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Cochranton Bridge

Cochranton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July, 2006

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-173 (Adams Street) Over French Creek
Cochranton: Crawford County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Alex C. Bailey of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Pennsylvania State Highway Department
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Main Span Length
155.0 Feet (47.2 Meters)
Structure Length
315.0 Feet (96 Meters)
Roadway Width
22.6 Feet (6.89 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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Cochranton Bridge

This is a two-span through Parker truss. Although Pennsylvania's massive-membered through truss bridges were built to a standard plan, they all manage to be different thanks to changes made to the plans over the years and for different site conditions. The heavy lattice portals on the bridge have been hit by trucks that was disobeyed clearance signage. Original lattice pedestrian guardrails remain on the bridge. Available plans for the bridge, as well as the good condition of the corrugated steel that forms the base of the deck, shows that the deck of this bridge has been redone once. This bridge forms a nice gateway in or out of Cochranton.

The bridge was fabricated by the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company of Pittsburgh, PA and Des Moines, Iowa. Alex C. Bailey of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania was the main on-site contractor for the bridge. 

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1930, two span, 315'-long, riveted Parker thru truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments and a concrete pier. The trusses are composed of built up members. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details. Built to a state highway department standard design, it is an undistinguished example of a common technology. Riveted truss bridges had been built in the state since the 1890s. Neither the bridge nor its setting is historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road and sidewalk over a stream in a sparsely developed, undistinguished area of early and mid 20th century houses. The setting does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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