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Coverts Crossing Bridge

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Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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Map 

Description 

This bridge has portal markings that identify it as a Morse Bridge Company span.

Facts 

Overview
Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over Mahoning River on Covert Road
Location
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1887; replaced 2003
Builder
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 300.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.99667, -80.41500   (decimal degrees)
40°59'48" N, 80°24'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/549201/4538551 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bessemer
Inventory numbers
PA 37 7214 0372 7012 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 22564 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 41644 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/1991)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 0.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
200

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • October 10, 2011: Photos imported by James Baughn

Sources 

  • HAER PA-474 - Coverts Crossing Bridge, Spanning Mahoning River along Township Route 372 (Covert Road), New Castle vicinity, Lawrence County, PA
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bridgemapper.com - by Todd Wilson and Lauren Winkler

Comments 

Coverts Crossing Bridge
Posted November 10, 2011, by Garth (StolenBridge [at] FBI [dot] gov)

We are currently investigating this posting on behalf of the F8I and Pennsylvania Bureau of Molestations, hence my email.

Coverts Crossing Bridge
Posted October 28, 2011, by Garth (gvansaun [at] yahoo [dot] com)

To scrap supplier...

LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT CAUGHT DUMMY

31 Tons of #1 Steel.
Posted October 19, 2011, by $crap Metal $upplier (aa [at] vv [dot] edi)

What bridge? We hooked that bridge over the summer, I mean the dummy neighbor believed it washed away in the flash flood.

Good luckie catchin' ussie.

Coverts Crossing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well considering that PennDOT labels EVERY historic bridge deficient... it still doesn't justify demolishing all of them.

Especially unique ones like this.

Coverts Crossing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2011, by Alex (alexgishnock [at] yahoo [dot] com)

...maybe because it was rated "Structurally Deficient" by PADOT?

Coverts Crossing Bridge
Posted October 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is one of those spans that just leave you banging your head and saying "Why,why,why did they destroy this magnificent structure!"