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Bishop Road Bridge

(Cumberland County Bridge Y-9)

  • Year Built: 1898
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 134'
  • Width: 17'2"
  • Builder: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio
  • Location: Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County
  • Carries: Bishop Road (TR 612) over Yellow Breeches Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 14048

The Bishop Road Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt thru truss built in 1898 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. This single-span bridge is 134' long and 17'2" wide with a vertical clearance of 14'. It is located in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County, where it carries Bishop Road (TR 612) over Yellow Breeches Creek. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss form (Pratt thru), method of truss member end connections (pinned), structural members to include the top and bottom chord, vertical and diagonal members, sway bracing, features of the portal, lattice railing and builder plaques.  An unusual feature of this bridge is the use of rolled metal truss members.

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 removal, rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the structure. If you or your organization is interested in assuming ownership of this historic bridge, please contact Tyra Guyton of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office at or at 717-346-0617 or Jeremy Ammerman of PennDOT District 8 at or at 71-705-2667.