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Meadowview Drive Bridge


Photo From PennDOT

BH Photo #204486


Street View 


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The single span, 42'-long, metal Pratt pony truss bridge built ca. 1890 is supported on stone abutments. The truss is composed of built-up compression members and eye bar and rod tension members. It is pin connected with the exception of cast iron connecting pieces at the upper chord-end post connections, a detail associated with Wrought Iron Bridge Co. pony truss bridges. U-shaped hangers support rolled section floorbeams carrying steel stringers and an open steel grid deck placed ca. 1980. Original railings have been lost and replaced by W-beam guide railings. The bridge is a historically and technologically significant example of its type/design by an important late 19th century fabricator. The Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, OH, was among the best known and most successful builders to establish a national market for its bridges. The company was very active in York County during the last two decades of the 19th century.


Pratt pony truss bridge over North Branch Bermudian Creek on PA 4038 (Meadowview Drive)
York County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Bridge to be relocated and preserved in Spring/Summer 2014 near 2480 West Canal Road, Dover, PA 17315 (Exact coordinates: 39.99415 -76.84985
Built 1890. Possibly Rehabilitated/Moved 1930.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected Pratt pony truss; cast and wrought iron
Length of largest span: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05694, -77.06278   (decimal degrees)
40°03'25" N, 77°03'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/324061/4436116 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 66 4038 0060 0387 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 38013 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 45787 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 4, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added planned relocation date and location.
  • September 14, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • May 16, 2013: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
  • July 19, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 2, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth

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Meadowview Drive Bridge
Posted March 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This has ended up being a rare success story, as this bridge is to be relocated and preserved for pedestrian use. The new location will be at coordinates 39.99415 -76.84986, or near 2480 West Canal Road, Dover, PA 17315 and should be completed this summer.

Meadowview Drive Bridge
Posted May 3, 2013, by Joel Wyman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow does PENNDOT have something against preserving historical bridges or something? You would think that a state like PA would try and preserve some of it's historical beauty.