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allston Bridge (Beaver County Bridge No. 26)

  • Year Built: 1884
  • Type: Double Intersection Pratt (Whipple) Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 2
  • Length: total length 406', two spans at 203' each
  • Width: 20'2"
  • Builder: Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, PA
  • Location: Fallston Borough, Beaver County
  • Carried: Front Street over the Beaver River
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 3900

The Fallston Bridge is a pin-connected double intersection Pratt thru truss (also referred to as a Whipple truss) constructed in 1884 by Penn Bridge Works of Beaver Falls, PA, an important bridge builder. This two-span bridge is 406' long and 20'2" wide with a vertical clearance of 9'6". It is located in Fallston Borough, Beaver County, where it carried Front Street over the Beaver River until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2015. 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 (Whipple), method of truss member end connection (pinned), structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, sway and lateral bracing, builders plaques, and sidewalk railing.

 serve this historic structure, ownership of the bridge in its entirety or by individual spans will be transferred to an interested party for preservation in place or 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 David Anthony of PennDOT District 11 at or at (412) 429-4861.