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Smith's Bridge

Valley Creek Road Bridge

Smith's Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: January 19, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Valley Creek Road (PA-3061) Over Valley Creek
Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Harry K. Ellis
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
18.0 Feet (5.5 Meters)
Structure Length
44.0 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.7 Feet (5.7 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
10531

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This bridge is an unaltered example of a county designed concrete slab bridge. It has paneled railings and includes a bronze plaque. The bridge was found to be non-contributing structure of a Historic District because it was built after the period of significance. This may be the case, but its also worth noting that a nice looking 1920s bridge still will blend in with a Historic District a lot better than a modern replacement bridge would. Thus, even non-contributing bridges that are older and nicer looking than modern bridges should still be considered for preservation simply because they harmonize with the Historic District better even if they don't officially contribute.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 2 span, reinforced concrete slab bridge built in 1923 has paneled parapets and is supported on a concrete substructure. It is an example of a very common bridge type that was used with great frequency from the late 1910s through the 1950s. It is one of over 750

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in an 18th and 19th century rural setting. The bridge is in the National Register listed Paradise Valley Historic District (12/24/92). The district's period of significance is from 1700 to 1899. Early-20th century residences are rated noncontributing.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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