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Long Hollow Road Bridge

Long Hollow Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Long Hollow Road (TR-367) Over Catawissa Creek
Rural: Columbia County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
140 Feet (42.7 Meters)
Structure Length
144 Feet (43.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

Located in a very rural location on a dead-end road is this beautiful truss bridge with handsome railing. One really stupid thing that Pennsylvania does, almost as if to spite the beauty and heritage of its bridges, is to install clearance signs right on top of bridge plaques. This has been done here, and it is shameful. The clearance sign should have been mounted on the portal bracing next to the plaque, a simple and obvious thing to do.

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Discussion of Bridge

The one span, 143'-long, pin connected, Pratt thru truss bridge was built in 1905, and it is supported on stone abutments with wingwalls. One downstream wingwall has been replaced with concrete. The trusses are traditionally composed with built up box sections for the upper chords and inclined end posts. The verticals are toe-out channels with lacing. The floorbeams are framed into the bottoms of the verticals, but the eye bar lower chords are pin connected. Rolled floorbeams and stringers support the timber deck. The original lattice railings are attached to the inner faces of the trusses. The bridge appears to be complete, but it is a late example of a very common type in the region. It has no innovative or distinctive details. The floorbeam connection marks the transition from all pinned to riveted field connections. There are over 120 metal truss bridges built between 1887 and the 1940s in the district. This bridge is not historically or technologically significant in comparison to the regional population.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of an unimproved township road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested area. All of the quadrants are wooded except the NE one that has a seasonal cottage. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No, But Later Updated To Eligible As

•Early use of rolled metal truss members
•Floorbeam connection marks the transition from all pinned to riveted field connection
•Artistic value – decorative railing, lattice portal and portal bracing, decorative builder’s plaque


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