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Laurel Park Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Janis Ford

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BH Photo #216618

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on TR 309 (Bridgewater Drive)
Location
Laurel Park, Union County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement. Removal April 2017.
History
Built 1904 by the Owego Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1949
Builder
- Owego Bridge Co. of Owego, New York
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 164.1 ft.
Total length: 167.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridgewater Drive Bridge
Penns Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87081, -77.18348   (decimal degrees)
40°52'15" N, 77°11'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/316001/4526710 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beavertown
Inventory numbers
PA 59 7204 0309 0024 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 33592 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2009)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
125

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added expected removal date.
  • October 3, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.

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Comments 

Laurel Park Bridge
Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

One by one the landmarks of my youth in Union County are being removed. At least they have rebuilt the nearby covered bridge called the "Red Bridge" near Millmont.

Laurel Park Bridge
Posted June 18, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can't wait to go bridge spotting tomorrow with my daughter Laran. She was with me when we found our bridge off it's piers. Pennsylvania doesn't have a great rep.

Any other bridges we should go see on our route from Baltimore, north to near Harrisburg?

Robert???? Tony???? Nathan???? Jason???? James????? anybody with an opinion.

Been too long since I've gone poking around a new bridge for me. Too much fun. And no, we are not making a dime off this investigative trip.

Laurel Park Bridge
Posted June 16, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We've been asked to come and look at this bridge by a home owner nearby. The Township says it needs to be removed so that emergency vehicles, like a fire tanker can cross. There seem to be many alternative routes but the township, like so many others, have drank the coolaid and want it to be gone. It feeds rural area and not many people. Wonder how those tankers crossed before.

Nontheless, we will go shed some light and make some noise. What I do best, I guess, even when it goes nowhere someone has to stand up for these bridges. Nels will be at the end of the photographs making some assessments as well. We have experts and if the substructure is good, then why?

Tell me why? Have a great day folks. Going to go see the Orioles play the Red Sox. Should be a good old day at the ball field. Never been to Camden Yards before.