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Resevoir Road Bridge

Resevoir Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: January 7, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Resevoir Road Over East Branch Chester Creek
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
19 Feet (5.8 Meters)
Structure Length
21 Feet (6.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is one of Chester County's interesting bridges which feature a brick arch ring, but with stone spandrel walls. This example has been altered with a concrete and mortar which have obscured some of the interesting details of this bridge including the bricks. Regardless, the bridge remains far more attractive than any replacement bridge could ever hope to be.

The National Bridge Inventory listed a 1920 construction date for this bridge, which appears to be incorrect. The Historic Bridge Inventory suggests a ca. 1905 date.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The one-span, 21'-long, brick arch bridge has fieldstone spandrel walls and parapets. It is supported on stone abutments. The bridge arch ring, intrados, spandrel walls, and parapets have been pargetted with a thick coat of cementitous material. The original parapet coping has been lost and replaced by a thickly applied layer of cement (ca. 1980). The builder and date of construction are undocumented by available state and county records, but the bridge dates stylistically to ca. 1905 based on the 1901-1908 dates of construction of at least 9 identified brick arch bridges Chester County. There are approximately 25 brick arch highway bridges from about 1864 to 1908 in the state. Other less altered examples in the county and region better represent the technological and historical significance of brick arch bridges within the context of county-built bridge types. Two Chester County-built brick arch bridges have been National Register-listed as a result of the previous historic bridge survey (BMS# 15 4006 0060 1731, built in 1903; and, BMS# 15 4039 0020 0015, built in 1904).

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries 1 lane of a 2 lane road over a stream is in a residential setting of predominately mid to late-20th-century residences. At the bridge's southwest quadrant is a ca. 1960 residence. The other quadrants are open fields. The setting does not have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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