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Depot Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2, 2007 and July 6, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Depot Street (TR-805) Over Casselman River
Salisbury: Somerset County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Horseheads Bridge Company of Horseheads, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
108 Feet (32.9 Meters)
Structure Length
108 Feet (32.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.2 Feet (3.41 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge's beautiful and unique knee bracing is similar to the Hallton Bridge and thus may mean that bridge was also built by the Horseheads Bridge Company.

This is a beautiful truss bridge. The ornate knee bracing composed of twisted bars is an attractive and noticeable detail. Beyond that, the bridge is a traditionally composed and complete example of a pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge, a type rapidly disappearing from Pennsylvania on account of the repeating pattern of demolition and replacement occurring throughout the state. This bridge has been closed to traffic, raising fears that this bridge, perhaps one of only few examples remaining in the state built by the Horseheads Bridge Company, may be demolished as well.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 7 panel, pin-connected, 108'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge, built ca. 1894, is supported on concrete abutments with flared stone wingwalls. The lower chords and the diagonals are fabricated from forged eyebars, and its upper chords are built-up from channels and cover plates. It is technologically and stylistically similar to another bridge in the township (55720605023022) [now demolished] that is documented to the Horseheads Bridge Company of Horseheads, New York. This bridge was undoubtedly constructed by the same company. The bridge is a technologically significant example of its type, and its knee braces, which feature quartets of twisted bars radiating from the ends of the top lateral struts and portals, is a distinctive detail.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries 1 lane of a township road over a stream in a rural area on the west side of Salisbury. There are scattered, undistinguished and altered residences in the area dating from late-19th through modern 20th century. The area does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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