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Pollocks Mill Bridge

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Photo taken by James Baughn in July 2009

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Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Ten Mile Creek on TR 597
Location
Greene County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1878 by the Massillon Bridge Co.; damaged by overweight truck September 28, 2014; repaired and reopened on Feb. 8, 2016
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 162.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94605, -80.03976   (decimal degrees)
39°56'46" N, 80°02'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/582300/4421727 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
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Average daily traffic (as of 1993)
15
Inventory numbers
PA 30 7213 0597 2022 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 18518 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 30, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge closed after damage, may be repaired or replaced
  • August 10, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn

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Comments 

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 26, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Your guess is as good as mine. The whole project was put to bid and administered by the county in an old fashioned way (nothing was posted online). It wasn't put on the PennDOT ECMS website, so its also quite possible that prequalification of any kind was not required.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 26, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sorry Nathan,

It came up as recent and I missed the date. How on earth is a home builder allowed to work on a bridge?!?

Regards,

Art S.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 26, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art, that date for the article is June. Its already been let to a Home Builder contractor who has upped the price by 100,000. http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150902/NEWS02/150...

http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/us/pa/south-park/carme...

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 26, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge repair going out for bid shortly:

http://www.observer-reporter.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/...

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted March 23, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Good news! The company that owned the truck that damaged the bridge is paying $245K for causing the damage!:

http://powersource.post-gazette.com/local/south/2015/03/23/W...

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

Please read earlier updates/links.

Regards,

Art S.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know if this bridge will be repaired or replaced?any information on possibly saving this bridge would be greatly appreciated.thanks.of course the downside is replacing it.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by Robert Elder

Great news indeed.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Based on the quotes; nice job Nathan!

Regards,

Art S.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I heard they made the driver get back in it to pull it out. One good low tech idea came up after this event. A bigger sign stating where and how close the appropriate bridge to cross is. In this case 2 miles away. Also talking weight pads for significant crossings, all because of drivers taking chances, just part of meetings with people that do care about bridges and understand the complexities and are find complex ways to save what they can.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow. Posted 4 ton limit. A truck weighing about 35 tons drives onto the bridge, gets part way across, and the deck gives way.

What I find quite remarkable is the truck didn't go all the way through, and the bridge is still standing! That's with a load almost 9 times greater than the posted limit!!!

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting description of the truck's removal:

http://www.towindustryweek.com/road-track

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted October 2, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another case where a truck driver was relying on a GPS. Too many historic bridges have been damaged by trucks recently and the biggest contributor seems to be a driver following a GPS. As a CDL holder myself, I know one thing and for all to never fully trust a GPS. These things are not programmed to follow roads for trucks, and can follow roads where either trucks cannot go or don't even exist. Anyone who operates a commercial vehicle should have enough common sense to never fully trust a GPS. As for this rare 1878 Whipple truss, it looks like it can be repaired easily. I know PennDot's record too well and it would be mindless to replace this bridge.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 30, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

More in-depth article.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140929/NEWS02/140...

note that at least one tension member failed.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

That, and lead paint, was enough for Carlton in Mercer Co., PA: corroded floor beams under new (1995) stringers and deck - no failure. If money is available and there isn't a loud enough local outcry, she's done!

I hope I'm wrong, but if it's a fracking truck shortcut, it may be an uphill battle.

Regards,

Art S.

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 29, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's the friggin' flooring system that was damaged people!!!

An easy repair that certainly doesn't warrant replacement!

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Uh oh, the 'replace' word has been breached:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/overweight-truck-crushes...

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 28, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Doesn't look like the trusses are damaged which is good...

But this is Pennsylvania we're talking about, so...

Pollocks Mill Bridge
Posted September 28, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Truck attack!:

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140928/NEWS02/140...

Hopefully they will fix it.