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Pierceville Bridge

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Pierceville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-1029 Over Tunkhannock Creek
Rural: Wyoming County, Pennsylvania: United States

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
113 Feet (34 Meters)
Structure Length
115 Feet (35 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been relocated. This page and its photos and maps document the former location of the bridge.

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View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

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View The Original Patent For The Lenticular Truss

This bridge has been relocated and preserved for pedestrian use in Lazy Brook Park. Please also see HistoricBridges.org's page for photos and documentation of the bridge in its current location at Lazy Brook Park.

This eight panel structure was built by the Corrugated Metal Company, which later became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company. These companies are known for bridges such as the Pierceville Bridge, a patented type of truss known today as the lenticular truss. These bridges feature a beautiful and distinctive shape to them that is unique enough that they can be considered among the rarest types of bridges remaining in the country. The preservation of each surviving lenticular truss bridge is absolutely essential. Having been built by the Corrugated Metal Company, this is among the earliest examples of a lenticular through truss. It is also remarkably complete, with very few alterations. This is also one of the only bridges where the Historic Bridge Inventory itself strongly advocates for the preservation of the bridge. Be sure to review the HAER page for this bridge as it contains drawings and data pages that provide an informative historical narrative for this structure.

In June, 2015, a project to relocate and restore this historic bridge to nearby Lazy Brook Park for non-motorized traffic began. As of summer 2018 the project is complete and the bridge is open.

The preservation of the Pierceville Bridge is truly a historic moment for Pennsylvania. The Pierceville Bridge preservation project was an in-kind restoration of the bridge, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It is also believed to be the first PennDOT contract in decades to include riveting as part of the contract, and certainly the first PennDOT project to specify riveting for preservation work. Pennsylvania joins a growing number of states that understand the importance and feasibility of in-kind restoration and use of riveting in preservation work. Rivets were replaced with rivets rather than bolts. Any bridge parts that were beyond repair were replaced with replicas. In particular the edge bracing which had been damaged by floods, was replicated, as were the deteriorated end posts.

The general contractor for this project was Kriger Construction. The disassembly, restoration, and reassembly of the lenticular truss bridge was subcontracted to Bach Steel. McCormick Taylor was the engineer for the project.

View A June 11, 2015 Press Release By HistoricBridges.org Rergarding This Project: View in PDF Format or Microsoft Word Format.

Pierceville Bridge

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

There have been no changes in the bridge's status since the previous survey. This is an exceptionally important bridge and should be given the highest preservation priority. Spectacular.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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