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Cementon Bridge

  • Year Built: 1933
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 4
  • Length: 575'
  • Width: 22'
  • Builder: State Department of Highways
  • Location: Cementon, Lehigh County and Northampton, Northampton County
  • Carries: SR 329 over Lehigh River
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 23179

The Cementon Bridge is a riveted Pratt thru truss built in 1933 by the State Department of Highways. This four-span bridge comprises three identical thru trusses at 160' each and one built-up girder, totaling 575' in length with a width of 22' and a vertical clearance of 13'-3". It connects Cementon in Lehigh County and Northampton in Northampton County, carrying SR 329 over the Lehigh River. 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 connection (riveted), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, sway and lateral bracing and features of the portal.

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 tyguyton@pa.gov or at (717) 346-0617 or Kris Thompson of PennDOT District 5 at krthompson@pa.gov or at (610) 871-4459.