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Bells Mill Bridge 38-65-01

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Bells Mills Covered Bridge end view

Brian McKee and Karen Bittinger in photo

Photo by Brian McKee in December 15, 2008

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BH Photo #130533

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Description 

An example of a Burr arch truss covered bridge dating to the mid-nineteenth century.

-- Historic American Buildings Survey

Facts 

Overview
Wooden covered bridge over Sewickley Creek
Location
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to light auto traffic
History
Built 1850; rehabilitated 1988
Builder
- Daniel McCain
Design
Burr arch with tilting vertical truss members. 100 percent wooden construction.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 6.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 1980
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.21917, -79.71028   (decimal degrees)
40°13'09" N, 79°42'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/609739/4452880 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Smithton
Inventory numbers
PA 64 7215 0970 5023 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 80003648 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 36964 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31818 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2008)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 29.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
1,000

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 12, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info, builder & imported photo
  • December 17, 2008: New photo from Brian McKee

Sources 

  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • HABS PA-415 - Bells Mill Bridge, Sewickley Creek, West Newton, Westmoreland County, PA