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Arroyo Road Bridge

Arroyo Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 10, 2004

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Arroyo Road (TR-314) Over Clarion River
Location
Rural: Elk County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: Nelson and Buchanan of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
111 Feet (34 Meters)
Structure Length
281 Feet (86 Meters)
Roadway Width
12.5 Feet (3.81 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
24721003140010

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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 in 2004-2005!

View An Archived Discussion of This and Two Nearby Historic Bridges From Disappearing Bridges, a Website That No Longer Exists

In 2004, Elk County went on a heritage-destroying rampage, replacing and demolishing this beautiful bridge as well as the Shanley Road Bridge. The reasons given for demolishing this bridge were the same as with the Shanley Road Bridge. The feasibility of economically rehabilitating the bridges for vehicular use was the same. Visit the Shanley Road Bridge page for a much more extensive overview discussion of how these bridges could have and should have been preserved.

 The contractors had already removed the pony truss span that was at one end of this bridge when HistoricBridges.org visited this bridge. To to this fact, only a few overview photos of this bridge were taken. Even the weather would not cooperate, since it was also raining.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The pin connected, 3 span, 281'-long bridge consists of 2 Pratt thru truss spans over the channel and a single half-hip Pratt pony truss approach span. The bridge is supported on ashlar piers and abutments. The structure is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of an increasingly rare bridge type and design. Adding to its significance is its documentation to the Pittsburgh Bridge Company and its agents, Nelson & Buchanan Company, regionally prominent and prolific fabricators of highway bridges in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The single lane bridge carries an unimproved road over the Clarion River in a sparsely developed, forested setting in the Allegheny National Forest. The bridge is located at a Pennsylvania Game Commission public canoe access area. The setting does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
41.391670,-78.880000

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