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Carlton Bridge


French Creek Thru Truss

Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2010


BH Photo #165450



Through truss bridge over French Creek on SR 1015 (New Lebanon Road)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Currently being moved to Michigan for refurbishment and then on to its new home in New Jersey
Built 1888 by Columbia Bridge Works; rehabilitated 1990
- Columbia Bridge Co. of Dayton, Ohio
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Two span Pratt through truss
Total length: 275.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.47141, -80.01843   (decimal degrees)
41°28'17" N, 80°01'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/581961/4591555 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Lebanon
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
PA 43 1015 0060 1472 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 25933 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
NRHP 88000862 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 31282 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2012)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 24, 2015: Updated by Art Suckewer: fixed typos
  • September 10, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • August 31, 2014: Updated by Art Suckewer: Fixed build year
  • May 11, 2014: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is no longer in place; it will be refurbished and relocated to New Jersey
  • March 5, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • November 14, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • May 16, 2010: New photos from Brian McKee


  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Todd Wilson
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net


Carlton Bridge
Posted December 13, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Carlton Bridge
Posted September 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thought this PENNDOT article may be of interest. It is my understanding that Nels Raynor advised both the contractor and PENNDOT how to remove the trusses. Fortunately, the engineer remembered when the contractor forgot...


Carlton Bridge
Posted September 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Carlton Bridge
Posted September 10, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for the photosPatrick! Did you introduce yourself to Nels Raynor?


Art S.

Carlton Bridge
Posted November 19, 2013, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Carlton Bridge
Posted December 24, 2010, by Jacob Woods (jwoods484 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The is a uinque and ornate bridge, I don't know off any others off this style. If the could restore it in 1990 I think they could restore it again. America's future generations need to have beautiful bridges preserved so the can see what the 18 and 1900s were like!!