Starrucca Creek Bridge

    Starrucca Creek Bridge

    The Starrucca Creek Bridge, a unique quadrangular lattice through truss, was erected over Starrucca Creek on the Delaware & Hudson Railroad in northeast Pennsylvania.

    The Jefferson Railroad, chartered in 1864 with the goal of constructing a line between Carbondale, Pennsylvania . 1 The line was financed and constructed by the Erie Railroad in 1869-72. The Delaware & Hudson Railway (D&H) gained trackage rights over the route as an important connection to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, later becoming part of their Penn Division.

    The bridge over Starrucca Creek was replaced in 1904 with a quadrangle lattice through truss. A parallel plate girder bridge was added in 1929.

    In the early 1980s, the D&H purchased the former Erie Lackawanna Scranton to Binghamton mainline and diverted all through traffic off of the Penn Division between Carbondale and Brandt just east of Lanesboro in 1982. 1

    The abandoned c. 1904 Starrucca Creek Bridge was renovated for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horseback riders along the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail in 2019-20. The project was funded by the PA Recreational Trails Program, Federal Highway Administration and the state Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. 2


    • State: Pennsylvania
    • Route: Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail
    • Type: Quadrangle Lattice Through Truss
    • Status: Active - Pedestrian


    1. Starrucca Viaduct.”, 2020.
    2. Interpretative signage.

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