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Downingtown Bridge

Downingtown Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: April 20, 2011

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Key Facts

Downingtown: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: Hoover Construction Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Pennsylvania State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Structure Length
175 Feet (53 Meters)
Roadway Width
38 Feet (11.58 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a beautiful stone arch bridge, composed of four short spans. Its beauty is greatly enhanced by the fact that it retains original balustrade railing.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 4 span, 175'-long, elliptical reinforced concrete arch bridge is on the middle of the boundary of the East Lancaster Avenue Historic District. Although the bridge was not rated in the National Register nomination, the bridge contributes to its historic setting and is recommended eligible as a contributing resource. The bridge was built in 1921 during the district's period of significance and is historically associated with the Lincoln Highway, which is mentioned in the district nomination for its impact on the town's transportation and commercial history. The bridge, designed by the state highway department, is finished with concrete balustrades with urn-shaped balusters. Concrete brackets support the cantilevered sidewalks. The bridge is supported on bullnosed concrete piers and concrete abutments. The bridge has good integrity of design.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 3 lane road and 2 sidewalks over the East Branch of Brandywine Creek in downtown Downingtown. The middle of the river is the west boundary of the East Lancaster Avenue Historic District. The district's period of significance is from 1800 to 1929. The historic themes include transportation, architecture and commerce. The road is old US 30, the Lincoln Highway, established in 1915 as an important cross-state automobile tourist trail.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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