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Dutton Mill Road Bridge

Dutton Mill Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: January 7, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dutton Mill Road Over Ridley Creek
Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
27.0 Feet (8.2 Meters)
Structure Length
32.2 Feet (9.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.4 Feet (5.61 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
15701504820157

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This bridge is one of several bridges in Chester County that combine traditional stone technology with period reinforced concrete technology. Here, a concrete t-beam rests on stone abutments with stone parapets that rise to the height of the metal pipe railings found on the superstructure. This combination of technologies, while not uncommon in Chester County, is unusual elsewhere in the country.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 32'-long, T beam bridge built in 1922 by the county is supported on stone abutments with concrete caps. The bridge is finished with two-rail high pipe railings. The stone wingwalls have sloped stone parapets. The bridge is an example of a common type and design with no innovative or distinguishing details. T beam bridges were first used in Pennsylvania during the first decade of the 20th century and were ubiquitous by the 1920s. The economy of design made T beams one of the most popular bridge types in the state with over 2,300 examples identified from before 1957. The bridge is not historically distinguished by its technology, setting or context. It is not located in a potential historic district.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a two-lane road over a stream in a setting of scattered residences. At the bridge's northeast quadrant is a late-19th-century vernacular frame residence with a large rear addition, at the northwest quadrant is a large modern two-car detached garage and a stone residence with a "1752" plaque, at the southwest quadrant is a post-WWII Colonial Revival-style house, and at the southeast quadrant is a late-20th-century subdivision. Although the road is called Dutton Mill Road, no above ground evidence of raceways or mill buildings exist any longer in the vicinity of the bridge. The setting does not have historic district potential due to lack of overall integrity and cohesiveness of resources, although some select resources may have individual significance.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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