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Millsboro Bridge

Millsboro Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-88 Over 10 Mile Creek
Millsboro: Washington County, Pennsylvania and Greene County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1932 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Pennsylvania State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
152 Feet (46.3 Meters)
Structure Length
313 Feet (95.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 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 ca. 2011!

This bridge, which appears to be in wonderful condition and provides a stunning climax as you cross Ten Mile Creek, is going to be demolished by PennDOT. Big surprise. This is one of the few remaining bridges with the double X heavy lattice style of portal bracing left in the state.

The conservative assessment of the dated 1996 historic bridge inventory does not help save a bridge like this. While a bridge like this may be an example of "common period technology" isn't that the point of saving history? So we can see what was the "norm" back in the 1920s. A bridge like this, with riveted connections and a stunning skewed through configuration, certainly isn't the norm today. And the way PennDOT goes after these bridges, they are quickly becoming rare.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 313'-long, skewed, 2 simple span, riveted Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on reinforced concrete abutments with flared wingwalls and a concrete pier. The upper chords are built-up members. The bottom chords, vertical members, stringers, and floorbeams are rolled section. A lattice railing is inside the downstream truss, and the sidewalk cantilevered off the upstream truss also has a lattice railing. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details, including the use of rolled sections for most truss members which was introduced in the mid 1920s, and it is an example of common period technology. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road and one sidewalk over a stream approximately 200 feet south of the intersection of SR 2029 and SR 88. There is a marina and a modern restaurant near the bridge, and the area does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


Photo Galleries and Videos: Millsboro Bridge

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2009 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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2009 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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2006 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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