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White Bridge Road Bridge

Photo 

Bridgemapper.com photo

Photo taken by Todd Wilson in 2010

BH Photo #405394

Map 

Description 

Main girders built by American Bridge Co. for a railroad locomotive turntable formerly at Lewistown Junction, Pa., installed in 1902. Railroad turntable replaced with a larger turntable in 1929, and original girders sold to county for adaptive reuse.

Reports indicate bridge slated for replacement in 2018.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Frankstown Branch Juniata River on White Bridge Road Bridge (T427)
Location
Blair County, Pennsylvania
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for demolition 2018, according to reports, but still standing March 2021
History
Built 1929 using girders by American Bridge Co. built for railroad turntable
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York (main girders, originally for railroad turntable)
Design
Through plate girder with unusual polygonal top chord. Main girders came from a railroad locomotive turntable formerly at Lewistown Junction, Mifflin County, Pa., installed in 1902 and replaced in 1929.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 113.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44639, -78.33917   (decimal degrees)
40°26'47" N, 78°20'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/725655/4480704 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankstown
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
125
Inventory numbers
PANBI 05915 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 53368 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2021: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: History and construction details added/corrected
  • February 11, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge slated for demolition; details added
  • December 26, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Recycled Turntable"
  • August 31, 2012: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

White Bridge Road Bridge
Posted March 3, 2021, by Eric Johnson (exercion [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Researching the origin of this bridge revealed that this turntable was not the Mt. Dallas one, but was purchased from the Pennsylvania Railroad and came from Lewistown, PA. I have newspaper articles both on the replacement of the Lewistown turntable, which was changed to accommodate the larger locomotives of the day, specifically the M1's, and on the sale of the original covered bridge for $5, bids for materials, and multiples about getting a turntable from Lewistown and installing it upside down. Construction date at this location is 1929, the turntable was built by American Bridge in 1902.

White Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 26, 2017, by Lance Myers (nsalto07 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is currently closed off and set to be demolished in 2018. It was built from a railroad turntable bridge (originally built in 1902).