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English Center Bridge


Overview Of Site From Northwest

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #144993



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Eyebar suspension bridge over Little Pine Creek on SR 4001
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Section 106 Review has begun. Until Section 106 is concluded, this bridge should be considered at risk for demolition.
Built 1891 by Dean & Westbrook
- Dean & Westbrook of New York, New York
Eyebar suspension bridge
Length of largest span: 299.9 ft.
Total length: 306.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 14, 1978
Also called
Lower Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.43469, -77.28881   (decimal degrees)
41°26'05" N, 77°17'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/308771/4589542 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
English Center
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78002428 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PA 41 4001 0270 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 25018 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 38 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2022: New video from Satolli Glassmeyer
  • June 15, 2021: New photos from Stephen Buonopane
  • November 27, 2020: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • June 11, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • October 17, 2018: New photos from Janis Ford
  • February 18, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Removed inconsistencies with bridge design
  • June 24, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Eyebar suspension"
  • November 6, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 16, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Section 106 begun, bridge at risk for demolition.
  • August 11, 2009: Posted HAER photos



English Center Bridge
Posted January 4, 2022, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfg_mVCypZ0

English Center Bridge
Posted October 17, 2018, by Janis T Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

During our visit a couple of weeks ago, we spoke to a man living in the area. He told us the bridge was about to be removed, taken away & refurbished, brought back & restored. Apparently the community center & the bridge use the same concrete support. This concrete is not strong enough to support the increased weight & will crumble. Therefore, the community center must go.

He told us there are only 2 remaining bridges like this one & that it is the only 1 still in service.

English Center Bridge
Posted June 24, 2017, by Christopher Finigan

According to the prestigious bridge engineering firm Modjeski & Masters, who performed a rehabilitation project on the bridge, this bridge is actually an eyebar chain suspension bridge.

English Center Bridge
Posted February 24, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We are reaching out to several states to add Heritage Bridges to our roster. The ones that do need to stay in place. More will be revealed but we are adding to the roster of services that we can provide to the DOTs as they manage their historic truss management plans.

1. Action. If we are going to go out and document and provide real numbers we might as well take along a team to clean up the bridge of trees and debris, clean the shoes. Then make it clear other necessary maintenance items.

2. Bridge Brokering - Once we have identified trusses that must be moved then the real numbers come into play, finding other sources of funding for moving onto trails or other crossings.

3. Heritage Bridges - Hayden and Bunker are two that are under ownership. We are always open to being the interim owner between responsible entities but here we are taking these bridges on for the long term, providing an avenue to save them that the DOTS nor SHPO can do.

We'll see if we can figure this out. IF anyone else has interest or ideas along these lines that would be great. We're in this 7 years now, and we just got our land conservancy insurance that allows us to open these bridges for recreational use. The pieces are beginning to come together. The projects are big but

I know you know!

It worth it. Thanks for the tips and tricks along the way.


English Center Bridge
Posted January 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks! Local gentleman encountered very nice offered to tow us out , thought we were a little off for trying to see a bridge in those conditions, Maybe he was right, will get there yet!

English Center Bridge
Posted January 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sorry to hear you didn't make it to this wonderful bridge... but rest assured it is still there, and being as the Section 106 Review is still ongoing, it will still be there if you try again in the spring.

English Center Bridge
Posted January 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Tried to visit this bridge on Wednesday, BAD timing 1/2 inch ice on Rt287 off of 15 could not be navigated with 2 wheel drive vehicle. Boulders in roadway from runoff bigger than clearance and had to be moved. Only local encountered could NOT verify it was still there. Hope to get back in the spring.............

English Center Bridge
Posted December 5, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

PennDOT needs to come to the realization that some of these treasures just can't be replaced. And maybe some smaller trusses can be relocated and saved, but this is one of those iconic spans that needs to be retained in place! An ADT of 164 is not sufficient to warrant a new structure here, and it seems more feasible to run a new stretch of road South along the creek to connect the road with Highway 287.

English Center Bridge
Posted December 5, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

This one!

English Center Bridge
Posted July 16, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pennsyvania is working hard to find solutions for bridges in their inventory and Workin' Bridges is working along with them to establish real costs and find customers for some of these treasures. PennDot is now proactive but it takes a customer as well and that is not their job. Producing current market costs for re-use is key to the process. These projects are expensive just because they take big equipment and take a long time. Workin' Bridges was invited to participate in Section 106 but we would rather do the work so we can't. Big thumbs up and lets hope for a great outcome for this bridge.

English Center Bridge
Posted July 16, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Section 106 has begun for this bridge. PennDOT has said they recognize that this bridge is one of the most unique historic bridges in the country and say they do not expect that the bridge will be demolished. However, I consider this bridge at risk for demolition. When justifying the demolition of the Charleroi Monessen Bridge, PennDOT told the public the Donora Webster Bridge would be preserved. However, as of today, the contract to demolish the Donora Webster Bridge has been let. While I remain hopeful of a positive outcome in Section 106, I am certainly not assuming the bridge is safe from demolition.

English Center Bridge
Posted March 28, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks likes big trucks want a new bridge here. This is a bridge that should be repaired and retained in place.

If the big industry boys want new bridges for their own self serving interests, perhaps they should start investing in their own roads.

We are getting involved with this suspension bridge. The reports show good overall except for superstructure. What needs to be restored to get those numbers up.