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Posted July 10, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This news article has video showing the new bridge. YUCK!!!! It is the ugliest truss bridge I have ever seen. Massive solid steel beams will block views of the river and be a scar on the landscape forever... or at least for the 25 years that this modern bridge probably will last. The historic bridge was so beautifully delicate that it blended in with the natural environment indeed almost disappearing in photos taken from some angles. It is a sad loss of a very important historic bridge, and a sad destruction of what was once one of the most beautiful river settings I had ever seen. https://wnep.com/2018/07/09/progress-on-pond-eddy-bridge/

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

Nathan,

They recently implemented this but still have two lanes and you still pass cars on the bridge. The problem is there is a poor staging area on the NJ side.

What surprised me was that Carlton is considerably wider yet is still a single lane.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted July 9, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art,

With modern traffic ITS systems I suspect the bridge could operate with similar efficiency with stoplight controlled one-lane configuration (given how slow people drive on the bridge in 2 lane config), the only issue might be backups at the light causing a problem. The 1,000+ foot Connel Bridge in Scotland has surprisingly short wait times at the light and nobody seemed too irritated by it. However, the Washington Crossing Bridge may be more busy.

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=un...

Posted July 8, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this video - Not sure this should be bi directional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSEvVA3gUQw

Posted July 7, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Karen,do you want to go to the bridge?

Posted July 7, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Should make a separate page for the other bridge in photo 4 (BH 158229).

Royce

Posted July 6, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Karen, scroll down on the page to the section "map links" I think the default is to use Google maps, but there are other choices. Note the location, or save the location, or possibly even use the latitude/longitude values to have a GPS navigation guide you while you drive.

Posted July 6, 2018, by Karen Pflug-felder (knpflugfelder57 [at] gmail [dot] com)

How do I find this bridge to take a picture of it?

Posted July 3, 2018, by Richard Burton (rburton6543 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos of the original bridge that burned in 1924 can be seen here.

www.flickr.com/photos/rich701/albums/72157650028289319

Any of these photos can be used with just attribution.

Posted July 1, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 1, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Hope its still in storage

Posted July 1, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Having waited two years for a report that this bridge was finally re-located to the Waterworks Park in Bethlehem, I decided it was time for a look-see. What a disappointment to see they welched the deal and put in a modern truss replacement. Too bad!

Posted June 27, 2018, by Angie Mellott (crazybaughmanwoman [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still but blocked off to all traffic

Posted June 27, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo #2, BH404942, is not of this bridge

Walker Hill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 27, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Any one know the status of this one?

Posted June 26, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Plate girders have been replaced, bents remain original. Abutment dated 1909

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

Also,Dana and Kay I'll see if I can get a look at this bridge being that there's alot of brush around it.Might be a good time to check it out in the winter when the brush is down.

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

Dana and Kay,I mentioned the bridge you're talking about on Bridgehunters last year around this time of the year.I think it was determined to be a mail order bridge being that it wasn't too old.Also the trail it's on is the Thun trail.

Posted June 23, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George Just East of Here is a trail bridge. Any idea if its old and reused or maybe a Mail order bridge? Cant tell from Sat Views

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

Just read in today's Reading Eagle about this bridge.This bridge will be removed this summer and the demolition permit prohibits any work from Oct.1 to Dec.31 because of trout activity in Wyomissing Creek at that time.Sealed bids are being taken at this time for removal of this structurally deficient bridge which was built in 1961.According to the article most of the deficiencies are underneath the bridge deck itself.Now here's the kicker.The borough of West Reading wants to replace this bridge with a pedestrian walkway.Can't wait to see this!By the way,I was wrong about the N/S overpass running parallel to Wyomissing Creek.It actually crosses over Wyomissing Creek and over Old Wyomissing Road.

Posted June 22, 2018, by Frum Scól (stine8050 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up on this bridge; became a Man & played like a Boy. It was perfectly falling into beautiful Ruins - vintage Craftsmanship beside 80's graffiti; stone & wood as solid as the day it was laid seamlessly blending with the pockets of Beautiful Decay.

This Bridge WAS perfect. This Bridge WAS Wabi-Sabi; a Masterpiece of Transience and a Monument to Perfectly Imperfect Beauty.

Now, the Spirit is gone. There is nothing left save Sterility, Lifelessness, and a sad, un-recreation which invokes all the Realism & Soul of a Disney ride.

Good bye, Old Friend. Thanks for everything.

Posted June 20, 2018, by Anonymous

Looks like a beam bridge with a railing

Posted June 19, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Trust your opinion Clark, thanks for taking a look.

Posted June 19, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

If you are referring to the bridge to the SW, zoomed street view and from above makes me think strictly modern footbridge.

Posted June 19, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

I see it George. Eyes are no longer acute enough to tell if its an old repurposed bridge or a not notable footbridge. Maybe another bridgehunter can discern what it may be. Good eye to spot it George.

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

That's the bridge,Dana and Kay.I noticed also a bridge over the Antietam Creek behind the house.Might be a foot bridge.Don't know.

Posted June 19, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George this MAY be Bridge Mentioned in Reading Eagle. Not in NBI but sounds like description. What do you think?

Salt Run Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 16, 2018, by Dana

Thanks for making the journey Brian, these Tee Beams are RAPIDLEY disappearing. NBI says 1929 plaque 1926. Curious as to why.

Posted June 11, 2018, by Luke

CNJ

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 11, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

For now I simply renamed this bridge's builder from "West Penn Bridge Co" to "Penn Bridge Co." In reality I suspect there is some cleanup that needs to be done, as any bridge built before 1887 was technically part of a company formally organized as "Timothy B. White & Sons Company", often listed as "T. B. White and Sons of New Brighton, Pennsylvania", and often branded in literature and builder plaques as "Penn Bridge Works" with the company becoming "Penn Bridge Company in 1887. Yet just like King Iron Bridge Company and King Bridge Company, these are all the same people/company.

Posted June 11, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted June 8, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Whoops, wrong bridge, non historic, not significant. COOL shot of deer in street view. Will delete...

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 6, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Center post encased in concrete. Overall good shape except for the damn roadway...grated decking goes, stringers go .....

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 6, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Julie thanks! glad to see this may find a care taker.

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 6, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We got the call. Headed there today and a meeting tomorrow. So sure you can google Bach but getting these bridges thru bureaucracy has to happen before Nels and the Gang can work on them.

Posted June 4, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

NBI doesn't go back that far, need someone with PENNDOT research capabilities. Anyone?

Posted June 4, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are correct,Dana and Kay.According to my fiancee who was born and raised here near where the bridge is located told me that this bridge replaced the previous bridge.She didn't remember if the previous bridge was a truss or concrete bridge.Is there any way to find out about the previous bridge?

Posted June 4, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George looks like Bridge in Reading Eagle. Wonder if predecessor was Hurricane Agnes Casualty in '72.

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.