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Cedar Street Bridge


Looking east

Feed Mill is behind me

Photo taken by Jodi Christman Sept. 2010


BH Photo #176901

Street View 


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The one-span, 119'-long, wrought-iron, pin-connected, double-intersection Pratt thru truss bridge has built-up verticals and upper chord, and eye-bar diagonals, counters and lower chord. It is supported on stone abutments. The lattice portals are topped by builder's plaques that read "T. & S. White, Builders, New Brighton, PA." Mounted at the top corners of the inclined end posts are cast-iron shields with the date "1876." The bridge has been altered by replacement floorbeams, stringers, deck, railings, and welded repairs to the end-panel floorbeam hangers, but the trusses themselves are otherwise complete. It one of fewer than 10 identified double-intersection Pratt thru truss highway bridges dating from ca. 1870 to 1900 in the state, and one of no more than four from the 1870s. Builders T. & S. White began building bridges in 1868 and went on to incorporate the Penn Bridge Company in 1879. The bridge is technologically significant as an early, rare, and relatively complete example of the its type and design, fabricated by a noteworthy Pennsylvania builder. It would also contribute to a potential Williamson historic district.


Through truss bridge over Back Creek on Feed Mill Road
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Built 1876; rehabilitated ca. 1960
- T.& S. White
Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 117.1 ft.
Total length: 119.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Feed Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.85133, -77.79810   (decimal degrees)
39°51'05" N, 77°47'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/260620/4415003 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
PA 28 7212 0481 4001 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 17726 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30946 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: added builder
  • July 13, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • February 29, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • October 9, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 8, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Imported NBI data
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • April 9, 2011: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • September 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted satellite coordinated
  • September 26, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Updated status description
  • September 11, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman

Related Bridges 



Cedar Street Bridge
Posted February 29, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan,i admit I got carried away with asking about bridges in Pa and other states.Over time though I found out that by keeping up with these bridge via media and this site I can actually find out information without asking the same questions about these bridges.As for PennDOT destroying historic bridges we actually need leadership that has a backbone which we don't have presently.Remember,PennDOT is funded by the taxpayers so the public does have a say.Elected officials in other words should put up or shut up.That's how we keep historic bridges and don't lose them.This is not a politically based gripe.Just letting people know what we face here in Pa.If I am wrong I will admit it.

Cedar Street Bridge
Posted February 11, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I notice you have been asking about the status for a ton of bridges in Pennsylvania on this website. If a bridge has been demolished or replaced or even is at risk for demolition... and anybody who moderates this website knows... it would be noted on the pages for the bridge. There is a "Future Prospects" section and a "Status" section where relevant information would appear. Sometimes visitors add information to the forum at the bottom of the page. In regards to highway bridges in Pennsylvania, I try to keep both BridgeHunter and my website at www.historicbridges.org up to date with the current status of bridges. However, due to the demolition rate of bridges in Pennsylvania, often bridges that we think are still there have been demolished. Simply put, if you are visiting bridges in Pennsylvania, you are likely to waste at least some time visiting bridges that are gone. Its just how it goes.

In regards to this particular bridge on Cedar Street, I can tell you it was still standing as shown here when I personally visited the bridge on October 21, 2013.

Cedar Street Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Feed Mill Road Bridge
Posted January 5, 2011, by dave james (shingles [at] comcast [dot] net)

my cousin bought the feedmill with about 18 acres in 1994 or so(got flooded in 1996....not previously in the 100 year flood plane)I believe the bridge is the end of his property line but not sure. He has rehabbed the feedmill as his primary residence but the 3 story stone mill still needs work.

Feed Mill Road Bridge
Posted September 27, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks :) I may try to integrate this into a winter trip because it looks like it might be easier to photo with leaves off the trees.

Feed Mill Road Bridge
Posted September 25, 2010, by Jodi Christman

Take Williamson Rd. west. Make right on road between Bullitt Rd. and the bridge (on Williamson Road). It looks private, but I don't recall a no trespassing sign. You will see the road for the vehicular bridge on left. Good luck.

Feed Mill Road Bridge
Posted September 12, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am curious how the access to this bridge is. Can you drive right up to it? Which direction should one approach from? Did you have to deal with any landowners around the bridge?