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Runks Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 4/30/11


BH Photo #198636



SOURCE: Lawrence McMillen "It was constructed in 1889 by the Pittsburgh Bridge Company and is 267.5 feet long with a 13 foot wide yellow pine deck."


Pratt through truss bridge over Aughwick Creek on TR 373 (Runks Road)
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1889; rehabilitated 1983 and 2012
- Pittsburgh Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(2)9-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses
Total length: 270.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 1990
Also called
Huntingdon County Bridge #9
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.27800, -77.88699   (decimal degrees)
40°16'41" N, 77°53'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/254552/4462613 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Butler Knob
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
PA 31 7220 0373 3009 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 90000408 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 18931 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30998 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 3, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 4, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 8, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Tweaked GPS
  • May 3, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and Nat. Reg. info.
  • May 2, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Updated status



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

I guess the important thing here is that we actually have a county in Pennsylvania that appears to WANT to retain an historic bridge, which is rare!

I would suspect it was the result of a relocation or replacement of a vertical. Fortunately, If so it doesn't seem to have had a critical impact on the structure as a whole.

Looks a little Wonky though!

Runks Bridge
Posted June 21, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a very unusual and interesting observation, and may be related to its rumored relocation here.

Not sure what is implied in the comment below about "other's bridging sites" so I wish to note that I merely visited this bridge to conduct a photo-documentation and make basic observations... I noted a problem and gave a basic description of the problem on HistoricBridges.org, but a detailed engineering analysis was beyond the scope of my visit, which was conducted very late in the day with dwindling daylight.

For full analysis which would include an engineering evaluation, identification of the cause of the problem... AND a full rehabilitation that would have corrected this problem (which was NOT done in this rehab), a company like Bach Steel is needed. Sadly, Bach Steel was not a part of this project and so this critical problem was not fixed. Bach Steel would not have allowed this bridge to be rehabbed and reopened without fixing this problem first.