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Valley Crossroad Bridge

Photo 

Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2008

BH Photo #404954

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Potato Creek on TR 385 (Farmers Valley Road)
Location
McKean County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed
History
Built 1888
Builder
- Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Potato Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86068, -78.43973   (decimal degrees)
41°51'38" N, 78°26'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/712505/4637477 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Smethport
Inventory numbers
PA 42 7209 0385 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 25583 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31279 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2008)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
450

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Builder.

Sources 

Comments 

Potato Creek Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Total agreement here Nathan...even before I have read your report.

This bridge obviously represents VIW's transition period from the purchase of the Buckeye Bridge Works. The portal style and plaque are representative of BBW's style.

The Maple Rapids Bridge in Michigan is also listed as being an 1888 structure. I would say it is that or even a little older and the style is likely a VIW original. Variety built so many different things, but I don't think that bridges were much more than an afterthought...until they acquired BBW.

Good to see another VIW span in existence!

Potato Creek Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Although the Historic Bridge Inventory failed to associate a builder, I have identified this bridge as a rare Variety Iron Works Bridge. See my page for detailed justification: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Potato Creek Bridge
Posted February 15, 2010, by Kim Fortner (paracerkim [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Limited to 3 ton but still standing proud. One of the last in this area.