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. This bridge does not display any remarkable features among the surviving plate girder bridges in the county, but it is unaltered and in good condition.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The one-span, 48'-long, steel thru girder bridge is supported on stone abutments. Built-up girders support rolled floorbeams and a concrete slab deck. One-high rail pipe hand railings are bolted to the top flange of the built-up girders. Fieldstone wingwalls with parapets enclose the approach roadways. According to county records, the bridge is a standard steel thru girder bridge built by the county as a routine bridge replacement project. It is a historically and technologically undistinguished example of a very common bridge type. It has no unusual or individually significant features. It is not located adjacent to the NReligible Runnymeade Farm complex. Based on the bridge's 20th-century date of construction and history as a replacement structure on a preexisting road, the bridge does not have a significant historic association with the farm, which is significant for its 18th- and 19th-century buildings and association with pre-1900 agricultural land uses and settlement patterns.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting of active farms and scattered late-20th-century residences. Fields are to each of the bridge's quadrants. At the northwest corner is an iron gate and farm lane to the Runnymeade Farm. The 18th- and 19th-century farm complex has been determined eligible by PHMC (1/9/1985).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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