3 votes

Sergeant Michael Strank Memorial Bridge


Looking north

Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 7/23/2011

BH Photo #205104

Street View 


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The 1921, 750'-long viaduct has a riveted, 176'-long, Parker thru truss main span and 8 thru girder, deck girder, and adjacent box beam approach spans. The last are replacements dating from 1977. The safety shape parapets and cantilevered sidewalk with modern steel railing date to 1984. The viaduct uses common technologies and has no innovative or distinctive details. Nor is it significant in association with the former Pennsylvania Railroad main line, because the viaduct was built as a highway oriented project meant primarily to improve vehicular traffic flow, not by the railroad to increase the efficiency of its operations. The viaduct is neither historically nor technologically significant.


Through truss bridge over Little Conemaugh River on PA 271 in East Conemaugh
East Conemaugh, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Demolished and replaced by a new bridge
Built 1921; rehabilitated 1977/1984
- Bell-Bockel Co. of Altoona, Pennsylvania
- Ferris Bridge/Engineering Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Engineer/Design)
Main Span: Fixed Metal Riveted Parker Through Truss
Approach Spans: Fixed Metal Through Girder
Length of largest span: 173.9 ft.
Total length: 750.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Also called
Little Conemaugh River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.34403, -78.88450   (decimal degrees)
40°20'38" N, 78°53'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/679675/4468089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
PA 11 0271 0280 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 08506 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30601 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • July 24, 2011: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • July 23, 2011: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • July 23, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description, name, bridge builder, other details



Sergeant Michael Strank Memorial Bridge
Posted July 23, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Lest we forget: Michael Strank was the leader of the Marines photographed raising the flag on Iwo Jima. He died ten days later.