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. The outside of the superstructure is also faced in concrete, which extends above the deck to hold the pipe railing system.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The one-span, 27'-long bridge is composed of concrete-encased rolled steel beam stringers. It has curb-mounted one-high rail pipe railings that extend over the fieldstone wingwalls. It is supported on stone abutments. The encasement has spalled from many of the beams and has extensive concrete repairs and patches. 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 technologically innovative or noteworthy details. It is one of over 740 surviving pre-1957 examples, with the oldest dating to about 1900, and more than 160 to before 1919. The bridge is not historically distinguished by its setting or context.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with woods at three of the four quadrants. At the southwest quadrant is a trailer home. The surrounding area has predominately scattered late 20th century residences with no feeling or cohesiveness of historic resources that would be associated with a potential rural historic district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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