Be sure to view the survey form for this bridge since it includes a well-written and very detailed history about this bridge.
This five panel pin-connected full-slope Pratt pony truss was a traditionally composed structure that was a contributing resource in a registered National Historic District. It was also individually significant as an early example of a bridge associated with Nelson and Buchanan, who were extremely important builders and agents in Pennsylvania. Already in need of a preservation commitment spearheaded with a comprehensive rehabilitation project, the bridge was hit be a vehicle which severed part of a vertical member and seriously bent another, resulting in the closure of the bridge.
In response, PennDOT, who owned the bridge, decided to continue its track record for demolishing historic metal truss bridges and planned a replacement project, regardless of the individual significance and the contributions the bridge made to the rural historic district. The replacement plans were met with fierce local opposition as a number of individuals and groups (such as the Pennsylvania Land Use Coalition) attempted to halt the plans to replace the bridge and negotiate a comprehensive preservation plan for the bridge. Their efforts slowed the process of replacement down, but were ultimately unsuccessful, and the bridge was demolished. The contractor who demolished the bridge had trouble removing the structure and and commented that they thought the bridge could have stood for another hundred years.
The only positive result was that PennDOT did agree to mitigate the demolition of the bridge by salvaging the original truss webs from the bridge which they will place on the new bridge as decorations. This is a rather poor solution in a preservation sense, yet it is far better that destroying 100% of the original bridge material as seen in a traditional demolition project.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Trusses Converted To Decorative
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