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NS - Milton Bridge

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Railroad bridge crossing the West Branch Susquehanna River at Milton State Park

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Description 

This bridge is actually 2 bridges, one finished in 1915 and the other in 1916, with a small section of land between them. Both bridges have 7 spans and are approximately 680 feet long, but a total length of 1,500 feet from the east shore to the west shore of the West Branch Susquehanna River. Bridge is sloped, decreasing in elevation from the east end to the west end. The western bridge is skewed due to the direction of water flow around the island that the bridge crosses. Bridge abutments on island are built atop the previous bridge, with the stone from said previous bridge still visible and well-preserved.

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Overview
Bridge over Susquehanna River on Union County Industrial Railroad
Location
Milton, Union County, Pennsylvania, and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1915/1916
Builders
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Robert Grace Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- North Shore Railroad (NSHR)
- Philadelphia & Reading Railway (1896-1923) (P&R)
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 97.0 ft.
Total length: 1,500.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
Reading - Milton Bridge (3rd)
Philadelphia & Reading - Milton Bridge (3rd)
Milton Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.01342, -76.86391   (decimal degrees)
41°00'48" N, 76°51'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/343270/4541920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milton
Inventory number
BH 52740 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2020: Updated by Ben Williams: Updated/added info
  • November 18, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added build date & builder
  • December 6, 2014: New Street View added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • October 16, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Several corrections in spelling, ownership, design, etc.
  • June 25, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"

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