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Salford Station Road Bridge

   


Salford Station Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 30, 2010
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Salford Station Road (PA-1024) Over Perkiomen Creek
Location
Rural: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1933 By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
89 Feet (27.1 Meters)
Structure Length
270 Feet (82.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
19.7 Feet (6 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
46102400400000

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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge was demolished and replaced ca. 2012!

This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a riveted through plate girder. Pennsylvania built a large number of highway plate girders, more than many other states did. A problem with this is that because there are still a sizable number of examples remaining in the state today, the Historic Bridge Inventory used that as a reason to declare nearly all surviving plate girders as not historic. However, these bridges are being demolished at a rapid rate. The Salford Station Road Bridge is a good example, which sits closed awaiting demolition and replacement. Although this bridge is not an early example of its type, it is a multi-span example that retains excellent historic integrity. There also is a curved steel stringer bridge with concrete balustrade railings a short distance east of this bridge. That bridge is also slated for replacement. A few photos of the stringer are also in the photo gallery.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 3 span, 270'-long built-up thru girder bridge is simply supported on reinforced concrete piers and abutments. Rolled floorbeams and stringers support the reinforced concrete deck. The 1933 bridge is a late example of its type, and is neither historically nor technologically distinguished.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.

Information and Findings For Nearby Stringer Bridge From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 43'-long steel stringer bridge built in 1933 is supported on a concrete substructure and has standard concrete balustrades. An additional stringer was framed into the fascia stringer to the abutment to accommodate the roadway curvature. This is a common solution for bridges at intersections which was adapted for use here. It has no other innovative or distinguishing details and is an example of the most common, mid-20th century bridge type in the state. Neither the bridge nor its setting/context are historically or technologically noteworthy. It is one of over 4341 pre-1956 steel stringer bridges in Pennsylvania.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a forested setting with 20th century residential development nearby. The area does not appear to have historic district potential. No mill structures are clearly visible near the bridge.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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