This is one of the oldest concrete girder bridges in Pennsylvania. Built in 1909, reinforced concrete was still the "new thing" in bridge construction. This bridge is an important early example of the concrete through girder and a surviving pre-1910 concrete bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 2 span, 76'-long, reinforced concrete thru girder bridge built in 1909 is supported on concrete pier and abutments with flared wingwalls surmounted by concrete parapets. The girders support floorbeams and a slab deck. Although the reinforced concrete thru girder bridge type was one of the least successful reinforced concrete bridge types developed during the first decade of the 20th century, it was used by a select number of Pennsylvania county engineers for the improvement of local roads and bridges. At least 24 of the 65 surviving examples from 1906 to 1930 in Pennsylvania are located in Lancaster County where its use was forwarded by County Engineer F. H. Shaw. This bridge is an early prototypical example by Shaw and contractor Andrew Buchanan of Chambersburg. The 1909 reinforced concrete thru girder bridge is historically and technologically distinguished as one of the two earliest extant examples of its type in the county and among the 5 oldest pre- 1910 examples in the state.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms and scattered late 20th century residences. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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