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Rehabilitated Historic Silver Bridge near Jersey Shore Opens to Traffic
By RICK MASON, penndot
December 9, 2011
Montoursville - Following a three-year restoration project, the historic Silver Bridge carrying River Road over Pine Creek near Jersey Shore is reopened to traffic.
Prior to its closure in 2007 and subsequent removal for rehabilitation, the bridge was weight-restricted with a 7-ton limit. The rehabilitated lenticular truss is capable of carrying legal-sized loads.
This past July, prime contractor J. D. Eckman, Inc. used several large cranes to maneuver the two rehabilitated truss halves as they were returned to their original places on refurbished abutments.
Construction of this $5.5 million project began in late 2008. The truss was completely disassembled. The restoration included repairs to some structural members or fabrication of replacement sections for members beyond repair. The decorative castings and latticework that had been removed or damaged over the years were replaced. The bridge was repainted its original silver color. The roadway approaches have been eased to provide better sight distance at each end.
The Silver Bridge was originally made from wrought iron and built in 1890 at a cost of $14,480. Two predecessors built on this site were covered wooden bridges.
The term lenticular refers to the lens-shaped truss that was patented by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company's forerunner in 1878.
This is one of only five bridges of this design remaining in Pennsylvania.