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Camp Wawa Road Bridge

Camp Wawa Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Camp Wawa Road Over East Branch Perkiomen Creek
Location
Lower Salford Township: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1892 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1987
Main Span Length
75 Feet (23 Meters)
Structure Length
158 Feet (48 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
27915

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge stands out as an uncommon example of a multi-span pin-connected pony truss. The endposts have welded alterations, and the outriggers are not original to the bridge.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 2-span, 158' long pin connected Pratt pony truss bridge is supported on a stone substructure. The trusses are traditionally composed with built up box section upper chords and inclined end posts. The verticals are angles with lacing on the upper portions and stay plates on the lower part. The diagonals and lower chords are eye bars. The trusses have been altered. Cover plates have been welded to the end posts and upper chords, and outriggers have added as have welded substruts in the outside panels. The plaque dates the substructure to 1892, and it is assumed that the pin connected truss bridge is contemporary with the substructure. Another plaque states that the bridge was rehabilitated in 1987 by the county. The altered bridge has no innovative or distinctive details, and it represents the standardization of the type and design that is typical of the 1890s. It is not historically and technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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