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Little Mexico Bridge

Little Mexico Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Little Mexico Road (PA-1013) Over Penns Creek
Location
Rural: Snyder County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2007
Main Span Length
126 Feet (38 Meters)
Structure Length
262 Feet (80 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
31159

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Bridge Documentation

This relatively early rivet-connected through highway truss bridge is also noted for its handsome railing. The 

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Discussion of Bridge

The 2 span, 262'-long, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge built in 1905 is supported on an ashlar pier and abutments with flared wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed with the upper chords and end posts being built up box sections, the verticals and diagonals being channels or angles with lacing, and the lower chords and end panel diagonals being eye bars. Rolled floorbeams and stringers carry an open steel grid deck place in 1960. the original lattice railings have been replaced by W-beam guiderails placed inside the trusses. Sections of the lattice railings remain atop the eastern wingwalls only. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details, and it reflects the standarization that came to dominate the pin-connected Pratt truss type/design after the mid 1890s. It is not historically or technologically significant. It is located in a region with over 120 metal truss bridges dating from ca. 1880 through the 1940s.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with a modern campground at the SE quadrant. Beyond the NW quadrant is a highly altered vernacular ca. 1900 frame house. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes (Updated Finding Below)

•Early use of rolled metal truss members
•Artistic value – some original lattice railings, lattice portal and bracing
•Important designer, builder, or engineer

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