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Hulton Bridge



Hulton Bridge

Photo taken by Brian McKee in January 2009



Hulton Bridge

Driving the Hulton Bridge northbound (Oakmont, PA)

Video posted by John Goold

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Street View 


Through truss bridge over Allegheny River on PA 2082 in Oakmont
Oakmont, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Future prospects
This unique landmark historic bridge is slated for demolition by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as soon as September 2015! Ugly replacement to commence construction September 2013!
Built 1909; rehabilitated 1991
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 504.9 ft.
Total length: 1,544.0 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.52726, -79.84680   (decimal degrees)
40°31'38" N, 79°50'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/597676/4486919 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Kensington West
Inventory numbers
PA 02 2082 0010 0148 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 01634 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30258 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2009)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 30, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • June 17, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added expected date of replacement and demolition!
  • August 1, 2012: New photo from Clark Vance
  • September 19, 2011: New photos from John Goold
  • August 14, 2011: New video from John Goold
  • January 4, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee



Hulton Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

any latest information on this bridge nathan?

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


It's pretty but it would clash stylistically and in color with the nearby Neshanic Station lenticular. :^)

How about replacing Pond Eddy with this?


Art S.

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Yes, it is pin-connected. A more extensive discussion of this: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Let me know if you would like this bridge in your back yard.

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Is this bridge pin connected?

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 5, 2013, by AR

It doesn't matter how much frosting you put on a turd, it's still not going to turn into a birthday cake.

Hulton Bridge
Posted March 6, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Hulton Bridge
Posted March 5, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You can paint it a Rainbow of colors, cover it in rich fabrics and lace, sprinkle it with glitter and rhinestones, and polish it to a mirror-like finish...

But a turd is still a turd!

Hulton Bridge
Posted March 5, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I love how they are defending the UCEB by calling it simple but elegant. I have found no matter how they package a UCEB it is still a UCEB with money wasted. It seems both ODOT and Penn Dot are sparing structurally deficient and in need of repair UCEBS and Steel Stringer Bridges to replace rather then rehabilitate beautiful truss bridges.

Hulton Bridge
Posted December 18, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Hulton Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Hey Nathan, can I borrow that bag for the bridge in MN, the one that is scheduled to come out? I'll definitely need it! Thx...

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Before you look at the rendering in the news article below, you might want to grab a...

Hulton Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Look at the ugly bridge that is going to replace this beauty.

Hulton Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The other choice is why not build another bridge downstream a few blocks and then put a strict weight limit on this bridge. The decreased weight and traffic flow will take a lot of stress of this bridge. What is sad about seeing this bridge go is the fact that it is most likely in the best condition of any bridge from that era in the world.

Hulton Bridge
Posted August 16, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is a must see for historic bridge lovers. Words cannot describe the experience a person gets going over this bridge. It seems that this bridge has a lot of its original parts and workmanship intact. The experience of going over this bridge reminded me a great deal of going over the Old Williamstown Bridge in Marietta, OH or the Old Masontown Bridge. This bridge is easy to reach from the PA turnpike and should be experienced before it is lost forever. It is also worth fighting for because the thought of this bridge being demolished despite the fact that it is over 100 years old and is in beautiful condition is wrong. Oakmont, PA needs to take a lesson from McConnellsville, OH. Build your modern slab bridge in another area and route all your through traffic and trucks onto that bridge. The Hulton Bridge will last longer with the reduced traffic load. When money becomes available rehabilitate the bridge. The current approaches and the surrounding areas don't lend themselves to a four land bridge anyways. Take my word for it, Oakmont will be rewarded handsomely in the form of tourist dollars if they preserve this bridge. Plenty of us Ohioans will be glad to relive the old times by experiencing this bridge and enjoying a meal at the nearby Ponderosa because both the historic bridges and the Ponderosas are gone from our state.