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Hertzler Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 21, 2018, by JS (jscottyg73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge will remain closed until they do the full rehab in 2019.

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/hertzler-bridge-to-remain-c...

Posted May 17, 2018, by Mike (drparks71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good information about it's history but two notes. It's not technically owned by Amtrak they only own the east abutment, NS actually owns the west abutment and the structure of the bridge was donated to the capital area transit authority in the 1990s and they currently own the majority of the bridge. The other note I have is about it potentially becoming part of the corridor one commuter rail. The idea has been floated, but because of how the ownership is currently, that deal would require the approval of both railroads and for MTA to be able to afford any repairs or upgrades on the bridge. Since both railroads on either side are currently active, increased foot traffic in areas around the tracks are a major liability to them, and the current condition of the walnut st. bridge implies the city isn't exactly rolling in dough. I would say there's little to no chance of that ever panning out.

Posted May 15, 2018, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,this is the bridge listed in the paper I read yesterday.I've been over this bridge many times over the past years and don't see any structural deterioration up on the surface.Probably underneath.Don't know the build date on this bridge.That might have something to do with it.

Posted May 14, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George this may be one being replaced per Reading Eagle article.

Posted May 14, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in todays Reading Eagle that work on this bridge will be completed by August 26.A new concrete center pier has been poured and its end piers will be done next.New support beams should arrive by mid-June according to what I read in the article.Any further information I will post here.

Posted May 14, 2018, by Dave price (atvhonda [at] sssnet [dot] com)

Do you know when the bridge will be inspected, and are plans to repair it or close it, I own a cabin in mayburg. Thanks

Posted May 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Mystery Bridge upstream from here south of Niobe NY Chautauqua county

Pine Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
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 (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 11, 2018, by Luke

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

https://web.archive.org/web/20100104092612/https://bridgehun...

Pine Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
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 (Pennsylvania)
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 (Pennsylvania)
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 (Pennsylvania)
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 (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 11, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Pine Creek pony

Pine Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
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?

Posted May 11, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for finding this bridge and also the information on this bridge.

Posted May 10, 2018, by Randall Gustafson (randy [dot] gustafson [at] gmail [dot] com)

Has been updated with a 'bridge on a bridge' and reopened to traffic. Original superstructure remains intact under a new steel deck girder with a new wood deck. Approaches raised to meet new deck height.

Grays Ferry Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 10, 2018, by Luke
Grays Ferry Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looking at the satellite picture of this bridge I see a truss bridge which I think is a swing truss.Anybody know anything about this bridge?I didn't even know this bridge was here until somebody asked about it.From looking at it I can tell it's a railroad truss bridge.Can't miss it,that's for sure.

Posted May 10, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good call Art, I was trying to tell but wasn't sure.

Posted May 9, 2018, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for pointing out the pictures! It's a Wrought Iron Bridge Co. Bowstring from the mid 1870s. The tubes/columns are Keystone rather than Phoenix. You can tell by the flat surfaces on the cross section.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 9, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pretty sure this is a phoenix bridge company bowstring, its on a random driveway in PA. There is a link to a flickr photo.

Posted May 8, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Jeff!

Posted May 8, 2018, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 8, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

BPRR or BP RR ?

Posted May 7, 2018, by Brian Manville

It's got steel I-beams crossing the creek and everything else is wood.

This is actually in Forest County and not Warren. The original FR notation for the bridge location indicates a Forest County Road.

Posted May 6, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Per NBI the 1935 span was timber stringer. I suspect the 1993 rehab was a total replacement.

Posted May 6, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Agreed, steel stringer. Notable? Historic?

Posted May 5, 2018, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like steel beams from the side photos.

Posted April 27, 2018, by JP (Wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted April 24, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Okay,Royce.Either way when I get up there I'll find out for sure if anything is running on the rails freight or passenger wise and especially look at the bridges.The covered bridge i really want to look at.Steamtown might have some information on anything rail and bridge related.

Posted April 23, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I added a related bridge link between the two pages.

Posted April 23, 2018, by Shalom

The History page on the bridge company's website states: "The Perkins Brothers had salvaged a bridge across the Susquehanna near Muncy, Pa. They brought three trusses manufactured by the Phoenix Iron Works and the capital to fund the construction. "

Is that (lost) bridge documented here? And if so, could it be linked to this one?

Posted April 23, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

George,

Im going to walk back my previous statement about the cars being gone. I think I was looking at an earlier photo not later photo, sorry

Royec

Posted April 23, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Royce,I plan on being up in that area later this year because i do alot of fishing up in that area and my fiancee wants to go to the railroad museum up that way.I was basically curious about the bridges,rail and railcars.Also if you say the cars are gone then the rails are probably being used.I've seen rails down here in Reading Pa being used for storage.Thanks again,Royce.

Posted April 23, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Luke,I have a couple of questions.First,I followed the rail and saw a spur that deadended at the coal yard which looks like it's being used partially by Lackawanna recycling.I noticed rail cars behind the building.Are they abandoned along with the rail?Also I saw another bridge which i was wondering if it was also on bridgehunters.Thanks for any help.

