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Baltimore Street Bridge

Baltimore Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: March 31, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Baltimore Street (TR-431) Over South Branch Codorus Creek
Rural: York County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: York Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
32 Feet (9.8 Meters)
Structure Length
34 Feet (10.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This small concrete through girder is one of the oldest of its kind and has good historic integrity.

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Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 34'-long, reinforced concrete thru girder bridge built in 1909 is supported on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The paneled girders also serve as the parapets. The bridge has transverse floorbeams, a longitudinal beam at the center line, and a concrete deck. Like other reinforced concrete bridge types, such as T beams and slabs, thru girder bridges appeared during the first decade of the 20th century. They were one of the least successful of the standardized types mainly because they proved less economical than T beam bridges for the same span lengths and were limited to relatively narrow roadway widths. In Pennsylvania, the type was never widely popular, and it was used mainly in a small number of counties. This example is one of the oldest and most complete examples in southeastern Pennsylvania (PADOT Districts 6 & 8) , and one of the two oldest identified examples from 1909-1910 in York County. It is historically and technologically significant as an early application of the technology.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 1 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with scattered 19th to late 20th century residences, approximately 1/4 mile southwest of the rural village of Seitzland. Fields or woods are to each of the quadrants. The road is closed to traffic with an earth barrier. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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