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​Faux Road Bridge

(Luzerne County Bridge No. 45810)

  • Year Built:  ca. 1895
  • Type:  Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans:  1
  • Length: 45'
  • Width: 14'1"
  • Builder: Phoenix Bridge Company, Phoenixville, PA
  • Location: Hollenback Township, Luzerne County
  • Carries: Faux Road (T-392) over Wapwallopen Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 24406

The Faux Road Bridge is a pin connected Pratt pony truss built circa 1895 by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, PA. This single-span bridge is 45' long and 14'1" wide and is located in Hollenback Township, Luzerne County, where it carries Faux Road (T-392) over Wapwallopen Creek.  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 connection (pinned), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members and outriggers. Unusual features of this bridge include Phoenix column truss members and 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 tyguyton@pa.gov or at (717) 346-0617 or Heather Gerling of PennDOT District 4 at hgerling@pa.gov or at (570) 368-4414.