Rehabilitating and Resetting: Hull Drive Bridge

York County Bridge No. 226 - Hull Drive Bridge

Exceptional design.

Extraordinary service.

Built in 1896 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, this two-span bridge crossing the Bermudian Creek is historically significant for York County.  The Hull Drive bridge is two trusses back-to-back -- a pony truss and a through-truss -- that was once used as a crossing for horse and buggies.  It has unique features that demonstrate not only its era but also the Wrought Iron Bridge Company's signature bridge designs.  Some of these features include the "Beaded T" bars used in the lattice uprights and its pin connection assembly. 

Today, the Hull Drive Bridge provides a safe crossing for local traffic in York County. However, after one of the diagonal members on the bridge was at risk of collapse, potentially due to overweight vehicles crossing it, it had to be repaired.

Cranes are used to lift the trusses back into place

How did they do it?

To repair this bridge, crews lifted both trusses off their supports in the spring of 2019, so they could fix the cracks and paint the bridge more easily.  After several months, the trusses were ready to be put back into place.  Crews guided the placement of the trusses as several cranes lifted the trusses again onto their foundations.

Now that the bridge has been reset, it is expected to reopen in the spring of 2020 once paving has been completed.  Even after these repairs, the bridge still retains its historical accuracy.

 

Source: York Daily Record

Watch it in action

Follow the process the crews took to put the bridge back together with drone footage and a time-lapse video taken during the bridge reset.

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