This bridge is noted for its v-lacing on its top chord and end posts and for its unusually short span length. The current deck stringers on the bridge actually are positined slightly above the floorbeam of the truss so in fact this bridge is functioning as a steel stringer, and the trusses are only supporting themselves.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The one-span, 31'-long, pin-connected Pratt truss bridge fabricated in 1897 is composed of standard built-up members and eye bars. Prior to 1973, the steel stringers and timber deck were replaced. They no longer bear on the truss floorbeams. The northern stone abutment was completely replaced with a concrete abutment after flood damage in 1972. The truss bearings have been encased in concrete. The alterations to this short-span truss bridge are intrusive and constitute a significant loss of integrity of original design. Numerous unaltered examples of the popular late-19th-century truss type and design have been identified in Northumberland County and the region.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 1 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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