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Breslau Bridge

Photos 

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

Map 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Hanover Street
Location
Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1911 by Penn Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1948; Closed to traffic 1989; Removed 1996
Builders
- 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)
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
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

Sources 

  • 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