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Rose Point Bridge (original)



Photo taken May 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108659


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Slippery Rock Creek on Old US 422
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1935
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 185.0 ft.
Total length: 190.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.97133, -80.18176   (decimal degrees)
40°58'17" N, 80°10'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/568845/4535897 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
1145 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
PA 37 7212 0741 1001 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 22563 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2017: Updated by Brian Manville: Additional photos
  • December 27, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • April 27, 2009: Updated by Curtis Lee: adjusted coordinates, added elevation
  • April 10, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • December 18, 2006: Posted photo from Jack Schmidt


  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Luke
  • Brian Manville


Rose Point Bridge (original)
Posted September 15, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the new pictures, Brian. This is one of my favorite bridges on the site. Sad to see it deteriorating, as your pics make it seem the beams are starting to rust pretty bad.

Rose Point Bridge (original)
Posted June 26, 2017, by Brian Manville

The bridge still stands - I took additional photos of the bridge today.

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

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

Rose Point Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I updated the NBI data to show the most recent recorded (2011) inspection. As far as I know, its still standing, haven't heard otherwise. But with PennDOT, you never know :)

Rose Point Bridge
Posted December 27, 2013, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Anybody have an update on this bridge?

Rose Point Bridge
Posted July 31, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

Sorry, 75 years old--I'm a year ahead of myself! :>P

Rose Point Bridge
Posted July 31, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

The bridge was built in 1935, which makes it 76 years old and more likely to have structural problems than it would if it were less than 50 years old. Also, there is far too much V-lacing in the overhead sway bracing members to consider it a modern truss design (modern trusses are pretty plain looking compared to this one). But, as you mention, I have seen plenty of truss bridges built in the '50's (and even newer) that are in pretty tough shape.

Rose Point Bridge
Posted July 30, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well if anyone out in Bridgehunter land is nearby, grace us with some substructure or river-level photos, I would be eternally grateful. This bridge intrigues me. Especially the fact its less than 50 years old, is a modern truss design, and is already closed.

Rose Point Bridge
Posted July 1, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Although I did a brief photo-documentation of this bridge, I don't have as many photos of this bridge as I would like, so I can't comment on the actual condition of this bridge. I did not look under the deck of the bridge which is where any closure-warranting deterioration would likely be located.

It is listed as Serious superstructure in the NBI so I assume there was a structural problem with the bridge, however given that most bridges of this type in Pennsylvania are unrestricted for load and are in decent condition, this unusually low rating may be due to an isolated problem on the bridge. However it is rusted, which suggests this bridge was not maintained as well as many other similar bridges in Pennsylvania.

It probably has remained closed because it is a non-essential bridge, since as you note, the main highway is realigned nearby.

Being that it is a closed truss bridge located in Pennsylvania, I would consider the bridge at risk for demolition.

Rose Point Bridge
Posted June 28, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Neat bridge!! Why was it closed? Did it fail inspection or what? I see there's a "new" highway but this bridge looks in decent shape.