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Meadow Run Road Bridge

Meadow Run Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Meadow Run Road Over Meadow Run
Rural: Fayette County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: York Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
53 Feet (16.2 Meters)
Structure Length
56 Feet (17.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.8 Feet (4.21 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a good example of a bridge known to have been built by the York Bridge Company. The bridge trusses are traditionally composed. The bridge has a 30 degree skew, which is uncommon among pin-connected truss bridges. The bridge retains original railings, which are an unusual design that the York Bridge Company used, and are composed of a series of vertical bars riveted together with a horizontal bar running through the center. These railings also have interesting rod connections to mount them to the end post.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 3 panel, 56' long and 14' wide pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1904 is supported on ashlar abutments with wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed with built up box section upper chords. The lower chords and diagonals are eyebars, and the verticals are back to back angles with lacing. The original square lattice railings remain inside the truss lines, and the deck is wood plank. While the bridge appears to be complete, it is a late and undistinguished example of its technology, which was common by 1895. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details and is representative of the standardized design that many fabricators were building since the 1890s. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant. The fabricator built several examples of this bridge in the county.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 1 lane unimproved township road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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