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​River Drive Bridge

(Schuylkill County Bridge No. 94)

  • Year Built: 1903
  • Type: Parker Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 152'
  • Width: 18'
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Location: West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County
  • Carried: River Drive (TR 706) over the Schuylkill River
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 30965

Built in 1903, the River Drive Bridge is a pin-connected Parker thru truss. This single-span bridge is 152' long and 18' wide with a vertical clearance of 18'6".  It is located in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, where it carried River Drive (TR 706) over the Schuylkill River until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2000. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss form (Parker thru), method of truss member end connection (pinned), structural members to include the top and bottom chord, vertical and diagonal members, sway bracing, features of the portal, and lattice railing. An unusual feature of this bridge is the eye bar lower chord is connected to the verticals by pin plates that are framed into the end 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 tyguyton@pa.govor at (717) 346-0617 or Kris Thompson of PennDOT District 5 at or at (610) 871-4459.