Posted April 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Luke,thank you for the bridge you listed.

Posted April 22, 2018, by Luke
Posted April 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com 5)

I took a look at this bridge and noticed another bridge next to this one.Is the other bridge I saw on Bridgehunter?

Posted April 21, 2018, by Luke
Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted April 20, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Saw an article concerning this bridge in yesterday's Reading Eagle.The article stated that work on this bridge already is running 6 months behind schedule.Now a delay has come up concerning utility work.The coordination of the utility work set the $4.8 million project back 87 days and it would cost nearly $480,000 to get the bridge done on the original timeline.If and when I get further news I'll post it and let you all know.

Posted April 16, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My mistake printing this twice.Didn't realize it.Oh well.S**t happens.

Posted April 16, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle that the trail that runs over this bridge will be closed starting today while a crane is removing the logjam created under this bridge by debris and trees that fell in the water.A private grant in the amount of $60,000 was obtained for this project which will take 8 days to complete.

Posted April 16, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle that the trail that runs over this bridge will be closed starting today while a crane is removing the logjam created under this bridge by debris and trees that fell in the water.A private grant in the amount of $60,000 was obtained for this project which will take 8 days to complete.

Posted April 14, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Like this "Gloat plate"

Posted April 13, 2018, by Phillip shoop (Psilovetrains [at] aol [dot] com)
Posted April 13, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are Ardmore pics from same location. Don't even know if there is an entry, didn't find it on a quick search.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/117592822@N04/albums/721576567...

Posted April 13, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted April 13, 2018, by Luke

Yeah, this scenario is different from what happened on the Lawrence, MA entry.

This is someone making a maliciously false post on a reputable source, and multiple people (Not just Amanda.) falling for it due to it being a reputable source.

The other was her taking locals' words as gospel, not fact-checking what they said with available materials (Both historicmapworks & historicaerials disproved the locals' claims.), then getting unnecessarily defensive about being told to fact check.

Apples to oranges

Posted April 13, 2018, by Matt Lohry

The arson reports first surfaced on the American Society of Civil Engineers website, which is otherwise perfectly legitimate, so to me there was all the reason in the world to take the story as legitimate. If it were Wikipedia, Pinterest, Facebook, or other similar social media outlets, then there would be more reason for scrutiny, but given the circumstances I cannot fault Amanda for taking the story as truth. At least we all know what’s going on now!

Posted April 13, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So Amanda posts bogus information, is asked for proof, then apologizes and all of a sudden its great job Amanda for great news fake news.

These bridges can be repaired, they were saved for a reason

I guess I'm with Luke, check your facts before you post and maybe less hyperbole.

Posted April 12, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Too cool....love it

Posted April 12, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Being a bridge hunter means the best news of the day is a bridge isn't actually destroyed.... Thanks for uncovering the truth Amanda!

Posted April 12, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Workin' Bridges with the Bach gang has studied this bridge for reuse and it is awesome. I wondered how it could be destroyed when it is on the side of a parking lot in grass. There is some intention to restore both or utilize in display.

Posted April 12, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would be awful if fire could destroy those cast iron trusses, can you provide a source? There are two bridges there, Ardmore and Ronks.

Posted April 11, 2018, by Dan (dannosaur68 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is slated for replacement possibly starting 2018.

Posted April 4, 2018, by Anonymous

I read an article in yesterday's Reading Eagle that due to weather conditions New Holland Road will be closed starting 4/3/18.Work on replacement had been set to begin March 26 and was previously postponed until Monday.Monday's snow was responsible for the further delay. Construction is still scheduled to be completed in mid-June.However unfavorable weather or unforseen circumstances could change the schedule.

Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted April 4, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle today that completion of work on this bridge which is currently closed has been pushed back to May 2019 at a cost of $4.8 million for the replacement.

Penn Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted April 2, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was just over this bridge Saturday and the lane patterns are still the same as what I last reported.The arches on the outbound side are getting worked on.By the way,this bridge was dedicated on May 24,1914 according to the Reading Eagle article I read.

Posted March 31, 2018, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Bridge still in place and intact as of March 2018.

Posted March 26, 2018, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was always bummed about the destruction of the 3 spans back in 1996. From the looks of it the piers look too small and unsubstantial to hold up such a long span so it should be considered a miracle that the remaining spans are still up today. This bridge has to be one of the longest structures of it's kind still left so more effort should have been placed on preserving this back in the 1990's. The 21st century and PennDOT are not being very kind to these beautiful structures.

Neff Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 26, 2018, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Proof that so many other bridges in PA could have been rehabbed and not destroyed over the years. It's a shame that they couldn't have used a more interesting steel deck or timber and carried over the rivets.

Birmingham Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 26, 2018, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks goodness it's on a dead end road. If it wasn't the "BUTCHER" of historical bridges PENNDOT would have needlessly destroyed it by now.

7th Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 25, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Rare bridge, worth a pop in if in area. Easy access

Parker Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 22, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Luke think you nailed it!

