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Depot Street Bridge

(Beachy Street Bridge, Somerset County Bridge No. 25)

  • Year Built: circa 1894
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 108'
  • Width: 12'
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Location: Elk Lick Township, Somerset County
  • Carried: Depot Street (TR 805) over Casselman River
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 31853

Built circa 1894, the Depot Street Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt pony truss. This single-span bridge is 108' long and 12' wide with a vertical clearance of 12'3".  It is located in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, where it carried Depot Street (TR 805) over the Casselman River until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2005. 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, sway and knee bracing, and features of the portal. An unusual feature of the 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 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 9 at or at 717-705-2667.