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Brokenstraw Creek Bridge


Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2008

BH Photo #405034


According to PAHBI, "The 1889, pin connected, single span, 103'-long, Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on dry laid ashlar abutments. The floor beams are connected to the lower panel points by Z-shaped hangers, a detail associated with the Pittsburgh Bridge Company, one of the most prolific fabricator of metal truss bridges in the state. One of two pin connected truss bridges in Warren County, the structure is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of its technology. Adding to its significance is its association with the Pittsburgh Bridge Company and its agent, Nelson & Buchanan Company."


Through truss bridge over Brokenstraw Creek on PA 3012 (Cemetery Road)
Warren County, Pennsylvania
Built 1889
Pratt through truss
Span length: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86480, -79.52140   (decimal degrees)
41°51'53" N, 79°31'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/622714/4635822 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spring Creek
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
PA 61 3012 0030 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 34174 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31723 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.7 (out of 100)
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19th Century (9,217)
Bridgemapper.com (1,325)
Built 1889 (270)
Built during 1880s (2,325)
Closed (2,778)
Doomed (1,081)
NR-eligible (4,125)
Owned by state (16,695)
Pennsylvania (6,348)
Pratt through truss (6,287)
Pratt truss (10,628)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,641)
Through truss (18,180)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,538)
Truss (37,208)
Warren County, Pennsylvania (69)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge is closed and scheduled for replacement



Brokenstraw Creek Bridge
Posted May 26, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge is not currently slated for replacement, although demolition without replacement has been considered. The township would be interested in preserving the bridge as a matter of fact but is struggling to find funding. The bridge is considered redundant by the FHWA and they have refused to provide any sort of funding as a result, which has severely limited the township's options.

Brokenstraw Creek Bridge
Posted May 26, 2021, by Joshua Long (naturejj2015 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The signs are still up as of current, donít know if the replacement may happen? Pass by it frequently, I know.

Brokenstraw Creek Bridge
Posted November 3, 2012, by Nick Hovey (choochoonick [at] verizon [dot] net)

This bridge, on Cemetery Road, is now closed to traffic, pending replacement in the near future.