This bridge is an excellent example of what appears to have been a standard plan plate girder bridge, because there are other examples of this design of bridge that are nearly identical in every detail. The design may have been one of the Erie Railroad. The design of the bridge consists of one larger plate girder span with a smaller plate girder span at each end. The relatively shallow through girders have pole railings mounted on top. Built-up steel bents are located under the ends of the larger central span.
This bridge was closed to all traffic. It was demolished some time after and a grade level crossing replaced it. While not an extremely noteworthy bridge, it still looked a lot nicer than nothing, and it does display bridge technology that for decades has longer been used on today's roads. If at least some examples of bridges like this are not preserved, the design will be lost forever.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1914, 3 span, 97'-long, built up thru girder bridge with pipe railings is supported on concrete parged ashlar abutments and steel bents. The bridge is an example of technology developed by the railroad industry in the 1840s and used on Pennsylvania highways since the late 19th century. It has no innovative or distinctive details. The three span girder bridge with deeper girders for the longer main span is a common railroad design. It is not continuous over the bents because the spans are joined at the webs of the girders, not at the flanges. The railroad line spanned by the bridge is not historically significant. The Erie Railroad had pretensions of being a major northeastern carrier, but a history of poor decision making and financial instability undercut its efforts, leaving it a minor player in interstate commerce between the midwest and the east coast.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a single Conrail railroad track (former Erie Railroad) in a wooded setting north of Saegertown. There is a mobile home development at the northwest quadrant, fronting along SR 6. The remaining quadrants are a mixture of fields and woods. The area does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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