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Levans Iron Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman on November 27, 2010


BH Photo #188725


Street View 


The name is a misnomer as a bridge built in 1904 would have been built out of steel. It could of course refer to an older bridge at this location.


Pratt through truss bridge over Little Swatara Creek on Swatara Road
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1960
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Total length: 157.2 ft.
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.41300, -76.45010   (decimal degrees)
40°24'47" N, 76°27'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/376966/4474607 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
PA 38 7214 0563 3005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 22888 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31170 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed
  • May 27, 2021: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • July 9, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 28, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Adjusted GPS coords


  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Levans Iron Bridge
Posted September 19, 2011, by David Beck (mindopenwhy [at] gmail [dot] com)

It may interest you to note the damage done to the road next to this bridge from the flooding that occured in September 2011.

The water at this location crested at around 3am on September 8, 2011 at approximately 1 foot above the crest during Agnes in 1972.

These pictures were taken on September 10, 2011.

Your pictures provide a perfect "before" shot to see the extent of the damage done by the recent flooding.

I grew up in the house that is on the other side of this bridge. Your pictures show a barn with a red roof - on the other side of the road from this barn is the house I grew up in, currently owned by my sister and her husband.

During Agnes the house and barn were owned by my great grandparents, Harry and Lola Dissinger.

A distant relative on my mother's side (last name of Rank) was involved in the building of the bridge. This name was on the plaques on either side of the bridge. Your pictures capture one of the empty spaces where the plaque on the west side of the bridge used to be located. According to my sister and her husband these plaques were removed by a surveying crew about a year ago (perhaps for some official purpose, but we don't know for sure).

Great pictures!