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Kellytown Road Bridge (Clearfield County Bridge File Number CC-30)

  • Year Built: 1883
  • Type: Double Intersection Pratt (Whipple) Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 141'
  • Width: 16'1"
  • Builder: Pittsburgh Bridge Company
  • Location: Knox Township, Clearfield County
  • Carried: Kellytown Road (TR 566) over Clearfield Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 11930

The Kellytown Road Bridge is a double intersection Pratt thru truss (also referred to as a Whipple truss) constructed in 1883 by the Pittsburgh Bridge Company, an important bridge builder in Pennsylvania. This single-span bridge is 141' long and 16'1" wide with a vertical clearance of 19'. It is located in Knox Township, Clearfield County, where it carried Kellytown Road (TR 566) over Clearfield Creek until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1992. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge are the truss materials (wrought iron), truss form (Whipple), method of truss member end connection (riveted), structural members to include the top and bottom chord, vertical and diagonals, sway bracing, features of the portal and builder plaque. An unusual feature of this bridge is the bottom chord passes through the ends of the floorbeams.  

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 Don Burden of PennDOT District 2 at or at (814) 678-7194.