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Daro Road Bridge (Luzerne County Bridge No. 16007)

  • Year Built: 1910
  • Type: Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 80'
  • Width: 16'
  • Builder: Phoenix Iron Company, Dean & West Brook
  • Location: Huntington Township, Luzerne County
  • Carries: Daro Road (TR 490) over Huntington Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 24412

The Daro Road Bridge is a Pratt pony truss constructed in 1910 by Dean & Westbrook, agents for the Phoenix Iron Company of Phenixville, PA an important Pennsylvania bridge engineering company. This single-span bridge is 80' long and 16' wide.  It is located in Huntington Township, Luzerne County, where it carried Daro Road (TR 490) over Huntington Creek until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2014.  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), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords.  Unusual features of this bridge include floorbeams located above the lower chords, punched pin holes in each vertical for the lower panel point connection, and Phoenix column 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 tyguyton@pa.gov or at (717) 346-0617 or Heather Gerling of PennDOT District 4 at hgerling@pa.gov or at (570) 368-4414.