Watts Mill Bridge

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Watts Mill Bridge
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Watts Mill Bridge in September 2008
Coordinates 40°47′26″N80°29′38″W / 40.79056°N 80.49389°W / 40.79056; -80.49389 Coordinates: 40°47′26″N80°29′38″W / 40.79056°N 80.49389°W / 40.79056; -80.49389
Carries Watts Mill Road
Crosses Little Beaver Creek
Locale Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States
Other name(s) Bridge in South Beaver Township
Maintained by PennDOT
NBI Number 044009006000000
Characteristics
Total length 109 ft (33 m) [1]
Width 12.5 ft (3.8 m) [1]
Load limit 14.5  t (16.0 short tons)
History
Constructed by West Penn Bridge Company
Built 1878
Bridge in South Beaver Township
Area less than one acre
Architect West Penn Bridge Co.
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
NRHP reference # 88000868 [2]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988
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Watts Mill Bridge
Location of the Watts Mill Bridge in Pennsylvania

The Watts Mill Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge located over the Little Beaver Creek in Cannelton, Pennsylvania, United States.

Truss bridge bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss

A truss bridge is a bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss, a structure of connected elements usually forming triangular units. The connected elements may be stressed from tension, compression, or sometimes both in response to dynamic loads. Truss bridges are one of the oldest types of modern bridges. The basic types of truss bridges shown in this article have simple designs which could be easily analyzed by 19th and early 20th-century engineers. A truss bridge is economical to construct because it uses materials efficiently.

Little Beaver Creek stream in Ohio

The Little Beaver Creek is a wild and scenic area in Ohio. The Little Beaver Creek watershed is located primarily in Columbiana County in eastern Ohio, and in portions of Carroll County, Mahoning County, and western Pennsylvania, draining approximately 605 mi² (1,567 km²), of which 503 mi² (1,303 km²) are in Ohio. The watershed in total size covers an area of approximately 510 square miles, with about 80% of this being situated in Ohio. The great majority land in the watershed is privately owned. Within the watershed are roughly 808 miles of linear streams.

Cannelton is an unincorporated community located in Darlington Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, about 3 miles west of Darlington. Settled in 1795, the Darlington Cannel Coal Railroad was built there starting in 1852 eventually connecting to the Pennsylvania Railroad in New Galilee, Pennsylvania. Cannelton derived its name from the cannel coal that was mined there beginning in 1838.

The bridge was constructed in 1878 by the West Penn Bridge Company, based in nearby Beaver Falls PA. The bridge is located in a valley approximately a quarter mile north of the North Country Trail. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. When the bridge was given this designation by the NRHP, it was simply known as the Bridge in South Beaver Township. It is the only bridge in Beaver County on the National Register for itself, [2] although the Bridgewater-Rochester Bridge over the Beaver River is part of the Bridgewater Historic District in Bridgewater to the south. [3]

North Country Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail, generally known as the North Country Trail or simply the N.C.T., is a footpath stretching approximately 4,600 miles (7,400 km) from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota in the United States. Passing through the seven states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, it is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. As of early 2019, 3,129 miles of the trail is in place.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

Beaver County, Pennsylvania County in the United States

Beaver County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539. Its county seat is Beaver. The county was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. It took its name from the Beaver River.

In 2004, the bridge, which was becoming rusty and falling into disrepair and considered for demolition by PennDOT, was placed on the Top Ten Best Historic Preservation Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh. No major renovations have been done to the bridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) oversees transportation issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The administrator of PennDOT is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, currently Leslie Richards. Presently, PennDOT supports over 40,500 miles (65,200 km) of state roads and highways, about 25,000 bridges, as well as new roadway construction, the exception being the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, although they currently follow PennDOT policies and procedures. In addition, other modes of transportation are supervised or supported by PennDOT. These include aviation, rail traffic, mass transit, intrastate highway shipping traffic, motor vehicle safety & licensing, and driver licensing. PennDOT also supports the Ports of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie. The current budget is approximately $3.8 billion in federal and state funds. The state budget is supported by the motor vehicle fuels tax which is dedicated solely to transportation issues.

See also

National Register of Historic Places listings in Beaver County, Pennsylvania Wikimedia list article

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

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References

  1. 1 2 Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory (2009). "Place Name: South Beaver (Township of), Pennsylvania NBI Structure Number: 044009006000000; Facility Carried: Watts Mill RD; Feature Intersected: Little Beaver Creek". Nationalbridges.com (Alexander Svirsky). Retrieved April 9, 2009.Note: this is a formatted scrape of the 2006 official website, which can be found here for Pennsylvania: "PA06.txt". Federal Highway Administration. 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  2. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  3. Buerkle, John, Jr., and Mike Eversmeyer. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Bridgewater Historic District. National Park Service, 1996-03-03, 5.