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​New Fording Bridge

(Huntingdon County Bridge No. 12)

  • Year Built:  ca. 1889
  • Type:  Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans:  1
  • Length: 57'0"
  • Width: 11'8"
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Location: Todd Township, Huntingdon County
  • Carries: New Fording Road (T-368) over Great Trough Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 18945

The New Fording Bridge is a pin connected Pratt pony truss built circa 1889. This single span bridge is 57' long and 11'8" wide.  It carries New Fording Road (T-368) over Great Trough Creek in Todd Township in Huntingdon County and 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 member end connections (pinned), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, outriggers, and lattice railing.  An unusual feature of this bridge is the star iron, also called cruciform, outriggers 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 or at (717) 346-0617 or Jeremy Ammerman of PennDOT District 9 at or at (717) 705-2667.