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Paxton Bridge

Paxton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Paxton Farm Road Over Chartiers Creek
Location
Rural: Washington County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1919 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Structure Length
51.8 Feet (15.79 Meters)
Roadway Width
10.8 Feet (3.29 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
627207066140400

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This historic bridge was demolished and replaced.

This quaint little bridge is so small that the railings are as high as the top chord! With a 1919 construction date one might be surprised to see such a small warren pony truss with riveted connections being listed with a high level of historic significance. However this is one of the first bridges to use rolled H section beams for a top chord and end post. As such the bridge is quite historic since it anticipates, well ahead of time, the transition away from built-up beams and rolled American Standard Beam style i-beams.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 52' long and 13' wide Warren pony truss bridge dated 1919 is supported on one concrete abutment with wingwalls and one ashlar abutment. The top chords and inclined end posts are rolled H section. All other members are traditionally composed. A two rail high steel channel railing has been attached to the bridge and finished with squared ends that extend beyond the end posts. The bridge is historically and technologically significant as one of the earliest if not the earliest documented application of the rolled H section for compression members, and it is a technologically significant. There are apparently no original plans for the bridge.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a township road over a stream. Southwest of the bridge is a large gravel pile from a stone crushing plant. North are scrub woods and fields. The area does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.250350,-80.220160

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