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Schwaben Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Janis Ford in June 2013


BH Photo #431675


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The one-span, 31'-long, pin-connected Pratt truss bridge fabricated in 1897 is composed of standard built-up members and eye bars. Prior to 1973, the steel stringers and timber deck were replaced. They no longer bear on the truss floorbeams. The northern stone abutment was completely replaced with a concrete abutment after flood damage in 1972. The truss bearings have been encased in concrete. The alterations to this short-span truss bridge are intrusive and constitute a significant loss of integrity of original design. Numerous unaltered examples of the popular late-19th-century truss type and design have been identified in Northumberland County and the region.


Pratt Pony Truss bridge over Schwaben Creek on T-454 (Line Road)
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1897; rehabilitated 1973
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 25.9 ft.
Total length: 30.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.71361, -76.68278   (decimal degrees)
40°42'49" N, 76°40'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/357861/4508327 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 29376 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 52064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79.6 (out of 100)
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19th Century (8,332)
Built 1897 (284)
Built during 1890s (3,189)
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (83)
Open (40,961)
Owned by county (21,600)
Pennsylvania (5,744)
Pony truss (17,004)
Pratt pony truss (3,947)
Pratt truss (10,282)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,216)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,498)
Truss (35,396)

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2018: New photos from Janis Ford
  • April 15, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and details on design