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Musser Run Bridge



FROM PENNDOT HISTORIC BRIDGE DATA: The bridge carries a two-lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural area with scattered 20th century residences. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential. US 22 was the William Penn Highway, an early automobile tourists trail created in the late 1910s. It was one of a number of cross-state routes. Although it had regional and local importance, it has limited national or state historical significance.

The single-span, 28'-long, reinforced concrete deck arch bridge is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. Originally constructed in 1935 as part of a project realigning US 22 around McVeytown, the bridge had standard design concrete balustrades. In 1965, the balustrades were removed and replaced by the present concrete parapets with two-rail high tubular railings. The altered bridge is a late, short-span, and technologically unnoteworthy example of the reinforced concrete arch technology that became popular in the 1900s and 1910s. The mid-1930s project to realign the route around McVeytown was typical of improvements to US highway routes throughout the state from the 1930s through the 1950s. The bridge is not distinguished by its setting, context, or technology.


Concrete arch bridge over Musser Run on US 22
Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1965
Closed-spandrel arch
Span length: 27.9 ft.
Total length: 27.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.48361, -77.76278   (decimal degrees)
40°29'01" N, 77°45'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/265827/4485102 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newton Hamilton
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 44 0022 0230 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 26368 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31310 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81.6 (out of 100)
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Arch (11,908)
Built 1935 (1,426)
Built during 1930s (11,527)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,920)
Deck arch (11,154)
Mifflin County, Pennsylvania (37)
Open (39,429)
Owned by state (15,695)
Pennsylvania (5,164)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,394)
Structurally deficient (14,812)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,981)
US 22 (22)

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected GPS