This seven panel structure has been abandoned, and is quite overgrown and hard to photo in the summer. The structure features a-frame portal bracing.
It is interesting to note that Skelly and Loy appeared to have more information when they documented the bridge than the Historic Bridge Inventory did. However, Skelly and Loy likely just went with the HBI non-historic listing, and did not re-evaluate potential significance. The York Bridge Company is an uncommon company, and should increase the significance of the bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The single span, 125'-long, pin connected, Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. It dates stylistically to ca. 1900. The upper chords and inclined end posts are built-up box sections, and the verticals are channels with lacing. The diagonals and the bottom chords are eye bars. The rolled floorbeams are suspended from the floor beams with U-shaped hangers. Original railings are attached to the inner faces of the trusses, but there have been some welded repairs. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details. It is located in a region noted for its fine, early truss bridges, so it is not historically or technologically significant within the local and regional population.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural area with scattered 20th century residences. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
Information From Skelly and Loy Demolition Mitigation Website
County Bridge Number 17 or the Woodruff Bridge is a pin connected Pratt thru truss bridge. Fabricated in 1905 by the York Bridge Company, it is a single span, 125' long bridge supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The upper chords and inclined end posts are built up box sections, and the verticals are channels with lacing. The diagonals and the bottom chords are eye bars. U-shaped hangers suspend the rolled floorbeams. There have been welded repairs to the original railings, which are attached to the inner faces of the trusses. This bridge has been determined to be not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
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