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Penns Creek Bridge


2007 view

Photo uploaded by Art S.

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BH Photo #466188



Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on TR 510
Centre County, Pennsylvania
Built 1886 by the Columbia Bridge Co., removed in 2007. Metalurgical studies conducted at Bucknell U.
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
6 panel, wrought iron Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 92.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85326, -77.49776   (decimal degrees)
40°51'12" N, 77°29'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/289459/4525470 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 14 7217 0510 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 44336 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30636 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: pics and details
  • December 31, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added loss date.
  • December 10, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Adjusted location pin
  • March 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status and Status Description.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Penns Creek Bridge
Posted December 31, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Does anyone have pictures of this one?

I can't find the ones I had.


Art S.

Penns Creek Bridge
Posted January 1, 2014, by Anonymous

Article regarding the bridge's availability from 2005:


Penns Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Of course, it is always possible that Penn DoT moved the bridge so it could be preserved as a pedestrian bridge. It would be nice if we had another "Elvis" bridge - one that reappears a few miles away after we all decide that it is lost.

Penns Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This would have been an interesting bridge to photograph. A structure built by the Columbia Bridge Works will never disappoint - unless it has been demolished and replaced by a UCEB of course. CBW structures often have some very unique features, but they are becoming quite rare.

There have been some great pics of Pennsylvania bridges uploaded to this site in the last few weeks. This would have been a welcome addition.

Penns Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2009, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

6/7/09 The bridge has been removed. Cement replacement bridge looked very recent.