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Lafayette Road Bridge

Lafayette Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Lafayette Road (TR-437) Over West Branch Brandywine Creek
Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: George Dole of Wilmington, Delaware and Engineer/Design: Nathan R. Rambo

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
49 Feet (15 Meters)
Structure Length
54 Feet (16 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
15701504370254

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Bridge Documentation

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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. Bridges like this one are among the more attractive examples of an otherwise generally utilitarian bridge type.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 54'-long, steel thru girder bridge built in 1914 is supported on stone abutments with wingwalls. The bridge has pipe railings attached to the top flanges of the girders. Stone parapets enclose the approaches. It is an example of a common type and design that has been in widespread use for railroad applications since the mid-19th century and for highway applications since at least 1900. It has no innovative or distinguishing details. Earlier and more distinguished examples have been identified in the county and state contexts. Based on its date of construction, the 1914 bridge does not have a significant historic association with the 19th-century farm that is located to its northwest. The bridge is not historically distinguished by its setting.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream. All of the bridge's quadrants are wooded. Approximately 400' to the northwest is a vernacular stone farmhouse (ca. 1800) with barn. Although the farmstead appears to retain its 19th-century appearance, the surrounding area is dominated by late-20th-century subdivisions and does not have the character or cohesiveness of a potential rural historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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