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Newville Road Overpass


Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2009


BH Photo #140123



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: 'The single span, 94'-long, rivet-connected Warren with verticals pony truss bridge built in 1900 by the Pennsylvania RR is supported on ashlar abutments. It has all built-up members of standard steel sections and plates. Details, such as tapered verticals and T-shaped upper chords of paired angles and plate, are similar to other PRR-designed Warren pony truss overpass bridges from the late 1890s to 1910 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The bridge is historically and technologically significant as among the 12 oldest pre-1901 examples of Warren truss highway bridges in the state. As well, it is historically significant in association with the Philadelphia-Harrisburg division of the PRR's Main Line, one of the most important and heavily engineered railroad right-of-ways in the state. The bridge is individually significant and contributing to the PRR Main Line.

The bridge is closed to traffic. It is over 2 of Amtrak's electrified railroad tracks in a rural setting with woods to the south and a junk yard and modern house to the north. The rail line is the former Pennsylvania RR Main Line, one of the state's most historically significant railroads, established in the late 1840s, and electrified in the late 1930s. The Main Line has been determined eligible by PHMC (DOE 9/14/93).


Lost pony truss bridge over Amtrak on Newville Road
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1900; rehabilitated 1960
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.15144, -76.63012   (decimal degrees)
40°09'05" N, 76°37'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/361158/4445839 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 36 7237 0310 5051 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 31109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
  • May 28, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and builder
  • May 10, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • April 25, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee


  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Newville Road Overpass
Posted August 17, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Mark.Took long enough to replace it,huh?

Newville Road Overpass
Posted August 17, 2017, by Mark Lauriello (mlauriello [at] rettew [dot] com)

This bridge has been replaced.

Newville Road Bridge
Posted February 10, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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