3 votes

Quaker Bridge


Quaker Thru Truss

New bypass bridge on left

Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2010


BH Photo #165434



Bridge was saved from demolition almost single-handedly by Nathan Clark, Jr. Note the finials on the top at the four corners.


Bypassed Through truss bridge over Little Shenango River on PA 4006 (Williamson Road)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Bypassed and open only to pedestrians. Very good condition!
Built 1898, bypassed approx 2006. Left in original location.
- Cleveland Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- James R. Gemmill of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Span length: 126.0 ft.
Total length: 126.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42589, -80.37380   (decimal degrees)
41°25'33" N, 80°22'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/552324/4586226 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenville East
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
PA 43 4006 0060 1994 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 43492 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
NRHP 88000863 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 31292 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2016: New photos from Brian Manville
  • March 5, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photo
  • November 14, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • May 16, 2010: New photos from Brian McKee



Quaker Bridge
Posted March 17, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There has been some signs of possible change with PennDOT... baby steps... but baby steps in the right direction... at least that's the story we have been hearing. After destroying a bridge they were supposed to preserve we had a meeting where they have committed to preserve a different historic truss. They also have said they will look at doing an actual alternatives analysis during Section 106 instead of the annoyingly short-sighted "Rehabilitation Feasibility Analysis" they have done in the past. We will wait to make sure the talk turns into action of course. Sadly, change will come to late to save most the greatest historic bridges of Pennsylvania that defined the state as unique... but that doesn't mean that the lesser bridges that remain are not worth fighting for.

Quaker Bridge
Posted March 17, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I like the way you think Joe...

Unfortunately, PennDOT doesn't understand logical thinking.

Quaker Bridge
Posted March 17, 2014, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There should be an addendum placed right now in PA that no more historical bridges be demolished unless there is no possible way to bypass them or that the bridge is in danger of collapse which 99% of these structures I really do not believe that is the case.

Quaker Bridge
Posted August 6, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Curved floor-beams are very special

Quaker Bridge
Posted September 13, 2007, by Judy Nolin (jnolin2 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

This bridge was designed and built by my great-grandfather, James R. Gemmill of Sharpsville, PA.

I had the pleasure of seeing it and walking on it last month.