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Mill Creek Bridge

Photos 

View Of Mill Creek Bridge, From West.

Photo taken Summer 1999 by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record. Research by Justin M. Spivey.

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #165807

Map 

Description 

Despite the rush to construct it, the Mill Creek Bridge outlasted the streetcars which once ran over it. This critical link along the east bank of the Susquehanna still carries modern traffic loads without a posted weight limit. Designed by city engineer William V. Ingham, the bridge exemplifies his family's engineering contributions in Wilkes-Barre. The structure is distinguished by its high arch, which was constructed quickly and economically by supporting the centering on projecting corbels instead of the creek bed. Although local contractor Robert C. Mitchell constructed the bridge's masonry, the blacksmith responsible for the unusual wrought- iron fence atop its parapets remains unknown.

- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Mill Creek on PA 2004 (River Street) in Wilkes-Barre
Location
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1885
Builders
- Robert C. Mitchell (Contractor)
- William V. Ingham (City engineer)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 39.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.26028, -75.86744   (decimal degrees)
41°15'37" N, 75°52'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/427334/4568013 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittston
Inventory numbers
PA 40 2004 0070 1976 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 24062 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31222 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2009)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
20,419

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added HAER description

Sources 

  • HAER PA-501 - Mill Creek Bridge, Spanning Mill Creek at River Street (State Route 2004), Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com