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Hadfield Road Bridge

Hadfield Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: June 30, 1905

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Hadfield Road Over Beaver Creek
Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Dunleavy Brothers of Coatesville, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Nathan R. Rambo

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13.41 Meters)
Structure Length
47 Feet (14.33 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
15701504150244

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This bridge is one of several surviving plate girder highway bridges in Chester County. A number of these bridges, including this one, stand out for their use of handsome stone abutments, an interesting contrast to the simple riveted plate girder superstructure. In the case of this bridge, the extensive stone abutments dwarf the bridge itself. The plate girder has a plaque attached to it, and while a builder name is not visible, the design of the plaque including the design for the bolt attachment and the border around the edge of the plaque is a design used by the American Bridge Company.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 47'-long, thru girder bridge built in 1913 is supported on stone abutments. The wingwalls have stone parapets and the built-up girders have pipe hand railings. The bridge with floorbeams has a concrete deck. It is one of over 420 pre-1956 thru girders in the state. More historically distinguished examples of the bridge type and design have been identified in Chester County. The built-up thru girder type and design has been in widespread use since the mid-19th century. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area with open fields, forested lots, and scattered 20th-century residences. A ranch house (ca. 1960) is at one quadrant of the bridge. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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