This bridge is a classic example of Pennsylvania's standard plan through Parker truss plan. It is closed to traffic and National Bridge Inventories list as being in a deteriorated condition. Its hard to imagine that a bulky 1935 bridge like this, following a design similar to other bridges in Pennsylvania that remain open to heavy traffic, has widespread deterioration. The reality is that even thought the bridge is currently closed, this bridge could certainly could be restored without much difficulty. The bridge is in a scenic area, and is located near a campground. Many people would enjoy seeing this bridge brought to life again, perhaps only for pedestrian use.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The one-span, 190'-long, riveted, steel Parker thru truss bridge dates stylistically to ca. 1935, and it is an example of a commonly used state standard design of the period. It is located on a bypassed section of state highway. The trusses are fabricated from built-up steel members and rolled sections and is supported on concrete abutments. The original riveted lattice railings are inside one truss line and at the cantilevered sidewalk. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details, and neither it nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a two-lane road over Slippery Rock Creek in a sparsely developed, wooded rural area with scattered 20th century residences and the Rose Point campground beyond the northwest quadrant. There are modern houses beyond the southeast quadrant. The setting does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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