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Eckert Bridge (1954)


East side view

Photo taken by Brian Manville in May 1, 2017


BH Photo #388693


Street Views 


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"



Steel stringer bridge over Slippery Rock Creek on Eckert Bridge Rd
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1954
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 144.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.94047, -80.17657   (decimal degrees)
40°56'26" N, 80°10'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/569313/4532474 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 22420 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 76514 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 2, 2017: New photos from Brian Manville
  • April 25, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Changed to Lawrence County, PA based on map: http://www.dot7.state.pa.us/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Type5/37212.pdf
  • April 13, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 13, 2017: New Street View added by Don Morrison
  • April 12, 2017: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • April 11, 2017: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • April 11, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Added category "Built 1852"

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Eckert Bridge (1954)
Posted April 13, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Second view. Road arrow click 4 times. Pivot left.

Eckert Bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Just a great view of what the bridge is like now--trailhead parking. The rule is, when available, use the street view with puppies!

Eckert Bridge (1954)
Posted April 13, 2017, by Don Morrison

Street view won't hold the view for me either. Is the guy unloading his dogs someone we know from bridgehunter?

Eckert Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Brian Manville

Art -

Yeah, after thinking about it you're right. If I happen to come across photos of the original bridge I'll create a separate entry. For now, I guess I can leave the fact that this is the second incarnation of the bridge and whatnot in the description.

Eckert Bridge
Posted April 11, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like the history has been updated/corrected. I can further confirm that bridges with this style railing in Pennsylvania are state standard design, usually dating to the 1950s.

Eckert Bridge
Posted April 11, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


The bridge in the pictures doesn't look like a through truss nor was the span shown built in 1852, though I suspect part of the abutments date to that time. May I suggest there be two entries, one for the covered bridge in your description and one for the bridge in the photos.


Art S.