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Broad Street Bridge

Broad Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 2, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Broad Street Over Monocacy Creek and Various Roads and Railroad
Bethlehem: Northampton County, Pennsylvania and Lehigh County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: Cramp and Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: L. A. Francisco

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
99 Feet (30.2 Meters)
Structure Length
431 Feet (131.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
41 Feet (12.5 Meters)
5 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This is a large, high level concrete arch bridge of early construction for its size.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 5 span, 431'-long, reinforced concrete arch bridge is supported by horizontally scored piers and finished with Neo-Classical style balustrades. The bridge reflects the tenets of the City Beautiful movement, and although it is contiguous to the Bethlehem Central Historic District, it was excluded from the district. The bridge is individually significant as a long, early, and very well detailed example of its bridge type, which was just starting to become commonly used in 1909. The bridge appears to be complete.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane street and sidewalks over a stream, a railroad line, a park that parallels the creek, and a city street in the central business district of Bethlehem. The bridge is north of but contiguous to the Bethlehem Central Historic District. It was clearly excluded from the original nomination and its later extension.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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