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​Bender Bridge

(Fike Bridge, Somerset County Bridge No. 67) 

  • Year Built: 1885
  • Type: Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 48'
  • Width: 13'2"
  • Builder: Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 
  • Location: Summit Township, Somerset County
  • Carried: Bender Bridge Road (TR 504) over Elk Lick Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 31906

The Bender Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt pony truss built in 1885 by the Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. This single-span bridge is 48' long and 13'2" wide and is located in Summit Township, Somerset County, where it carries Bender Bridge Road (TR 504) over Elk Lick Creek. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss material (wrought iron), truss form (Pratt pony), method of truss member end connection (pinned), structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members and builder plaques. An unusual feature of this bridge is the U-bolt floorbeam hangers. 

To preserve this historic structure, ownership of the bridge in its entirety will be transferred to an interested party for removal to a new location. The new owner will be responsible for costs associated with long-term maintenance of the structure. If your organization is interested in assuming ownership of this historic bridge, please contact Tyra Guyton at tyguyton@pa.gov or at (717) 346-0617 or Jeremy Ammerman of PennDOT District 9 at jerammerma@pa.gov  or at (717) 705-2667.