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Blue Ball Road Bridge

Blue Ball Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: March 31, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Blue Ball Road (PA-2038) Over Little Muddy Creek
Rural: York County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Charles A. Williams of Jacobus, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
51 Feet (15.5 Meters)
Structure Length
51 Feet (15.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This small concrete arch bridge appears to have been built to a county design.

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Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 51'-long, reinforced concrete deck arch bridge built in 1914 is finished with spandrel walls and parapets with oversized panels. The reinforced concrete arch bridge technology was introduced in Pennsylvania during the first decade of the 20th century and after 1910 it was ubiquitous. Over 200 pre-1916 examples have been identified with more than 55 from before 1910. This example is one of at least 10 similar bridges in York County from 1910 to 1920. It is not individually distinguished, however, it is located in and dates from the period of significance of a potential rural historic district along the Little Muddy Creek valley. It is contributing.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The 1 lane bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a pristine rural area of active farms. At the southeast quadrant is a ca. 1800 banked stone farmhouse. The other quadrants are wooded. A reconnaissance level survey of the area along Little Muddy Creek valley in the vicinity of the bridge indicates that it has the significance and integrity of a potential rural historic district with traditional agricultural settlement patterns, farmsteads, and a mill (Grove Mill). The area is characterized by predominantly 19th to early 20th century buildings with integrity.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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