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Burnt House Road Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 2/26/2011


BH Photo #194257


The single-lane, concrete arch bridge that carries Burnt House Road over the Yellow Breeches Creek in Dickinson Township was closed today by the state Department of Transportation and will cost about $1.4 million to replace.

Officials decided to close the nearly 100-year-old bridge after an underwater inspection Tuesday revealed serious undermining of one of the supporting piers of the bridge, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Penny said.

The state estimates about 2,100 vehicles drive over the bridge every day. A detour route has not yet been released by PennDOT.

The project is listed on PennDOT's Transportation Improvement Plan for replacement in 2012, though the state will try to advance the project to an earlier date.

SOURCE: www.pennlive.com

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The 2-span, 114'-long, reinforced concrete, shallow elliptical arch bridge is finished with pipe railings with concrete posts. The closed spandrel walls have a visible outward bulge with large horizontal cracks extending across the length of the span. The concrete railing posts on the north end have large concrete patches. Spalls have exposed twisted reinforcing bars. The bridge is supported on concrete abutments and a cutwater pier. Built in 1912, the bridge is one of at least eight identified reinforced concrete arch highway bridges from 1909 to 1918 in Cumberland County, and one of over 270 pre-1920 examples statewide. The SR 3021 bridge has alterations and is not distinguished by its setting. Other examples better represent the historical and technological significance of the early application of the reinforced concrete arch bridge technology in the county context.


Concrete arch bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on PA 3021 (Burnt House Rd)
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Closed to traffic, slated to be replaced in 2012
Built 1912, Lost 2012
- C.A. Bingham (Engineer)
- G.W. Ensign (Contractor)
Closed-spandrel arch, reinforced concrete, elliptical deck
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 113.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Also called
Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12614, -77.21902   (decimal degrees)
40°07'34" N, 77°13'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/310925/4444118 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
PA 21 3021 0010 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 13947 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30820 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 12.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Lost according to GE imagery
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and details on design
  • February 28, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Tweeked GPS
  • February 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Bridge is closed, but still intact.


  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • PennLive - Patriot News article
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Burnt House Road Bridge
Posted January 11, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Contract for replacement has been posted for bidding.

Anticipated Notice to Proceed: 03/26/2012

Required Completion: 12/31/2012

Burnt House Road Bridge
Posted February 27, 2011, by Jodi Christman

I AGREE! And they should preserve it. It's right next to the house that the road is named after.

Burnt House Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This span deserves a party next year for it's 100th birthday .......Not a bulldozer!