Wangum Road Bridge
How does PennDOT deal with a beautiful historic bridge crossing a spectacular water fall on a road that serves only two full time residents? Bring in the bulldozers and tear it out!
Photo taken by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
BH Photo #176853
This bridge serves 2 full time residents. It crosses the creek directly above a spectacular waterfall. The bridge is eligible for the National Register as an early riveted Warren pony truss.
The approaching roadway is a narrow one-lane road with shear rock on either side.
PennDOT plans to demolish and replace this historic bridge with a MOB (Mail Order Bridge) truss structure. This ugly galvanized, welded structure is supposed to look like the historic riveted truss bridge. This replacement structure was selected because the new bridge will provide a 45 ton weight limit.
It is not clear how or why any traffic that weighs 45 tons would even dream of using this road.
- Pony truss bridge over Middle Creek on TR 367
- Wayne County, Pennsylvania
- Open to traffic
- Future prospects
- Slated for demolition and replacement.
- Built 1903; rehabilitated 1944
- Warren pony truss
Span length: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 88.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Middle Creek Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.49590, -75.24887 (decimal degrees)
41°29'45" N, 75°14'56" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/479227/4593838 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
- Inventory numbers
- PA 63 7216 0367 0129 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 35867 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31809 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of August 2014)
- Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.5 (out of 100)
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- January 10, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated description to elaborate on absurdity of replacement plans.
- September 9, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.