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Brownsville Road Bridge

PA-88 Peters Creek Bridge

Brownsville Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 5, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Brownsville Road (PA-88) Over Peters Creek
Location
Rural: Washington County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: F. S. Wilson of Kittanning, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1995
Main Span Length
63 Feet (19 Meters)
Structure Length
65 Feet (20 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
62008807600000

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This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a highway through plate girder in Pennsylvania. The through plate girder was common on railroads, and common in a couple states like Pennsylvania and New York, but in many states they are uncommon to find on highways. This example shows signs of substantial section loss in the girder web where the builder plaques are/were mounted, evidence of how placing metal on top of metal traps moisture leading to deterioration. What does this fact mean for preservation work? If bridge plaques are mounted on bridge superstructure metal, preservation work may involve remounting the plaque so that it does not rest against the metal. Placing washers on the bolts may accomplish this for example. Alternatively, sealing the area behind the plaque away from moisture may be a possibility.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 65'-long, built-up, steel through girder bridge, built in 1916, is supported on reinforced concrete abutments with wingwalls. Girder bridges were first developed by the railroad industry in the 1850s, and they were used on roadways beginning in the late 19th century. The bridge is a common type used by Washington County in the 1900s and into the 1910s. The bridge is of common design, and neither it nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a two-lane road over a stream in an area dominated by undistinguished 20th century commercial development in the village of Finleyville. The area does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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