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Creek Road Bridge

Creek Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: April 28, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Creek Road (Steelville Mill Road) Over East Octoraro Creek
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: Andrew Buchanan of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
38 Feet (11.6 Meters)
Structure Length
76 Feet (23.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
19.4 Feet (5.91 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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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.

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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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