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Valley Crossroad Bridge


Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2008

BH Photo #404954



Through truss bridge over Potato Creek on TR 385 (Farmers Valley Road)
McKean County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1888
- Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio
Pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
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 report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2018: New photos from Janis Ford
  • May 2, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Builder.



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.