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Barto Bridge

Barto Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 30, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old PA-100 (PA-2069) Over West Branch Perkiomen Creek
Location
Barto: Berks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: Willauer and Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
82 Feet (24.99 Meters)
Structure Length
82 Feet (24.99 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6206901101649

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This small but attractive concrete arch bridge is considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on account of its relatively early construction date and good historic integrity which includes original railings and a marble plaque.

This bridge has a deck with a heavy camber that compliments the contours of the arch and adds to the aesthetic quality of the bridge. The ends of the railings are slightly flared as well, another visually pleasing aspect of the bridge.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 82'-long reinforced concrete deck arch bridge was designed and built by the county in 1908. It is finished with concrete parapets with incised panels that continue atop the wingwalls. It is an example of a type and design that was used by the county by at least 1907 and is one of 25 deck arch bridges dating from between 1902 and 1935 in Berks County. The bridge appears to be complete, and it is historically and technologically significant within the local context based on its completeness, length, and date of construction. One section of the parapet has been lost as a result of impact damage.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting with modern houses. The area does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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