Posted March 20, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the bridge,Dana and Kay.The Reading Eagle article mentioned 1925 as the build date so I really don't know myself.

Posted March 20, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George not sure NBI lists 1927 build date. Maybe this one?

Posted March 19, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the bridge,Dana and Kay.You are correct.

Posted March 19, 2018, by Dana&Kay

George Might be this one!

Posted March 19, 2018, by Anonymous

I just saw on the map that the Moselem Creek flows under both of these bridges which can confuse people about the article about the bridge on Rte. 143 getting replaced.This bridge is not getting replaced.

Posted March 19, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nice pony truss,Dana and Kay.The bridge i mentioned that's getting replaced is on Rte.143 between Rte.662 and Moselem Church Rd. Over Moselem Creek.

Posted March 19, 2018, by Tom Johnson (wtjohnson1958 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found this photo postcard among my fathers pictures.

Posted March 18, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George this is 1905 bridge

Posted March 14, 2018, by Rob (robstahl [at] gmail [dot] com)

Location here is a bit off. Coordinates are approx. 40°31'02.1"N 75°17'27.7"W

Posted March 13, 2018, by Dan Martin (saiengr [dot] com)

The bridge is closed to traffic as of 3/08/18

Posted March 13, 2018, by Dan Martin (dmartin [at] saiengr [dot] com)

The bridge is closed to traffic as of 3/8/18

Dornsife Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 13, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yet another dumb truck has damaged a bridge!

http://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/damaged-bridge-will...

Hertzler Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 8, 2018, by Wes B (hypersonixu2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Closed today, following a crash that damaged some of the structure. Will be evaluated for reopening.

Piney Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 5, 2018, by Brian Manville

George -

I think what you're looking for is here:

http://bridgehunter.com/pa/clarion/bh73987/

Posted March 2, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Okay.Thanks,Luke.I wasn't sure if that was a Septa stop or not.

Posted March 2, 2018, by Luke

The bridge is just west of SEPTA's Radnor station.

Posted March 2, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree,Dana and Kay.That's why I think Septa picks up passengers there along with Amtrak.

Posted March 1, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Interesting that a Railroad Facilitates pedestrians, rarely encounter that.

Posted March 1, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I do agree,Ed.Looks like they added I-Beams Ed.

Posted March 1, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, it appears that pedestrian walkways were added to the sides of the rail bridge and I-beams were put at the sides to protect the walkways and pedestrians on them. The abutments were widened to support the walks and guard beams.

Posted March 1, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Looks like they added I-beams to either side to protect the walkways at the sides of the original bridge.

Posted March 1, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think along with possibly Amtrak Septa uses this line too.

Posted February 28, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George looks like an Amtrak Line, if not sure one of our RR enthusiasts will correct.

Posted February 28, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yep.That's the bridge.Looks just like the one I saw on the news in Radnor,Pa.Thanks Dana and Kay.

Posted February 28, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George MIGHT be this one!

Posted February 28, 2018, by Don Alleman (dfirecop [at] aol [dot] com)

Pictures from 11-15-2016. House built against bridge piers. Taken with permission of property owner.

Posted February 28, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in today's Reading Eagle that this bridge which is structurally deficient will be demolished and replaced with a 24-foot-wide,253-foot-long span.The $3.7 million project includes drainage,curb and sidewalk repair and ADA ramps.Work is expected to begin in late April with completion in August 2019.Detours will be posted and in effect during construction.

Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 26, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle today that completion of this bridge has been pushed back from 12/2017 to 5/2018.No reason was given for this extension but Leesport borough council is not happy about this due to this latest development.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I never heard it called anything except the South River Bridge. When first built it connected only to Second Street in Harrisburg. I'm glad to know that John Harris got something named after him.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Anonymous

It's an illusion a film made by John Harris

Centre Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 18, 2018, by Amanda

The first image is not the Centre Bridge - rather it is the Upper Black Eddy Bridge. This image should be removed and moved to the correct page

Pond Eddy Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 18, 2018, by Amanda

Unfortunately it appears that all of the calls to save the Pond Eddy Bridge were missed by PennDOT, as was to be expected by this agency.

As of February 2018, the new modern truss bridge is about 3/4 completed, but the original structure has been closed to all traffic and the approaches are partially demolished. It appears that the center pier was damaged by either an ice dam and/or flooding in the Delaware River, and therefore it is possible that the structure is no longer safe to support traffic. A bailey truss structure is currently sitting on the bank next to the bridge so it appears that this may be erected as a temporary crossing for the 25-30 residents who depend on the bridge.

Posted February 12, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed today in the Reading Eagle construction will begin on this bridge starting on June 22nd and ending on Sept 11th closing the bridge and the intersection of Cornerstone Drive and Shaeffer Road.

Posted February 11, 2018, by Anonymous

The railroad categories are for both the roads on and below the bridge.

Posted February 11, 2018, by Jason Moyer (prrk4s3750 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was definitely never used by the Reading, it was on the PRR's Schuylkill Division as a crossing of the Reading's Philadelphia-Pottsville mainline.