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Tunnelton Bridge

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Tunnelton Bridge

Photo taken by Brian McKee in January 2009

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Conemaugh River on Pump Station Road (PA 3003)
Location
Indiana County, Pennsylvania, and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Lost--Demolished and replaced with a slab of concrete.
History
Built 1938; Replaced 2010
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 396.0 ft.
Total length: 401.9 ft.
Deck width: 21.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.45417, -79.39083   (decimal degrees)
40°27'15" N, 79°23'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/636446/4479410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saltsburg
Elevation
855 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
602
Inventory numbers
PA 32 3003 0010 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 46200 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31031 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 98.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: Brideg sits in two counties. Added Westmoreland
  • January 24, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • July 29, 2009: Updated by Greg Hall: Added current road name and elevation
  • February 15, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee

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Comments 

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 13, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art,

Sadly its mostly too late, Pennsylvania's remaining on-system bridge collection no longer displays the unique collection it once had (excluding big cities like Pittsburgh where preservation attitude is somewhat different.) Those of us trying to save bridges in Pennsylvania now are mostly just trying to save Pratts and Warrens so to speak. That said, we still have seen an improvement in Pennsylvania and continue to work to maintain this improvement.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 13, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

Very true. I recently re-read the listing for the cast iron pony truss bridge that you tried to save; it was actually painful, knowing the outcome.

Generally, its interesting to see how the internal rules cause PA to defeat itself. Hopefully the tide will turn.

Regards,

Art S.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 13, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yeah trust me this demolition is a drop in the bucket compared to what they needlessly destroyed elsewhere in the past 10 years...

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was wondering that myself Art🤔

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Stop shaking it. More than three shakes and your playing with it :^)

I still don't understand why Joel chose to beat on PENNDOT and accused them of being run by young whippersnappers based on a replacement that occurred 10 years ago.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Luke

I don't think we're discussing, moreso ripping (Fart pun intended) on Joel for trying to blame young people for something they guaranteed had no part in.

A 25 year old would be a relatively recent college grad, and unless PennDOT had severe case of nepotism, would likely not be in an administrative position. And if it was an actual attempted dig at my generation, the eldest millennials (1981) would've been just graduating college, and the youngest (1996) just beginning high school. Ergo none of them would be in an administrative position anywhere to put a bridge on the chopping block.

Any way you shake it, it doesn't add up logically,

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nah, as baby boomers become old farts, the increase in the methane they release will help to accelerate global warming :^)

Thank god for global warming otherwise it would still be a cold country :^)

The warmer it gets, the less salt used... Iron bridge enthusiasts for global warming!!! ;^)

BTW, why are we discussing something that happened 10 years ago?

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Remember, we boomers won the Cold War so you younguns could live in a warm country!

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Ageism is for Dullards

Keep your ageism to yourself, or I'll break out the Boomer memes.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 10, 2020, by Joel Wyman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

PennDOT- the haters of historical truss bridges strikes again! Are they being run by 25 year olds? There dumb policy of destroying the old bridge at extra cost to the taxpayers instead of just leaving it in place for pedestrians seems more out of spite than anything else!

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted October 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is how PennDOT treats our transportation heritage:

http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/62962/photos/PHO...

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted October 21, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a beautiful bridge! I love these huge, single-span beasts, too. I'll be sad when LADOTD destroys our local K-Truss beauty, the O.K. Allen, here in Rapides Parish.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted October 21, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

PennDOT strikes again............very depressing!

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, slabification of this crossing will occur. They COULD leave the bridge standing next to its replacement which will be on new alignment, but this is Pennsylvania, not Texas, Indiana, Michigan, etc.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

If this bridge is in the keystone state, an ugly concrete eyesore is on the way. What a waste.

Tunnelton Bridge
Posted August 1, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW! What a neat Pennsylvania truss design! Is the 1938 year of construction correct? Not many of these single spans 400' plus in length remaining. Sounds like the bridge is in need of some repair. This is a bridge that deserves to be left standing.