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Gilbert Bridge


New Gilbert Bridge

Looking upstream, north side (Bishop Road)

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in May 2009


BH Photo #141381



Original Bridge is still possibly for sale: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/Bureaus/pdCulturalResour...

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 8-0, is currently seeking a party to acquire The Gilbert Road/Hall Estates Bridge. The Gilbert Road/Hall Estates Bridge is a single span Pratt Truss that crosses the Yellow Breeches Creek along T-892 in Upper Allen and Monaghan Townships, in Cumberland and York Counties, Pennsylvania. The bridge was commissioned by the Cumberland and York County Commissioners and was built in 1900 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton,Ohio. The Hall Estates Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for its architectural significance as an excellent example of a Pratt Truss bridge.

Federal Law stipulates that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) can assist with moving the bridge to a new location, but FHWA's participation cannot exceed the costs of demolition. The new owner will be responsible for costs associated with the rehabilitation and future maintenance of the bridge. These stipulations will more than likely be required in a restrictive covenant to which the new owner must agree.

If you, or your organization, is interested in assuming ownership of the historic bridge, please contact William Scott of Benatec Associates at 717-901-7055 or by email at bscott@benatec.com.

The bridge is 18 feet wide and 104 feet long.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on TR 892 (Bishop Road)
York County, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
replaced by a concrete span
Built 1899 by Wrought Iron Bridge Co; Replaced 2008
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 5, 1989
Also called
Hall Estate Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.15359, -76.98116   (decimal degrees)
40°09'13" N, 76°58'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/331262/4446685 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 66 7219 0892 3248 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 89000355 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 44918 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31865 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added date of replacement and other stuff.
  • April 6, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected GPS
  • November 20, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: added info to purchase bridge
  • November 10, 2010: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • June 14, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: status, overview
  • June 14, 2009: New photos from Jodi Christman



Gilbert Bridge
Posted April 7, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree with JS about PennDOTs ability to not leave historic truss bridges where they are and demolish them.There are a couple of factors involved with their decision making which I find questionable at best but we all know what those factors are so i'm not going to go into detail about that.Bridges which are able to be rehabilitatd instead of being replaced should be maintained which I see that PennDOT is not interested in which irritates me even though I live in southeastern PA.I've seen a few of the truss bridges where I live demolished so I don't and won't defend PennDOT when anybody jokes about them or makes them look like a hot pile of fresh cow doo-doo.

Gilbert Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by JS (Scottgehman [at] conradsiegel [dot] com)

I used to launch into the creek off a rope swing right by the old bridge. Imagine my shock when I took this road years later and they had cut down the swing, cleared half the trees, and slabified the bridge. Not to mention the new bridge is on a completely different alignment. I wonder why they couldn't leave the old one in place for posterity? It sure looked nicer and wasn't in the way...