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W
itherspoon Road Bridge (Raccoon Creek Bridge No. 5)

  • Year Built: 1894
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 96'6"
  • Width: 14'
  • Builder: Nelson & Buchanan of Chambersburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Location: Hanover Township, Washington County
  • Carries: Witherspoon Road (TR 861) over Raccoon Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: No
  • BRKey: 35296

Built in 1894, the Witherspoon Road Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt thru truss attributed to Nelson & Buchanan, an important Pennsylvania bridge builder. This single-span bridge is 96'6" long and 14' wide with a vertical clearance of 11'9".  It is located in Hanover Township, Washington County, where it carries Witherspoon Road (TR 861) over Raccoon Creek. This bridge 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 member end connection (pinned), and structural members to include the top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, sway bracing, features of the portal, and  lattice railing.

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 David Anthony at davanthony@pa.gov or at (412) 429-4861.