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Rock Covered Bridge 38-54-02


Side View

Photo taken by Curtis Lee June 2004


BH Photo #125243



A single-span Burr arch truss 55' 7" over Little Swatara Creek. Located: On TR 542 (name and Township Route number not posted), just east of Rock, Pennsylvania, Washington Township. Directions: In Rock, Pennsylvania, at the “Village of Rock” sign, at the east end of the village, go east on Rock Road (SR 895) for 0.5 mile to a left (north) onto Newswanger Road 0.1 mile to the bridge. The original stone abutments of the bridge have been strengthened with concrete, and steel I-beam supports have been placed next to the abutments to add extra support to the structure. Inside, a steel guardrail protects the truss system from traffic. The bridge is currently being used for access to a local park and fishing area. Source: http://tc2u.com/home/Pennsylvania_Covered_Bridges_Main/Rock/...

NOTE: The road name must have changed as people referred to it as "Lover's Road," but it is clearly marked on the street and on many maps as Newswanger Road. I also saw a separate bridge entry from NBI that called the bridge type "Girder" and it was built in 1860. My only guess is that maybe this bridge was a girder style before a Covered Bridge, but ironically there are girders inside the bridge, and as noted in a few places it is stated these were added to protect the bridge.


Single-span Burr arch-truss bridge over Lower Little Swatara Creek on Newswanger Road
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1870
Burr arch-truss
Span length: 56.0 ft.
Total length: 56.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.54467, -76.29500   (decimal degrees)
40°32'41" N, 76°17'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/390341/4489018 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Swatara Hill
580 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78002468 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 37479 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,560)
Built 1870 (140)
Built during 1870s (1,107)
Burr arch-truss (352)
Covered (1,647)
NR-listed (2,960)
Open (39,880)
Owned by county (20,781)
Pennsylvania (5,317)
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (90)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,073)
Through truss (15,053)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,299)
Truss (32,773)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • March 7, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photo
  • November 28, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Road name changed, added description
  • September 28, 2008: Added by Curtis Lee


  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
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  • Janis Ford