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Miller Station Road Bridge


Approaching the bridge by car

Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2010


BH Photo #182005


Through truss bridge over French Creek on PA 1016
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Built 1887 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Cast and wrought iron Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 136.2 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.81032, -79.98393   (decimal degrees)
41°48'37" N, 79°59'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/584398/4629215 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Millers Station
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
PA 20 1016 0070 1893 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000829 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 30794 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2010)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 13.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2018: New photos from Janis Ford
  • June 12, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Removed From Available List
  • March 9, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge is being replaced as of March 9, 2011
  • November 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated planned demolition date.
  • October 12, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith



Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a picture.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Luke. I'll give it a try next time. Just to be sure, the picture in your post is now on this site, not just a link, correct?

Art S.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Art, all it takes is the "Print Screen" key.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I assume the bridge is now gone. Someone that has better computer skills than I do should somehow capture the marketing page for posterity:



Art S.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted June 14, 2011, by Matt Lohry

This whole idea of bridges being unsafe because they are "fracture critical" is total malarkey. The Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis currently under construction is as fracture critical as they get, so they are certainly still being built. It's just a sorry excuse to wipe out every last historic truss bridge remaining in order to put up ugly new structures that the public supposedly "wants". The Washington Avenue Bridge, which provides access to the University of Minnesota's East Bank from downtown Minneapolis, is being rehabilitated. This bridge is a large steel girder bridge and also is fracture critical, as there are no intermediate stringers between the outside ones. But, since it's ugly, not historic, and not a truss, it will remain in place.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the clarification.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

French Creek is large enough that most states probably would call it a river.

The replacement structure at this location is not a culvert, but is a two span pre-stressed spread box beam bridge according to construction plans. Two 85 foot spans for a total of 170 feet. Like most modern bridges, the structure is inferior to the superior technology of the 1800s, since it introduces a pier into the river, which can impede the flow of water. I realize metal truss bridges like Miller Station are "fracture critical" however the bridge stood for over a century without collapse, which demonstrates that fracture critical bridges... even those like the historic cast and wrought iron Miller Station Bridge which had their maintenance and repairs deferred and are allowed to deteriorate... can be safe.

The culverts seen on site might be temporary for construction or for approach work.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It certainly would not be the first time that a series of culverts, or even a low water crossing has replaced a truss. I have seen plenty examples of streams that could be crossed in highwater when a real bridge was in place, and now you can't get through when the water rises.

This is almost becoming par for the course...or in the case of this particular bridge PA(r) for the course. (Just a silly pun, no disrespect to Pennsylvania intended)

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by David A. Shaw (scpry1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did I Read you right? A series of massave culvert pipes to replace this bridge?! Thats going to wash out in the nest flood. Not only has PDOT flushed the bridge down the toilet - your tax money also.

Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted February 19, 2011, by Mike Baker (mikeb226 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wnet down to the bridge to get some of my own last pictures.

It looks like they are replacing he bridge with a large tubed culvert, judging by the large tubes sitting on the bank next to the bridge.

The pics I took can be seen here:


Miller Station Road Bridge
Posted November 2, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Okay PennDOT........don't want you to feel slighted......