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Sheepford Road Bridge (Old Forge Bridge, York County Bridge No. 257 (Y-6)

  • Year Built: 1887
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 114'
  • Width: 13'1"
  • Builder: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, PA
  • Location: Fairview Township, York County
  • Carries: Sheepford Road (TR 968) over Yellow Breeches Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 38118

The Sheepford Road Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt thru truss constructed in 1887 by the Phoenix Bridge Company from Phoenixville, PA, an important bridge builder. This single-span bridge is 114' long and 13'1" wide with a vertical clearance of 15'.  It is located in Fairview Township, York County, where it carries Sheepford Road (TR 968) over Yellow Breeches Creek. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss material (wrought and cast iron), truss form (Pratt thru), and structural members to include the top and bottom chord, vertical and diagonal members, sway bracing, features of the portal and builder plaque.  Unusual features of this bridge include Phoenix columns and U-bolt floorbeam hangers. 

 ve 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 8 at jerammerma@pa.gov or at (717) 705 - 2667.