The Pennsylvania Historic Bridge Inventory thought this bridge may have been built by the Groton Bridge Company. An inspection of the styles of this bridge including unusual sway bracing style, portal bracing style, latticed verticals, and the unusual appearance/design of the top chord hip vertical connection, all match the Lenhart Road Bridge and also Michigan's Bridge Street Bridge so closely that this bridge is without a doubt a Groton Bridge Company Bridge. The North Street Bridge has apparently lost its plaque and decorative finials.
This bridge is a significant structure because it highlights the characteristics of its builder, and also because it is a generally complete example of a through truss located in a historic district. Although the finials and plaques that made this company's particular design so beautiful are missing, the superstructure alone conveys a strong sense of beauty and history that is a genuine and important asset to Meyersdale.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The North Street Bridge is a 7 panel, pin-connected, traditionally composed Pratt thru truss bridge supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The trusses are traditionally composed, and the bridge appears to be complete. It was built within the ca. 1870-1930 period of significance of the determined eligible historic district, and it is thus a contributing resource. The bridge is similar to 55 7411 8142 3038 and may have been fabricated by the Groton Bridge Co.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 1 lane of a borough street over a stream on the west edge of Meyersdale borough on what appears to be the boundary of the Meyersdale Historic District determined eligible by PHMC in 1993.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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