2 votes

NS - Buchanan Trail Overpass


Facing east, about to cross Carl Ave

Photo taken by Jodi Christman


BH Photo #176996


Girder bridge over PA 16;SR 0016 (W. Baltimore St.) carrying NS/CSXT
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
In 1908 the railroad was moved to its present location, the "high line" west of Jefferson Street. It previously ran down Carlisle St.
- Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Also called
PRR Bridge
NS/CSXT Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79091, -77.73003   (decimal degrees)
39°47'27" N, 77°43'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/266239/4408116 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 28 0016 0360 0365 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 46128 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories
  • April 20, 2012: Photo imported by Jodi Christman
  • March 23, 2011: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • October 24, 2010: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • October 10, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected railroad name &added more info.
  • September 11, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman



Cumberland Valley RR Rt. 16 Bridge
Posted March 23, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Others may disagree with me, but I personally think that attempts to dress up ugly modern bridges usually doesn't work out well (bridge still looks ugly) and any attempt to honor or replicate the historic bridge is not complete or accurate enough to do anything more than insult the beauty and heritage of the historic bridge. In Pennsylvania for example, concrete form liners are used to make a stone-like texture on concrete: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse... Rare exceptions where decorating a modern bridge works would be when original historic bridge plans are used as strict guidelines to develop architectural details and additions to a new bridge, which usually only works with concrete bridges. Another rare exception is when original material from a historic bridge is salvaged and incorporated into a replacement bridge, which is often feasible with metal truss bridges. Good example: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Cumberland Valley RR Rt. 16 Bridge
Posted March 23, 2011, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

I revisited this bridge because I started thinking how much I enjoyed the artwork. The murals are cheerful, but what interested me most was how the functional concrete columns were decorated as Greek fluted columns and the Jersey barrier is embellished like a hillside.

The beautiful spectacle is welcomed in today's drab, utilitarian world. Furthermore, the murals, depicting the innovative CVRR, help connect today's folks with the richness of America's history.

Could this be the next movement--painting UCEBs to be less ugly? Could function meet form? Could today recognize yesterday? Ugly concrete bridges could be adorned to recognize what structures once stood there before and offer aesthetic value. Let's move away from constructivism. If we can't afford the beauty of yesterday's bridges, then let's at least decorate them. Creators and spectators can both appreciate this effort. Texture, color, sculpture, tile—all elements of aesthetic bridge design could be incorporated into the bridges that PENNDOT loves to build (sigh) through painting.

•Grand metal trusses could be painted over bland steel columns.

•Stone patterns could be painted on concrete piers.

•Wood textures could be painted on Jersey barriers in salute to the quaint wood bridges.

What are your thoughts?