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Babtist Church Road Bridge

Babtist Church Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: October 10, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Babtist Church Road (TR-499) Over Pigeon Creek
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: John Parker Corcoran Construction Company of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Nathan R. Rambo

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Structure Length
35 Feet (10.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is one of a fair number of similar bridges in Chester County that are of unusual design. While not highly significant in terms of beauty or heritage value, they are unusual because they combine a traditional stone substructure with a cutting edge (for the period) reinforced concrete and steel superstructure. They appear to be confined to Chester County, having been designed by the county. The superstructure is a steel stringer bridge with a concrete deck. Stringers are encased in concrete using the jack-arch method, which was a method used briefly in the early 20th Century. The outside of the superstructure is also faced in concrete, which extends above the deck to hold the pipe railing system.

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Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 35'-long encased steel stringer bridge built in 1916 by the county has twohigh rail pipe railings, stone abutments, and stone wingwalls with parapets. The concrete encasement is spalled and cracked. Concrete encasement was favored in the state because it provided protection for the steel and eliminated the need to periodically paint the beams. A representative example of one of the most common, 20th-century bridge types and designs in the state, it has no innovative or distinguishing details. It is one of at least 630

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms and scattered 19th- to late-20th-century residences. At the bridge's northeast quadrant is a row of ranch and Colonial-Revival-style residences (ca. 1960). At the northwest quadrant is a field and modern dairy shed. To the southeast quadrant is a field and about 300' beyond a late-19thcentury farmhouse. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a potential historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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