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PA-93 Nescopeck Creek Bridge

PA-93 Nescopeck Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Michael E. Bloom

Bridge Documented: November 16, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-93 Over Nescopeck Creek
Rural: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Pennsylvania State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
125 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Structure Length
132 Feet (40.23 Meters)
Roadway Width
32.2 Feet (9.81 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is one of an unusually large number of historic bridges found on Nescopeck Creek. In particular, this bridge is the center of a trio of historic truss bridges that are located unusually close to each other. All three bridges serve north-south roads and each road is less than a quarter mile away from the next nearest road. It is not known why so three bridges were needed here. Indeed the redundancy seems to have been confirmed by the fact that the Kellers Road Bridge is now abandoned.

This bridge is a good representative example of a state standard plan pony truss bridge in Pennsylvania.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 132'-long steel rivet-connected Parker pony truss bridge built in 1936 is supported on concrete abutments with flared wingwalls. The truss members are built-up top and bottom chord sections, with rolled I beam sections used for the verticals and diagonals. Rolled floorbeams and stringers support a concrete deck. The original railings were replaced with W-beam guide rails when the deck was replaced in 1986. The bridge is an example of a state highway department standard design rivet-connected truss bridge that was used with great frequency beginning in the mid 1920s. It has no innovative or distinctive details. Approximately 75 riveted Parker truss highway bridges built between 1925 and 1957 have been identified. Neither the bridge nor its setting is historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane state highway with shoulders over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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