PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge

This simple 55-foot concrete tee beam bridge (NBI 550985033026000) carries State Road 985 (Somerset Pike) over the north fork of Bens Creek downstream (east) of the North Fork Reservoir. It caught my eye because of its streamlined guard rail stanchions. Although the date on the bridge nameplate in 1953, the NBI indicates that the bridge was built in 1922, which might explain its vaguely Art Deco appearance. Alternatively, the stanchions may have been late Art Moderne additions during the renovation. I had a nice chat with a very friendly couple (Steve and Cathy) who were curious why I would be taking a picture of this nondescript bridge next to their house - which was hard to explain.

PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - Deck view from the southwest
11/05/2008 10:31:49
Deck view from the southwest
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - North guard rail
11/05/2008 10:32:08
North guard rail
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - Nameplate on south guard rail
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Nameplate on south guard rail
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - South guard rail
11/05/2008 10:59:44
South guard rail
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - View from the northeast
11/05/2008 11:00:09
View from the northeast
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - View from the northwest
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View from the northwest
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - Streamline stanchion detail
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Streamline stanchion detail
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - Twisted wrought iron balustrades for that 50's look
11/05/2008 11:01:11
Twisted wrought iron balustrades for that 50's look
PA 985 North Fork Bens Creek Bridge - North fork, Bens Creek
11/05/2008 11:01:17
North fork, Bens Creek

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