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Messerall Road Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #144522


YouTube video of Messerall Road Bridge

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Bowstring through truss bridge over Pine Creek on Messerall Road
Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Moved from original location for rehabilitation and relocation.
Built 1876 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1960
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.6 ft.
Also called
Pine Creek Bridge
East Titusville Bridge (original name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.62212, -79.63615   (decimal degrees)
41°37'20" N, 79°38'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/613617/4608719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Titusville South
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
PA 20 7214 0993 3020 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 13450 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 43132 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 11, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is in storage for restoration.
  • April 6, 2019: New Street View added by Jeff Wieland
  • April 6, 2019: New video from Brian Manville
  • May 11, 2018: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • June 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Keystone columns to Categories
  • August 7, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER PA-495 - Pine Creek Bridge, Spanning Pine Creek at Messerall Road (Township Route 993), Titusville vicinity, Crawford County, PA
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brian Manville
  • Jeff Wieland
  • Nathan Holth


Messerall Road Bridge
Posted August 11, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge has been picked for relocation. Unusual method used to pick the bridge. Note all the timbers braced into the truss. It worked though, they didn't drop it! So far so good!



Messerall Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2019, by Brian Manville

I've added a video for the bridge that I found on YouTube.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's how I found it then, on Nathan's historicbridges. Maybe never posted our pictures or interest here, just visited when we were in Titusville doing a site vist in S. Perry Street or should that be Oil Creek Bridge. FASCINATING.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Luke

Name is the same as it was on January 4th, 2010:


Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I don't think it was changed. HAER lists it as Pine Creek Bridge At Messerall Road. Historicbridges.org lists it as Messerall Road Bridge. The original entry was probably based on the HAER data.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by dana&kay

Not my anonymous even though added right after me.

3 things I'm SURE of

1) YOU are not Aribella !

2) I didn't change it

3) Its a way cool bridge glad its going to be saved.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found it just fine, however, who changed the name and why, and can asearch include all the bridge names? Why the snarky response under anonymous? Might think it is Alucia....lol. Trying to school me won't help. It was Messerall Road before. Im sure there is a reason it was changed.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Anonymous

If you only look at names and don't bother reading descriptions, that's YOUR fault, not anyone else's.

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

PennDot calls this one Messeral Road Bridge and they are planning to pull and put into storage. I thought this was a new bridge inder Pine Creek Bridge name. Would we have found it in the search engine as we have in the past?

Pine Creek Bridge
Posted February 27, 2017, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

Talk about fracture critical!