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McNally Bridge


Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2002

BH Photo #410087


Deck girder bridge over Stonycreek River on US 219
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1970; rehabilitated 2012
Deck girder
Length of largest span: 208.0 ft.
Total length: 1,388.2 ft.
Deck width: 39.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.25008, -78.89133   (decimal degrees)
40°15'00" N, 78°53'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/679343/4457647 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 31430 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 79283 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67.8 (out of 100)
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McNally Bridge
Posted August 5, 2022, by Rodney (mandfunk [at] outlook [dot] com)

I lived in Mine 37, six years after the bridge was built. Back then, the bridge catwalk underneath was unlocked. There weren't even any No Trespassing signs. We kids crossed the river under the bridge many times without issue. No suicides either. I think people were stronger then...there were no trophies for showing up. No CRT. Every pickup truck in the school parking lot had a rifle in the back window during hunting season. The school even had a day off for the first day of deer season.

Later, someone proposed a ridiculous plan to build a fence on the bridge to stop suicides. It was a stupid idea that wouldn't have stopped anything. People could have cut through the fence, or climbed over it. Or, people would have found other ways. It was just a dumb idea proposed by someone who had little self-worth and was trying to do something to make them feel better about themselves. The millions spent on a fence could have been better spent on suicide prevention programs. But, no one thinks of these things when they want to spend other people's money.

Anyhow, I launched a few model airplanes from that bridge.

My brother and I even rappelled 150' down one of piers, something no one should do of course. Someone had written all the verses to the song "Major Tom" on the girders under the bridge. I actually read the words before I ever heard the song surprising, as the song came out in 1969.