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Majorsville Road Bridge

Majorsville Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Majorsville Road (Day Road, PA-3001) Over Enlow Fork Wheeling Creek
Location
Rural: Greene County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
102 Feet (31.1 Meters)
Structure Length
104 Feet (31.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.51 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
303001051017710

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is an attractive example of a pin-connected through truss. A 1901 construction date is given, but the bridge has some odd details regarding the floor beam location above the bottom chord, and the bottom chord which slopes down in the end panels. It is not known who built the bridge. The portal bracing is similar to 1900s Massillon Bridge Company bridges, but the unusual bottom chord detail is not.

There is all mannner of construction going on around this area. It appears that this may have once been a pristine area of beautiful hills and forests, with this quant truss bridge nestled away among the winding roads of the area.  However, today there is all sorts of industrial activity that appears to either be related to something like fracking or mining, or something of the sorts, and construction seems to be ongoing. A pungent natural gas style odor was around the area, and large underground ventilation equipment was visible near the bridge, as well as many pipelines. Large pickup trucks apparently related to all this were seen crossing this bridge. A worker was posted at the bridge to direct traffic. Given PennDOT's record for demolition of historic bridges, it would seem that a bridge in this setting doesn't stand a chance and likely awaits a fate similar to the natural beauty that once surrounded the bridge: It is likely this bridge will be replaced soon. This is unfortunate. The bridge would be an outstanding candidate for relocation and reuse on a non-motorized trail system.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 5 panel, 104' long and 17' wide pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge with the floorbeams placed above the lower chords is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed, and the floorbeams, which are connected with pin plates riveted to their outer edge, are built up. This is not a standard detail. The bridge dates to 1901, which is not early for a pin connected Pratt thru truss, but is a complete example with non-standard details, and it is among the oldest 10 examples in the district. It stands out in a county and region rich in truss bridges as a significant example of the important bridge type. The bridge is historically and technologically significant because of its completeness, relative rareness of the type, date of construction, and non-standard detailing.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries 1 lane of a state road over a stream in a sparsely developed, wooded setting on the Greene-Washington County line. A water filtration plant is beyond the southeast quadrant.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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