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County Park Road Bridge

County Park Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: November 12, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
County Park Road Over French Creek
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Morris Knauer and Engineer/Design: Nathan R. Rambo

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Structure Length
88 Feet (26.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is one of a few bridges in Chester County that combine stone arch spans with plate girder spans. This bridge has excellent historic integrity and is a good example of this otherwise unusual union of two bridge types.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 3 span, 54'-long bridge built in 1915 consists of an approximately 44'-long steel thru girder span with rolled floorbeams and open steel grid deck over the stream flanked by 5'- long stone arch overflow spans. The bridge is supported on a stone substructure. Fieldstone wingwalls with parapets enclose the approach roadways. Incorporated with the wingwalls are the short stone arch overflow spans. Thru girder bridges are a very common bridge type in widespread use from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. This example has no technologically unusual or noteworthy features, and incorporates details, such as the stone arch overflow spans and wingwalls, that are very typical of bridges designed by Chester County Engineer Nathan R. Rambo from 1899 to 1922. The bridge is not significant in the state context, and earlier prototypical examples have been chosen to represent the bridge type's significance in the county context. The bridge is not historically significant in association with its setting.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed setting adjacent to Warwick County Park, a recreational greenspace with playground and nature trails. No buildings are adjacent to the bridge. The road serves as a park access road, but is on an older right-of-way in existence before the park.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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