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Cambridge Springs Bridge - US 6



Photo taken May 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108598

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Through truss bridge over French Creek on US 6/US 19 in Cambridge Springs
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Demolished 2020, being replaced by a new bridge
Built 1901 by Massillon Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1986
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 203.1 ft.
Deck width: 21.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.80473, -80.05596   (decimal degrees)
41°48'17" N, 80°03'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/578422/4628526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cambridge Springs
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 20 0006 0900 0114 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 12905 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30783 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler
  • October 7, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • July 10, 2020: New photos from Brian Manville
  • August 5, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 10, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 28, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 13, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith



Cambridge Springs Bridge - US 6
Posted May 14, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

They are. Unfortunately.

Cambridge Springs Bridge - US 6
Posted May 14, 2021, by Mike Kavelish (michaelmkavelish [at] outlook [dot] com)

A year later and the bridge is still closed. From what I've seen over the past year (and a half likely), the trusses are gone.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted December 21, 2019, by Mike Kavelish (michaelmkavelish [at] outlook [dot] com)

The bridge is currently closed now. PennDOT is planning to replace it over the course of a year, from what I keep hearing on the traffic news on the radio.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted June 6, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


A long time ago James Baughn (Bridgehunter webmaster) imported all existing links to my website. Since them I revised how my website works and the links changed. Looks like James tried to update the links but left the index.htm in place. I sent him an email and hoping he can fix that.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted June 5, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The end gets nearer...


PennDOT posts 11-ton weight limit on Cambridge Springs bridge

Meadville Tribune Jun 4, 2019

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS Ė An 11-ton weight limit has been posted on the Cambridge Springs truss bridge carrying routes 6 and 19 over French Creek in Cambridge Springs.

The weight restriction was announced this morning by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

While car traffic isnít restricted, there is a truck detour posted. The truck detour uses McClellan and Grant streets.

The weight limit is expected to remain in place until the bridge is replaced during the 2020 construction season, said Jill Harry, PennDOT spokeswoman.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted May 25, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The article is probably confusing the date with one of the several other US-6/19 truss bridges in the area which are from the 30s. The one in Venango has a 1934 date.

The Cambridge Springs Bridge was evaluated as NOT ELIGIBLE many years ago, and PennDOT appears to still be upholding this finding. This is not acceptable given the recent demo of the Berne Station Bridge, the ongoing demo of Denora Webster Bridge, and planned demo of Hulton Bridge and Wolf Bridge.

I contacted the PHMC last week and am advised they will be reviewing this project next week.

All surviving Pennsylvania truss bridges in Pennsylvania should be re-evaluated as eligible given their extreme rarity in the state today as a direct result of widespread unchecked demolition.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted May 25, 2015, by ArtS (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


If you look at Nathan's site in the links, he has compelling evidence For 1901. I just wanted to quote the article verbatim.


Art S.

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted May 24, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So, is this really from 1901 or is the newspaper date correct?

Cambridge Springs Bridge
Posted May 24, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)




PennDOT to outline plansfor Route 6 truss bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will share plans to replace the truss bridge on Route 6 over French Creek in Cambridge Springs during a public meeting at Cambridge Springs High School in June.

The 203-foot bridge is structurally deficient. PennDOT plans to replace it beginning in 2017.

The bridge carries about 8,500 vehicles a day, PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll said.

The bridge was built in 1934.

PennDOT will present plans for the bridge replacement on June 17 at 5:30 p.m. The program will include an outline of the project, including traffic impacts and proposed detours.

-- Valerie Myers