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Retreat Access Road Bridge

Retreat Access Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Retreat Access Road Over Susquehanna River
Rural: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
217 Feet (66.1 Meters)
Structure Length
1,205 Feet (367.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.4 Feet (5.61 Meters)
5 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This is a rare surviving multi-span example of a lightweight pin-connected Parker through truss. This is not the original location of the bridge, is was reportedly moved here ca. 1930. Don't let the pleasant sounding name fool you: this bridge doesn't lead to a vacation retreat, it leads to the State Correctional Institution at Retreat... a prison... and the prison is the only facility on the other side of the bridge. It is owned by the Department of Corrections. Walking on the bridge is therefore not advised. However, the prison is slated to be closed in June 2020 (or some unknown time after), so it is unclear whether that will make it easier to walk on the bridge, or if the bridge will be fenced off, or even worse, demolished. Whenever the prison is fully closed it is expected that bridge, prison, and property would be auctioned off and the fate of the bridge would be decided by any potential new owner.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 7-span, 1,205'-long, pin-connected Parker steel thru truss bridge has been determined eligible by PHMC (DOE 1/10/95). According to PHMC records, the bridge was originally located about 5 miles upstream. It was moved to this location ca. 1930.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 1 lane road and sidewalk over a stream. The bridge is the entrance to the Retreat State Correctional Instistute.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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This bridge leads to a prison, and the prison is the only facility on the other side of the bridge. It is basically a part of the prison. Walking on the bridge is therefore not advised.

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