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Bort Road bridge



Photo taken by Mike Niethe


BH Photo #362846


Street View 


Bort Road is a narrow country road that runs off route 20 just off of Route 90 near North East Pennsylvania. The bridge carries one lane of vehicle traffic over the CSX railroad. The deck of the bridge is wood. This is a neat spot to watch trains. This bridge crosses two tracks of the CSX, and is only about 100 feet from a grade level crossing of a different railroad. This bridge appears to be quite old. There is a handmade sign on the bridge indicating "save our bridge, it's scheduled for demolition".


Through girder bridge over CSX Railroad on Bort Road
Erie County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 74.2 ft.
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.22905, -79.78751   (decimal degrees)
42°13'45" N, 79°47'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/600054/4675919 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North East
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 16472 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 73469 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 5, 2016: Added by Mike Niethe



Bort Road bridge
Posted January 9, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Are they even going to put a slab in? Maybe its a demo only, with no replacement?

Bort Road bridge
Posted January 8, 2020, by Joel Wyman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

And in typical "we don't care about historical bridges" fashion PA can't wait to replace it with an ugly boring cookie cutter cement slab! Guess I need to get out to this one before they destroy it!

Bort Road bridge
Posted February 23, 2019, by John Marvig

Appears it may have used recycled railroad girders. Other similar bridges over railroads with altered floor beams and wooden stringers (picture 3) have proven to be constructed with secondhand girders.