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​Walp Road Bridge

(Luzerne County Bridge No. 57312)

  • Year Built:  1915
  • Type:  Pratt Pony Truss
  • Number of Spans:  1
  • Length: 62'
  • Width: 16'4"
  • Builder: Phoenix Bridge Company, Phoenixville, PA, Dean & Westbrook, New York
  • Location: Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County
  • Carries: Walp Road (T-342) over Nescopeck Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 24446

The Walp Road Bridge is a pin connected Pratt pony truss built in 1915 by Dean and Westbrook, agents for the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, PA. This single-span bridge is 62' long and 16'4" wide and is located in Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County, where it carries Walp Road (T-342) over Nescopeck 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 iron), truss form (Pratt pony), method of truss connection (pinned), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members. Unusual features of this bridge include Phoenix column truss members and bottom chords located below 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.gov or at (717) 346-0617 or Heather Gerling of PennDOT District 4 at hgerling@pa.gov or at (570) 368-4414.