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Kellers Road Bridge

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Kellers Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 19, 2010 and August 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kellers Road (TR-340) Over Nescopeck Creek
Location
Rural: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
102 Feet (31 Meters)
Structure Length
105 Feet (32 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
40723003407310

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is one of an unusually large number of historic bridges found on Nescopeck Creek. In particular, this bridge is the easternmost of a trio of historic truss bridges that are located unusually close to each other. All three bridges serve north-south roads and each road is less than a quarter mile away from the next nearest road. The Kellers Road Bridge is only a half mile straight line distance away from the westernmost of this trio of bridges. It is not known why so three bridges were needed here. Indeed the redundancy seems to have been confirmed by the fact that the Kellers Road Bridge is now abandoned.

This bridge is highly unusual because of its design details. The bridge's top chord and end post uses v-lacing and lattice where cover plate would normally be used. In addition, this detail is made even more unusual by the fact that it does not simply use v-lacing or lattice, but instead, lattice can be found on the middle sections of the end post and top chord. This combined use of v-lacing and lattice on beam sections suggests that the bridge may be the work of John Denithorne and Sons of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, who employed this sort of detail on some of their bridges. This bridge is also noted for its relatively simple and lightweight portal bracing. Indeed, the overall bridge construction seems fairly lightweight. This fact, as well as the unusual details, may also imply a bridge that is from an older generation of metal truss bridges, perhaps dating to the 1880s. The National Bridge Inventory gave a 1926 construction date, which is clearly not a valid construction date, but it may imply the bridge was relocated to this location for reuse at that time.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 105'-long Pratt through truss bridge is supported on stone abutments. The pin-connected truss tension members are eyebars and rods, with built-up compression members. Built-up floorbeams and rolled stringers support a timber deck. Wire ropes provide the bridge railings. The bridge, built in 1927 according to Penn DOT records, is a late example of its type, and may have been moved to this location in 1927, but was probably built earlier. The bridge has been determined eligible by PHMC.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The single lane bridge carries an unimproved road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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Although this bridge continues to be listed on the National Bridge Inventory and was inspected in 2008 implying public ownership, signs around the bridge suggest the bridge is now privately owned and thus not available to the public.

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
41.010510,-76.073860

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