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​Red Mill Road Bridge

(Cambria County Bridge No. 1)

  • Year Built:  ca. 1895
  • Type:  Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans:  1
  • Length: 89'10"
  • Width: 14'0"
  • Builder: Variety Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Location: Blacklick Township, Cambria County
  • Carries: Red Mill Road (TR-459) over North Branch Blacklick Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 8736

The Red Mill Road Bridge is a pin connected Pratt thru truss built circa 1895 by the Variety Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio. This single span bridge is 89'10" long and 14' wide. It carries Red Mill Road (TR-459) over the North Branch Blacklick Creek in Blacklick Township in Cambria County and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss form (Pratt thru), method of truss connection (pinned), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, sway bracing and features of the portal.  Unusual features of this bridge include the U shaped floorbeam hangers, fishbelly floorbeams, and guide blocks for the truss lower chords at the outside lower panel points. 

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 Jeremy Ammerman of PennDOT District 9 at jerammerma@pa.gov or at (717) 705-2667.