Snowplow Slips Across ‘Deficient’ Bridge Just Prior to Collapse
Joe Brett
T he 116-year-old Dysart Bridge in central Pennsylvania collapsed on Dec. 6 just after a state plow truck crossed it. The 103-ft-long truss carried State Road 1012 over Clearfield Creek and averaged about 270 cars a day. No one was hurt. The Dysart bridge appeared on a list of structurally deficient bridges released by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation three months ago. “Obviously, it was on our radar screen,” says Thomas Prestash, Penn DOT district engineer. PennDOT already had plans for a new structure to be built in 2009. Plans will be accelerated.