6 votes

Bishop Bridge


Portal on York County side

From York Country looking towards Cumberland County

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in March 2009


BH Photo #135363


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on Bishop Road (TR 612)
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and York County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Repairs to deck begun Nov. 2014, reopened.
Built 1898 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Woodlawn, Pennsylvania
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 133.9 ft.
Total length: 133.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
York Country Bridge No. 249
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.15900, -76.97677   (decimal degrees)
40°09'32" N, 76°58'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/331649/4447278 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
PA 21 7104 0612 3809 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 14048 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30821 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 3, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 16, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Pending repairs and reopening added
  • September 22, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum
  • September 14, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected GPS
  • March 1, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated GPS
  • September 18, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • June 14, 2009: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • March 14, 2009: Updated by Jodi Christman


  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have gotten through to a few engineers at the state level that they ask for some level of expertise when working with these bridges. In Texas, it was a 5 year level and asking for hot riveting. They ended up bowing to pressure and have since taken off the riveting ostensibly to see what the testing and inspection plans for field riveting would be.

I say, the inspection should be an app. A sounding tool, if you will that would give a readout and back up to the inspection. Old fashioned in some ways, it is really just like sounding concrete. I've asked Nels to produce some bad rivets. It's not that easy he says. So we go on to other projects with other DOTs hoping that some standards might come out of the policy makers at some point.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

Art -

Well yes, though I was making the case that expertise should be a requisite demanding a like project materials specific resumé in either situation...

So two birds, one stone - Or in this case, one question.


-- Will

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I'm assuming that was a rhetorical question.


Art S.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

Do they pre-qualify potential bidders as having expertise in iron bridges in PA?

They do not do so in those bidding joined timber bridge rehabs.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Clearwater construction will be doing the repairs:


Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice article that discusses historic bridge preservation in general and this bridge specifically and it quotes Nathan extensively - congrats Nathan!



Art S.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

great news that this bridge is being rehabbed.please keep me and anyone else informed.thanks.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


The York County Commissioners approved on Wednesday a deal to repair a historic bridge in the northern part of the county that is closed because of its poor condition.

Work on the Bishop Road bridge over the Yellow Breeches Creek in Monaghan Township is expected to get under way next week, said Steve Malesker, senior project manager with C.S. Davidson.

The work includes patching the bridge below the road deck, he said.

The steel truss bridge that connects York County with Cumberland County dates back to the late 1800s and is eligible to be placed on National Register of Historic Places, he said.

The $62,700 project to repair the bridge should add another 10 years to its lifespan, Malesker told commissioners.

That's a far cry from the $3 million he said it would cost to replace it with a new bridge.

Since the Bishop Road bridge connects the two counties, Cumberland County is on the hook for half the cost of the repairs, meaning York County has to put up only $31,350 for the project.

Cumberland County officials closed the bridge in June.

Yellow Breeches Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Don Alleman (dfirecop [at] aol [dot] com)

Currently closed to traffic. 9/22/2014. Facing recycling bin????