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Downlin Forge Road Bridge

Downlin Forge Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: February 10, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Downlin Forge Road (PA-4004) Over East Branch Brandywine Creek
Location
Rural: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1941 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15 Meters)
Structure Length
103 Feet (31 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
10587

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This bridge is a state standard steel stringer bridge. It retains its original standard balustrade railings which survive in good condition.

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Discussion of Bridge

The 2-span, 100'-long, steel stringer bridge has concrete balustrades, concrete deck, rolled steel beam stringers with welded crossbracing, concrete pier, and concrete abutments with wingwalls. The bridge built in 1941 is a standard state highway department design developed for use on rural roads in the early 1930s. It has no innovative or distinguishing details and is an example of the most common, mid-20th century bridge type in the state. The bridge is not technologically noteworthy. Although the setting may have rural historic district potential, the bridge constructed in 1941 was not built during rural Chester County's 18th- to early-20th century period of significance, and would thus be rated noncontributing.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms and scattered residences. A late-18th-century vernacular stone farm house is visible at one end of the bridge, suggesting the area may have rural historic district potential.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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