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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