This highly significant historic bridge is a very large and old example of the Penn Bridge Company's work, located a short distance from the bridge company's home town of Beaver Falls. This rare multi-span Whipple truss bridge displays the same unusual double-pin detail at the ends of the top chord as found with smaller bridges built by the company during this period such as the Coal Center Bridge. As rare as Whipple truss bridges are today, multi-span Whipple truss bridges like this two span example are exceedingly rare. The bridge is also significant as one of the most important surviving examples of this noteworthy Pennsylvania-based bridge company.
The bridge has a cantilevered sidewalk present on the south side of the structure and the sidewalks retain original lattice railings. The railings curve away from the bridge at the ends and terminate in ornate cast iron end posts.
The bridge has carried a fairly large amount of traffic, but there are apparently ongoing efforts to build an additional bridge and new road over the Beaver River south of this bridge a ways, and it is expected that the majority of traffic that used the Fallston Bridge will instead use this new bridge, bringing the traffic volume on this historic bridge down to a more appropriate volume.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The two-span, 406'-long, steel and/or iron double intersection Pratt (Whipple) through truss bridge, built in 1884. It was determined eligible as a result of the Section 106 consultation process.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The Fallston Bridge carries a two-lane road over the Beaver River connecting the boroughs of Fallston and New Brighton. The intersection with SR 18 is at the east approach.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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