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Mill Road Bridge (Bucks County Bridge No. 127)

  • Year Built: 1888
  • Type: Double Intersection Pratt (Whipple) Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 2
  • Length: total length 290', one span at 140' and one span at 150'
  • Width: 15'6"
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Location: Buckingham and Warwick Townships, Bucks County
  • Carried: Mill Road over Neshaminy Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 7529

Built in 1888, the Mill Road Bridge is a double intersection Pratt thru truss (also referred to as a Whipple truss). This two-span bridge is 290' long and 15'6" wide with a vertical clearance of 11'3". It carried Mill Road over Neshaminy Creek, connecting Buckingham and Warwick Townships in Bucks County, until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2010.  This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss materials (wrought and cast 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 bracing, and features of the portal.  Unusual features of the bridge are the U-bolt floorbeam hangers, and the cast-iron chafe guides used to carry the loop-forged eyebars past the verticals.

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 Monica Harrower of PennDOT District 6 at mharrower@pa.gov or at (610) 205-6709.