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Perry Street Bridge

Perry Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2004 and July 1, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Perry Street Over Oil Creek
Titusville: Crawford County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1881 By Builder/Contractor: Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
123 Feet (37 Meters)
Structure Length
130 Feet (40 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: As of 2019, slated for demolition with possible replacement with non-historic pedestrian bridge!

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This is a nice classic pin connected Pratt through truss. Judging by the original ornate cast iron end posts that remain at the ends of the single cantilevered sidewalk, it once had ornate railings, but these have been replaced with modern railing. It does retain very tiny lattice hub-guard railing, which hide behind modern Armco guardrail. This bridge features road-ward orientation of its vertical member v-lacing which is less common. The bridge is an attractive structure on a residential street. Although the bridge had substantial deterioration, it would have been a great candidate for rehabilitation for continued light vehicular use. However, the bridge is slated for demolition and replacement.

A 2016 Titusville Herald newspaper article provided long-missing history of this bridge. It noted in 1881 it was built by Morse Bridge Company for $4000, but not opening until June 1, 1882. It noted in  June 5, 1892 that a fire in the creek caused the span to collapse, but that it was repaired and re-erected in place.

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Discussion of Bridge

The ca. 1885, pin connected, single span, 130'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge has several early and non-standard details. The floor beams are above the lower chords. The pins frame into the box-shaped verticals. There are minor welded and bolted repairs, the but the bridge is historically and technologically significant reflecting early thinking about design and connection details.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a two-lane street and a sidewalk over Oil Creek in a residential area with late-19th through mid-20th century houses in the city of Titusville. The bridge is at a T intersection with SR 8.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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