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McClintock Bridge

McClintock Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 1, 2006 and August 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-8 Over Oil Creek
McClintock: Venango County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: T. J. Foley and Engineer/Design: Pennsylvania State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
152 Feet (46.3 Meters)
Structure Length
312 Feet (95.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
28.5 Feet (8.69 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This historic bridge was demolished and replaced by PennDOT in 2012!

Among the state-designed truss bridges of the 1920s-1940s, this bridge has one of the most uncommon portal bracing designs. Another example of this portal design was seen on the Millsboro Bridge. The McClintock Bridge is a two-span Pratt through truss bridge. Each span is composed of seven panels. There is lattice under the top chord. A cantilevered sidewalk, which features lattice railings, is present on the west side of the bridge. Original railings do not remain on the bridge and modern Armco railings have been added. The bridge is fairly wide, and vertical clearance is reasonable on this bridge. The bridge is a functional crossing that also has a great deal of aesthetic value. The finding of this bridge as not historic is the result of the decision to consider all nearly all standard plan truss bridges in Pennsylvania as not historic. This decision does not reflect the potential factors a bridge might have for National Register eligibility in terms of being a good representative example of a period of time in the history of bridge construction. At the least, a number of these state standard truss bridges should be considered National Register eligible as good representative examples. This bridge should be considered eligible as an uncommon example of its portal bracing design. Given the dimensions of the bridge and the overall condition of the bridge, rehabilitating and preserving the bridge makes sense, and is a logical course of action that would likely also represent a sound fiscal decision as well. What, then, is the fate of this bridge? PennDOT plans to demolish and replace this bridge with a slab of pre-stressed concrete box beams.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1930, riveted, skewed, 2 span, 312'-long (2 @ 156'), Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments with flared wingwalls and a concrete pier. The trusses have built up upper and lower chords and rolled I section verticals and diagonals. Built to a state highway department standard design that was used with great frequency since in the mid 1920s, the bridge has no innovative or distinctive details. SR 8 traversed the west side of the state from Waynesburg (Greene County) to Erie, passing through Pittsburgh. One of more than a half dozen north-south, trans-state routes, its traffic was mostly local in nature. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road and a sidewalk over a stream south of Rouseville. At the northwest quadrant is a modern oil refinery. Across the road is an abandoned cinder block factory building. The other quadrants are wooded. The area does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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