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Valley Creek Tunnels

   


Valley Creek Tunnels

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: March 25, 2011 and April 29, 2011
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Key Facts

Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Structure Type
Stone Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This is a truly bizarre structure. It is technically a set of tunnels, but it is of interest because of its unusual design, and because it functions like a bridge, carrying the railroad over a road and creek. It also is constructed like a stone arch bridge. The tunnels were built as a replacement for a high level bridge. It likely dates to ca. 1905-1910 during part of a major bridge replacement campaign the railroad embarked on during that time. It is designed as three tunnels side by side. The Valley Creek Road tunnel is two separate sections with a 30 degree turn in the middle. At this 30 degree turn, their is a tiny gap, making this technically two separate tunnels. Daylight is visible in this gap. The Valley Creek part of this structure consists of two tunnels side by side. One carries the creek at all times, while the other is an overflow for during floods. At the northern end of the tunnel, the two creek tunnels and the one road tunnel share the a common portal wall, with three arched openings, side by side. The portal wall is concrete and the wingwalls are stone. At the south end, the road portal stands on its own, and is composed of stone. The creek tunnels are located off to the side a short distance and the two tunnels share a portal wall that is completely separate of the road portal wall, and also located lower than the road portal. At the south end, all portal walls are completely built of stone.

 

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