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Breakneck Bridge


Underneath west side

Photo taken by Brian Manville in April 11, 2017


BH Photo #388675


Street View 


A covered bridge known as Eckertís Bridge spanned the Slippery Rock Creek about 1.5 miles south of the bridge at McConnellís Mill. It was erected in 1852 and named for John Nicholas Eckert (died 1906), a man who operated a mill on the west side of the creek at that location. The covered bridge grew dangerous over the years and a lumber truck almost feel through it in early December 1933. After a truck fell through another nearby covered bridge (Breakneck Bridge) in August 1952, both aging spans were closed to traffic. Both were slated for replacement and the new Eckertís Bridge was opened for traffic in October 1954. Eckertís Bridge was essentially isolated when Breakneck Bridge and parts of Eckertís Bridge Road, Breakneck Bridge Road, and Cheeseman Road were closed due to massive erosion in 1979. (Oct 1954) - From "Lawrence County Memoirs" http://www.lawrencecountymemoirs.com/lcmpages/1153/eckert-s-...

Per this map, http://www.dot7.state.pa.us/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Type5/37212.p... bridge is located in Lawrence County, PA


Steel stringer bridge over Cheeseman Run on Breakneck Bridge Rd
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1954
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.93747, -80.17842   (decimal degrees)
40°56'15" N, 80°10'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/569161/4532140 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 22419 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 76534 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Transferred 4/11 pictures from Eckert Bridge to Breakneck Bridge.
  • April 25, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Updated with correct county
  • April 13, 2017: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • April 12, 2017: Added by Clark Vance

Related Bridges 


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Lawrence County Memoirs - Description of this and Eckert bridge replacing earlier covered spans.
  • Brian Manville


Breakneck Bridge
Posted May 2, 2017, by Brian Manville

I messed up; when I took pictures on April 11th, I thought I was photographing the Eckert Bridge when in reality I shot the Breakneck Bridge. I've moved the pictures to the correct bridge. Please accept my apology for the error.