The final bridge on the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour is the Kreidersville Bridge. Built in 1839, it is the oldest bridge in the region and is the only remaining bridge in Northampton County. The 116 foot Burr Truss bridge crosses Hokendauqua Creek and is only accessible by pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Kreidersville Covered Bridge is a very important part of the local community. The bridge was the last of three covered bridge standing in the late 1950s. The bridge was slated for demolition by the state until a group of local residents and preservationists fought to keep the bridge standing. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the annual Kreidersville Covered Bridge Festival and a 5 & 10k race that helps to fund bridge preservation projects.
Along PA 221 in rural Western
Washington County sits the Sawhill Bridge. This 100 year old structure
sits quietly in one of Western PA's most remote areas. The Sawhill
Bridge was heavily damaged from the remnants of 2004's Hurricane
Ivan causing it to lean and making it impassable.
A nearly $500,000 reconstruction project occurred in 2005 that rebuilt the entire bridge
from its foundation. (1)
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-63-34 Design: Single Queen Truss Length: 57' Crosses: Buffalo Creek Built: 1915
The Wright or Cerl Bridge
is one of the 23 covered bridges that can be found in Washington County.
This bridge can easily be viewed from Interstate 70 near Kammerer.
The 24' single span King Truss bridge carries Sumney or Ridge Road over the North
Branch of Pigeon Creek. Although the date of original construction
is unknown (estimated time period 1875-1899), the bridge was placed on
the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was restored in 1998-99.
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-63-30 Design: Single King Truss Length: 24' Crosses: North Branch Pigeon Creek
Directions: Exit 31 I-70, turn South. Take immediate right
onto School Road. Follow School Road for approximately 0.7 miles.
Turn right onto Short Cut Road. Continue straight onto Ridge Road to Bridge. Please note that Ridge Road no longer crosses Interstate 70.
The Bells Mills
Covered Bridge crosses Big Sewickley Creek just outside of the village
of Yukon in Westmoreland County. The over 150 year old Burr Truss
bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in Westmoreland County.
Yes, there are still some private bridges but most of those have been built
in the last 30 years; however, the Bells Mills bridge is the last of its
kind within the county.
The bridge was designed and built in
1850 by Daniel McCain. The bridge was damaged in 1975 due to flooding along the Big Sewickley. It was during the post-flood rebuilding of the Bells Mills Bridge that its color went from white to red. The bridge was rededicated by Westmoreland County in 1976. The Bells Mills Bridge was placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1979. The bridge was completely restored by the
county in 1988.
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-65-01 Design: Single Burr Arch Length: 104 feet Crosses: Big Sewickley Creek Built: 1850