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Paines Bridge

Smith Road Bridge, County Bridge Number 12

Paines Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Smith Road (TR-358) Over Towanda Creek
Location
Rural: Bradford County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: United Construction Company of Albany, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1962
Main Span Length
122 Feet (37 Meters)
Structure Length
127 Feet (39 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
87209035800120

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Bridge Documentation

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This seven panel truss bridge is a traditionally composed early 20th Century structure. It features a-frame style portal bracing. It is noteworthy for association with a bridge company for which little is known.

The fact that little is known about this company, and the fact that what you can see of the plaque looks ornate, makes the fact that the clearance sign is mounted right on top of the plaque even more infuriating than it normally is. There is absolutely no reason why clearance signs should be mounted directly on builder plaques. Such action only further confirms the lack of awareness and concern for historic bridge present in the various agencies responsible for bridges in Pennsylvania.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 127'-long steel riveted Pratt thru truss bridge dating stylistically to ca. 1910 is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The truss members are built up of angle and channel sections, with plates on the top chord. Rolled floorbeams, stringers and riser beams support an open grid steel deck that was placed in 1962. Pipe railings are attached to the inside face of each truss. The bridge is a late example of a technology that was used since the late 1890s. It has no innovative or distinctive details and is not technologically noteworthy. It was extensively rehabed by the county in 1962.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The single lane bridge carries an unimproved township road over a stream in a forested setting with several residences visible from the bridge. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

Information From Skelly and Loy Demolition Mitigation Website

County Bridge Number 12 or Paines Bridge is a riveted Pratt thru truss bridge. Built in 1908 by the United Construction Company, it is a single span, 127' long bridge supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The truss members are built up of angle and channel sections, with plates on the top chord. An open grid steel deck, placed in 1962, is supported by rolled floorbeams, stringers and riser beams. Pipe railings are attached to the inside face of each truss. This bridge has been determined not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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