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Neff Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman 06/09/12


BH Photo #233052



Through truss bridge over Frankstown Branch Juniata River on PA 4005
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1889; rehabilitated 1974
- Pittsburgh Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 152.9 ft.
Total length: 154.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.53671, -78.07799   (decimal degrees)
40°32'12" N, 78°04'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/747475/4491432 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
PA 31 4005 0120 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 18879 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30996 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 19, 2014: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • June 9, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • April 15, 2012: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • April 14, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder
  • March 15, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Corrected GPS



Neff Bridge
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.

Neff Bridge
Posted June 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice job on this one too... I even kinda like the unusual color choice!

And unlike Runks Bridge... They didn't attach the stupid modern signage directly to the bridge!

Neff Bridge
Posted May 19, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

It looks like the main compression members have been reinforced.

Nice looking bridge! Nice Job! (only negative is the cheap looking stoneface of the abutments)

Neff Bridge
Posted May 19, 2014, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

I returned two years later to see this bridge. When I last saw it the bridge was restored but not in position. The bridge is functioning, looks great, and fits in the environment. Enjoy the photos! PennDOT did a great job.

Neff Bridge
Posted June 19, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have seen bridges jacked up and left in place so the abutment(s) could be replaced. I'm assuming this bridge was moved off of the river so that it could be dismantled and have other repairs done. This has happened with several rehabilitation projects in Indiana the past several years.

And yes...you are correct about completion dates. They are only an estimate and not set in stone.

Neff Bridge
Posted June 18, 2012, by CANALLER

In response to the messages below, a couple comments aren't really accurate. A bridge doesn't need to be hauled on to shore to have it's substructure replaced; we've had many recent and ongoing thorough rehabilitation projects, and the trusses always remain in place. Also, completion dates should never be taken seriously, unless an incentive/dis-incentive clause is included in the contract; there are countless reasons for them to be missed.

Neff Bridge
Posted June 9, 2012, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

I traveled to Neff Bridge today and found it not quite in place yet. I'm happy it has been rehabbed and can't wait to revisit when it is doing it's "job" ;-) Enjoy the photos.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Definitely a win for the state of Pennsylvania, and hopefully a step in the right direction for PennDOT.

Would have been nice to see rivets replace rivets, I hope they at least used bolts with rivet shaped heads.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Having reviewed the actual plans and contract for this bridge project, I can confirm that the superstructure was removed for rehabilitation, and placed back here upon a new substructure. I assume the project is completed, since the required completion date is listed as 10/11/2011.

Rivets being replaced were replaced with bolts in this project. The new concrete abutments will have stone-shaped formliners.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One more post from me on this and then I will be quiet...

I didn't read closely enough the first time, but upon closer inspection I see that the abutments and wingwalls were to be replaced. This would require that the bridge be moved.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is from PennDot District 9-0 dated March 2011:

"Travel Advisory


Work to Rehabilitate the Route 4005, Neff Bridge Begins


Travel Advisory

Alexandria Beginning today, prime contractor J.D.Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, PA will start work on the Route 4005 (Alexandria Pike) Neff Bridge that crosses the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River in Porter Township, near the village of Alexandria in Huntingdon County.

The rehabilitation project will consist of the replacement of the bridge deck, wing walls and abutments. The contractor will also replace railing, floor beams, the bracing system as well as vertical and diagonal trusses on the bridge and minor approach reconstruction.

A 3.5 mile detour will be in place beginning April 4 that will re-route motorists to Township Road 618 (River Road) to Route 22 to Route 305 (Bridge Street) back to Route 4004 (Alexandria Pike). The detour will be in place for the duration of the project.

This $2.6 million project is expected to be completed by mid-October, 2011."

It doesn't mention disassembly...but a $2.6 Mil contract might suggest that was indeed the case.

I don't know how far away you are Jodi, but I hope when you get there you find a restored beauty. And if this is the case, could PennDOT be onto something here? I'm holding my breath!

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'll have to e-mail Todd at Bridgemapper and ask him if he knows anything about it. He does state that it was set to be rehabbed in 2011, I wonder if there is a chance that it was taken off the river for repairs and was gone when the Bing image was taken. I am curious about the large paved or graveled area on the one side...could that be where the bridge was disassembled. I hope this is the case but with the Keystone State the odds are never really that good!

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

Tony, I added a photo of where Neff Bridge (was) from Bing Maps and it looks like it's gone. *sniffle*

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Didn't say how soon the rehab would begin...you might be able to get to it first. Pics of it being worked on aren't bad either Jodi!

This and Runks Bridge were built in the same year by the same builder...might have even been on the same contract.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

Cr@p! I was planning to photograph this bridge in early summer.

Neff Bridge
Posted April 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to Bridgemapper this span is to be rehabbed!