This bridge is an excellent example of a state standard steel stringer bridge from the mid 20th Century in Pennsylvania. Most importantly, the bridge retains the original ornamental railings with no modern railings added. The bridge is composed of two 60 foot spans. 60 foot spans are a common span length of steel stringer bridges from this period.
A short distance west of the bridge, there is a crumbling, abandoned wooden building that is a classic general store with its faded sign still legible on the top:
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1956, skewed, 2 simple span, 126'-long steel stringer bridge with welded cross bracing diaphragms is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls and a cutwater pier. Railings are standard design welded steel channel railings with concrete posts and vertical steel balusters. The bridge, although long, has no innovative or distinguishing details and is an example of the most common, 20th century bridge type in the state. Neither the bridge nor its setting/context are historically or technologically noteworthy. It is one of over 4341.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms west of Durbin. West of the bridge is a farmstead with a mid 20th century farmhouse and various outbuildings, but the modest, altered vernacular farmstead does not appear to be potentially eligible for the National Register.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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