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Y
ork Haven Road Bridge

  • Year Built: 1888
  • Type: Pennsylvania Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 1
  • Length: 295'
  • Width: 13'2"
  • Builder: Wrought Iron Bridge Company from Canton, Ohio
  • Location: Newberry Township, York County
  • Carried: York Haven Road over Conewago Creek
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 37504

Built in 1888 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, the York Haven Road Bridge is the earliest extant example of a Pennsylvania thru truss in the state.  The top chord and end post of the bridge are comprised of five slopes making it a rare Camelback Pennsylvanian truss.  This single-span bridge is 295' long and 13'2" wide with a vertical clearance of 13'6". It is located in Newberry Township, York County, where it carried York Haven Road over the Conewago Creek until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1983.  This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss form (Pennsylvania thru), method of truss member end connection (pinned), structural members to include the top and bottom chord, vertical and diagonal members, sway and lateral bracing, features of the portal, and builder plaques.  An unusual feature of the bridge is that the bottom chord on some panels are composed of both eyebars and built-up beams, therefore incorporating both compression and tension members on the same part of the truss.

To preserve this historic structure, ownership of the bridge will be transferred in its entirety to an interested party for its removal to a new location. The new owner will be responsible for costs associated with lifting, dismantling, transporting, rehabilitating, re-erecting, as well as long-term maintenance of the structure. If your organization is interested in assuming ownership of this historic bridge, please contact Tyra Guyton 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.