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​Ftorkowski Road Bridge

(Luzerne County Bridge #6)

  • Year Built:  ca. 1889
  • Type:  Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans:  1
  • Length: 78'
  • Width: 15'8"
  • Builder: Phoenix Bridge Company, Phoenixville, PA, Dean & Westbrook, New York
  • Location: Huntington Township, Luzerne County
  • Carries: Ftorkowski Road (T-482) over Huntington Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 24411

The Ftorkowski Road Bridge is a pin connected Pratt pony truss built circa 1889 by Dean and Westbrook, agents for the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, PA. This single-span bridge is 78' long and 15'8" wide and is located in Huntington Township, Luzerne County where it carries Ftorkowski Road (T-482) over Huntington Creek. The bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of the bridge include the truss material (wrought and cast 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 floorbeams placed above the lower chord.

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.