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Friday, May 25, 2018

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An old Pratt through-truss span from the 1880s could be a really profitable investment! And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you outside of Pittsburgh. No, really.

It’s actually Washington County, Pennsylvania, that’s got the bridge, but the 1889 span is definitely for sale, via the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Cultural Resources Management Program. The county says the decorative elements on the bridge, built of iron with the Pratt design popular in the late 19th century, made it a historic structure, but the cost of rehabilitating it at this point would be too great.

Walker Hill Road Bridge

The Walker Hill Road Bridge, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, is for sale but will require $700,000 in work.

According to the Greensburg, Pennsylvania-based Tribune-Review, the county and PennDOT reached an agreement in which one of two historic bridges under its purview would be saved in a county park, and the other, the Walker Hill Road Bridge over Buffalo Creek, would be sold.

A deteriorating bridge isn’t likely to fetch a lot on the market—the Trib notes that they often sell for $1—but prospective buyers should be aware that the quaint old span will require about $700,000 in work in order to stay operational.

According to PennDOT, the bridge was built by the Penn Bridge Company, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a company that the Beaver County Times reports was founded in 1868 and built wrought-iron and steel bridges all over the country, as far west as Alaska, before going out of business in 1936.

According to its website, the state has nearly 40 bridges—most county-owned—for sale through the program, generally structures of significance from the late 19th and early 20th century.


Tagged categories: Bridges; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

Comment from john lienert, (5/25/2018, 7:49 AM)

some "old things" are just that.....maybe it's time for conversion to refrigerators

Comment from Peter Kenimer, (5/25/2018, 8:49 AM)

i think that these would make an awesome modern/rustic house! :)

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