This bridge is a rare example of a multi-span concrete through girder. It is especially rare in Chester County, which did not build many bridges of this type. The claim by the Historic Bridge Inventory that 65 examples of this bridge type remain in Pennsylvania is outdated.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 3-span, 136'-long, reinforced concrete thru girder bridge built in 1926 is supported on concrete piers and abutments. The unadorned girders serve as the bridge's parapets and support an integral slab deck. The reinforced concrete thru girder bridge type and design was developed during the first decade of the 20th century, but never proved as successful as other reinforced concrete bridge types such as slabs and T beams. Reinforced concrete thru girder bridges were popular with some county engineers for short periods of time, but they were never widely used or favored by Chester County engineers. It is not a historically important bridge type in the Chester County context. Over 65 examples from 1906 to the late 1920s have been identified in the state. This 1926 example is a later example of the technology and it has no noteworthy features. It is not historically distinguished by its technology, setting or context.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a forested setting. The setting does not appear to have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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