This bridge is one of several bridges in Chester County noted for its handsome stone abutments (uncommon on 20th Century bridges) and also is noted for its unusual jack-arch deck. This bridge has lost its original railings but is otherwise unaltered. See the photo gallery for good photos of the jack arch deck.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 30'-long steel stringer bridge has concrete jack arch deck, stone abutments, and stone wingwalls surmounted by stone parapets. The original pipe railings have been removed and replaced by W-beam guide rails (ca. 1970). Built in 1916, the altered bridge is one of at least 14 steel stringer bridges with jack arch decks in Chester County. Concrete jarck arches were popular from the 1910s through the 1930s as an economical way of forming the deck and stiffening the bridge. Other similar examples have integrity of the original pipe railings or are located in historically distinguished settings.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural area with scattered 20th-century residences. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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