This bridge is very similar to the truss approach span seen on the Coplay-Northhampton Bridge. Both spans feature riveted Parker trusses whose bottom chords and floorbeams are encased in concrete, and a truss web largely composed of rolled beams. HistoricBridges.org has slightly better documentation of the approach span on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, so be sure to view that page to see the concrete encased floor system and lower chord. Truss bridges similar to these two do not appear to be found outside of the Lehigh Valley area, suggesting they may be a county design. The concrete encasement is unusual as is the heavy use of rolled beams, as compared to the more common state standard truss bridges also being built during this period in Pennsylvania.
The ends of the Lynn Avenue Bridge's sidewalk railings terminate with decorative concrete pillars. The Lynn Avenue Bridge also has a earthen approach to provide the elevation needed to cross the railroad tracks.
This bridge is unfortunately slated for demolition and replacement, as is the Coplay-Northampton Bridge. It is most unfortunate that Pennsylvania has chosen to destroy these bridges. It is not known if any additional examples of this design survive. The Lynn Avenue Bridge appears to carry largely residential traffic and it is not a main route. The bridge likely could be rehabilitated for continued vehicular use.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The single span, 205'-long steel Parker thru truss bridge is supported on horizontally scored concrete abutments. Metal guiderails run along the inside faces of the trusses, with lattice railings enclosing the sidewalks. The truss bottom chords and the floor system is encased in concrete. The bottom lateral bracing is not encased. The bridge has been determined historic by the PHMC.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The Lynn Avenue Bridge carries a 2 lane road with 2 sidewalks over a railroad yard adjacent to (or in) the Bethlehem Steel Corporation mill in the City of Bethlehem.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Available
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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