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Mary Street Bridge


Mary Street Bridge

This bridge is for sale.

From Preservation Pennsylvania


BH Photo #290255


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Bridge on Township Route 439 over Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad)
Mountain Top, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built 1894
- Reading. Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN)
single span lattice thru girder bridge
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.17731, -75.88142   (decimal degrees)
41°10'38" N, 75°52'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/426070/4558814 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilkes-Barre West
Inventory number
BH 62224 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 2, 2014: Added by Julie Bowers



Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 12, 2016, by Anonymous

Fun lessons. We're coming thru to go to Oregon. Would love to make your bridge a stop. Exchange notes. Look at your next project.

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 10, 2016, by Mark Holmes (mholmes [at] ix [dot] netcom [dot] com)

I don't need this bridge right now, I was just asking nad trying to understand the process. I'm the one that just is finishing a bridge in Idaho (the ROBINSON BAR BRIDGE) that I posted on this forum. I purchased the bridge privately from the Forest Service.

Yeah, I'm very familiar with the time and cost. I wish I had found this forum when I began.

If you want an example of lots of ways NOT to do it, I'm your man :) I had to re-do what one steel company (and so called consultant) did, costing me 100K+.

Yeap, will definitely get Bach Steel involved with the next one, which will be in SW Montana. I own a piece of property that can only be accessed by a bridge. The river splits and forms a 400 acre island.

Once I know the size I need, I'll start hunting again.

Thanks for your info, much appreciated!

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 10, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It can go to a private individual. Even these small bridges carry a price tag that many private individuals don't want to get into. The same covenants apply and we would hope that it could be available, with permission, to view by others interested in historic bridges.

The cool thing about this one is it has the ability to have a deck attached where the sidewalk originally was attached. If you're interested give me a call, this one is in the process of bidding the removal, I believe but I'm unsure of the exact timeline for disassembly. There is repair work needed but Nels' idea was the best for preserving historic material.

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 9, 2016, by Mark Holmes (mholmes [at] ix [dot] netcom [dot] com)

Can it go to a private individual?

Does it mean that the new owner has to provide public access to it to view it and/or to access it?


Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 9, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Preservation Covenants" means that whomever gets this bridge must not destroy it for scrap. They know when we enter it that it will be restored using in kind restoration methodology, but they also know that if we find the new owner that our sales documents must reflect that the bridge is historic, and must be preserved at all reasonable costs.

It means that we go in making sure that it won't be scrapped.

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2016, by Mark Holmes (mholmes [at] ix [dot] netcom [dot] com)

What does "preservation covenants" apply mean?

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for saving this one Julie! I wish I had come across my love for bridges earlier in life, as I had spent many years in Mountain Top in my youth. Would've been exciting to see an extremely rare lattice girder like this.

I'll just have to look forward to being able to visit this one once its been restored and found a new home!

Mary Street Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We are the proud owners of this very rare truss and it is looking for a new home. It has such great bones and the capability of adding a sidewalk to the structure that was originally there. This one comes needing a lot of work, but is another win for the Pennsylvania "Bridges for Sale" program.

Once repaired by BACH Steel's Nels Raynor and the Gang by removing really bad material, packed rust blowing out rivets and a lot of section loss, I've never seen the patina that comes from old coal fired steam trains running below in this cut through Mountaintop.

As usual, we recommended that it stay where it sits, but now it's looking for a new home. Preservation covenants apply and there is some funding for PennDot beyond disassembly.