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Knecht Bridge

Photos 

HAER PA,19-MAVI.V,1-1

HAER

BH Photo #190923

Map 

Description 

The old bridge is gone, but there is a plaque here dedicated to its memory.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Catawissa Creek on TR 413
Location
Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built in 1893 by King Bridge Co.; replaced 1997
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 115.2 ft.
Total length: 121.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Knight Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96143, -76.35653   (decimal degrees)
40°57'41" N, 76°21'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/385846/4535361 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shumans
Inventory numbers
PA 19 7214 0413 0044 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 12822 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 41525 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 33.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
50

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2010: New photos from Brian McKee

Sources 

  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 25, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Penn dot is pursuing a historuc bridge analysis and lookibg to preserve at least the best exames in the regions. FHWA is looking at using documantation mitigation money differently. They are talking to us experts Tony. We were on a conference call with dot and shpo....looking to save Wileys in place now as they got some pushback. Still an expensive fix that they dont know how to fund.

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Jeff Blanchek (jeblanchek [at] live [dot] com)

Funny this location was my childhood swimming hole. I never once thought of any historical significance. After reading the document it references 4 family members. I feel very attached to the bridge.

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Art Suckewer (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony, I think attitudes are slowly starting to change at PENNDOT.

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't think that PennDOT really cares if they get the date right James... Just a shallow effort to fulfill a requirement.

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Another mystery is why the historic marker says it was built in 1920. County records (as cited by the Historic American Engineering Report) show that the contract with the King Bridge Co. was made in January 1893.

Knecht Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Jeff Blanchek (jeblanchek [at] live [dot] com)

Thanks, That explains the confusion on the name.

Knecht TR413 Iron Bridge Rd. Bridge
Posted May 23, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Knecht is often mistranslated as the English word knight. Knecht is actually servant or helper and kavalier is knight but I've heard the two mixed up for years. Here's a common example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6UxJO2FAyQ

Knecht TR413 Iron Bridge Rd. Bridge
Posted May 23, 2014, by Jeff Blanchek (Jeblanchek [at] live [dot] com)

Why is it called Knecht Bridge when all historical documents reference it as Knight bridge. Also documents say it was built 1893 . Bridge plaque 1920.

Knecht TR413 Iron Bridge Rd. Bridge
Posted July 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

PennDOT seems to have a personal grudge against the King Bridge Company. Total number of King bridges in Pennsylvania is small, yet demolition rate is high. My next upcoming HistoricBridges.org update will feature two doomed King Bridge Company bridges and a discussion of this.

Knecht TR413 Iron Bridge Rd. Bridge
Posted July 25, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

P.S.

We made this marker by melting down and reusing part of this historic bridge.

PennDOT