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Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge

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Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge

File photo from Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader shows pier damage on two piers

Timesleader.com file photo

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BH Photo #379714

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Description 

http://timesleader.com/news/636815/plans-to-tear-down-deteri...

The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will take back ownership of the dilapidated Coxton Yard railroad bridge spanning the Susquehanna River in Exeter Township, an authority majority decided Tuesday afternoon.

Authority ownership will allow demolition of the bridge, ending years of fears the structure along Route 92 could collapse and create a flood threat, officials said.

Joseph J. Buczynski, an environmental program manager at the state Department of Environmental Protection, encouraged authority members to take action Tuesday, saying $1 million in state funding earmarked for the bridge demolition would be reprogrammed if a government entity did not agree to take ownership of the structure by March 31.

Earlier: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1493189/Luze...

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over North Branch Susquehanna River on Abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad
Location
Duryea, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned for decades; demolition begun Oct. 2017
Future prospects
Purchased by private owner for scrap for $500 from county redevelopment authority in 2007; two piers partially collapsed in 2011 flooding; county is now pursuing emergency demolition using a proposed $615,000 Federal emergency management grant. County approved demolition plan Feb. 2017 that includes assuming possession of bridge; demolition started October 2017
History
Built in 1926, abandoned ca. 1980; demolition begun Oct. 2017
Railroad
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.35017, -75.80109   (decimal degrees)
41°21'01" N, 75°48'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/432984/4577939 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 62591 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Demolition begun
  • February 21, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Demolition plan approved
  • August 20, 2014: Updated by Luke: Built 1926
  • August 20, 2014: New Street View added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Luke
  • Duryea PA - Image of bridge being rebuilt

Comments 

Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge
Posted February 22, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

From what i read i have a bad feeling about the end of this bridge as we know it Robert.Keep up the good work with any news you get on this bridge Robert.

Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge
Posted February 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Stone pylons are so much more interesting than concrete ones, but sadly they have been the ruin of many a bridge. Sometimes they stand in a partially collapsed state for years and sometimes they collapse with little warning. At this stage, there are three possibilities: collapse, demolition, or immediate stabilization. The first two options are never fun. As I am fond of saying, nobody wins when a bridge collapses.

Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge
Posted September 16, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If it was smashed up in 2011, its stuck around for a long time. It was still standing as of late August 2014. I would encourage someone with time, resources, land and a bit of money to see if they can get those spans out of there. Judging by the situation, I'm sure the current owner would love to see someone else deal with the burden of getting it out of the current state, as he has not complied with the county since the damage occurred in 2011.

Lehigh Valley - Coxton Bridge
Posted September 16, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r. bridge?