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Schwaben Creek Bridge


FROM PENNDOT HISTORIC BRIDGE DATA: The 1894, 38' long, pin connected Pratt pony truss bridge has built up box section upper chords and end posts, and the verticals are angles with lattice, and there is a pin plate at the bottom to facilitate the lower panel point connection. The diagonals and lower chords are eye bars. The bridge has been extensively altered. The original stringers have been replaced with deeper sringers supported on concrete abutments that are probably set in front of the original stone abutments. They are the superstructure. The original bearings of the truss bridge are encased in the new concrete abutments. The alterations were done in 1972, and they make the otherwise early regional example of a pin connected bridge not eligible. The bridge does not have integrity of original design.


Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Schwaben Creek on T-444
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1894; rehabilitated 1963; replaced in 2005
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 38.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.71944, -76.70972   (decimal degrees)
40°43'10" N, 76°42'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/355598/4509019 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
PA 49 7219 0444 0115 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 52065 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 15, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added category "Pin-connected"