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Breslau Bridge


East Elevation, Showing Truss Span 6 Through 2

Photo taken by Robert Shelley for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310134


It is an exceptionally long, multiple-span steel truss structure, comprising six Parker truss spans in combination with steel plate girder and reinforced concrete approach spans. Constructed in 1911-14, it was the first major bridge built by Luzerno County. In 1945-46, the bridge was widened in accordance with an innovative method developed by Arthur G. Leake and Company.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Hanover Street
Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Removed but not replaced
Built 1911 by Penn Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1948; Closed to traffic 1989; Removed 1996
- Arthur G. Leake & Co. (widening 1945-46)
- Horseheads Bridge Co. of Horseheads, New York (Erectors)
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (Engineer original trusses)
- Scofield Engineering Co. (original design)
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 1,777.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Plymouth-Breslau Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.23788, -75.94390   (decimal degrees)
41°14'16" N, 75°56'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/420902/4565594 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilkes-Barre West
Inventory numbers
PA 40 7422 0815 0003 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 65000 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 24, 2014: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-479 - Breslau Bridge, Spanning North Branch of Susquehanna River at Hannover Street, Plymouth, Luzerne County, PA
  • Geoff Hubbs