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Doe Run Church Road Bridge

Doe Run Church Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Doe Run Church Road Over Buck Run
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Whitaker and Diehl of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Nathan R. Rambo

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
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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. The contrast is enhanced at this bridge with a stone arch approach span that serves as an overflow conduit. While plate girder bridges may be somewhat common in Pennsylvania, this bridge stands out as unusual with this approach span. It is one of the best examples of the county's use of plate girder technology. The incorporation of the stone arch span is a reminder of county engineer Nathan Rambo's affinity for the stone arch even in a period where this bridge type was not being built anymore in most places.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 2 span, 53'-long bridge, built in 1914, consists an approximately 48'-long steel thru girder span with rolled floorbeams and open steel grid deck over the stream with 5'-long stone arch overflow span. The bridge is supported on a stone substructure. Fieldstone wingwalls with parapets enclose the approach roadways. Incorporated with the northeast wingwall is the short stone arch overflow span. Thru girder bridges are a very common bridge type in widespread use from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. This example has no technologically unusual or noteworthy features, and incorporates details, such as the stone arch overflow span and wingwalls, that are very typical of bridges designed by Chester County Engineer Nathan R. Rambo from 1899 to 1922. The bridge is not significant in the state context, and earlier prototypical examples have been chosen to represent the bridge type's significance in the county context. The bridge is not historically significant in association with its setting.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural area with scattered late-18th to late-20th-century residences and farm outbuildings.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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