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.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
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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