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Lackawaxen Railroad Bridge

Bridge 110.54

Lackawaxen Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: 2018

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Location
Lackawaxen: Pike County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Union Bridge Company of Athens, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York
Rehabilitation Date
1907
Main Span Length
132.6 Feet (40.4 Meters)
Structure Length
591.0 Feet (180.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a great example of how railroads would alter bridges (both long ago and more recently) to accommodate increasing loads and increased deterioration. First, the original 1894 bridge was altered in 1907. This is discussed in the HAER documentation. More recently additional alterations and repairs have been made, and are easy to spot on the bridge as they have a brighter orange rust color in the photos.

In recent history historic railroad truss bridges have come under increasing risk for demolition and replacement after many decades of very few being replaced. This bridge with its original lightweight construction followed by numerous repairs might seem like a possible at-risk railroad bridge, considering the line would appear to be a direct route to New York City. However the current owner of the railroad line has another flatter and parallel railroad line so this line (and thus the bridge) are likely not considered major corridors. The line likely only sees one of two Susquehanna engines per day. 

The 1907 photo below appears to show the repair work in progress.

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

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Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1907.

Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1933.

Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1971.


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