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Miller Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman Sept. 2010


BH Photo #177739



One-lane bridge; repairs made in 2008 after a car damaged the masonry.

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The single lane bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting. At the southwest quadrant is the non-operative D. Miller grist mill (ca. 1870), now owned by the United Water Co., which operates a modern water treatment facility adjacent to the mill. The mill dam and race systems have been expanded and rebuilt to service the water company. To the northwest is a recently constructed residential subdivision. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

The 4-span, 123'-long stone arch bridge has red sandstone voussoirs at the 2 center spans, and brick arch rings at the 2 shorter end spans. The spandrels and parapets are contrasting white limestone fieldstone. At the north end, a section of parapet has been replaced with concrete. Several generations of repointing have partially obscured the stone in some sections of parapet, spandrels, and intrados. Available state and county records do not document the date of construction and the plaque has been lost, but a date of ca. 1900 is estimated based on style and comparison with 12 extant stone arch highway bridges in York County. All of the documented examples in the county have early 20th century dates of construction. Stone arch bridges are a traditional technology that was brought to Pennsylvania in the colonial period and used with great frequency through the early 20th century. Over 350 examples have been identified statewide. This example is historically and technologically distinguished in the local and regional population. It is the longest and only example of greater than 2 spans in York County. Although of unequal span lengths, the bridge has relatively handsome proportions and stonework exhibiting craftsmanship.


Stone arch bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on T955 Slatehill Road
York County, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Open to all traffic
Built 1899
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 123.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Slate Hill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.20278, -76.92583   (decimal degrees)
40°12'10" N, 76°55'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/336093/4452042 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 66 7208 0955 3258 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 38117 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 46199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 5, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Changed status to open and added description
  • December 4, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added 2nd county
  • November 10, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added name to bridge and some details in description
  • September 17, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman



Miller Bridge
Posted January 28, 2016, by Bob Davis (bobdavis1323 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Neat bridge -- I am uploading some pictures from after the recent major snowfall.

Miller Bridge
Posted January 28, 2016, by Bob Davis (bobdavis1323 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Neat bridge -- I am uploading some pictures from after the recent major snowfall.