This is an attractive two span concrete deck arch bridge, whose most unusual and noteworthy feature is its beautiful railings. Two rows of pierced teardrop shapes and a single row of inset diamond shapes form an unusual but highly attractive lattice-like pattern on the railings of this bridge. The bridge retains good historic integrity, however the roadway is extremely busy carrying large volumes of traffic for a bridge with two travel lanes. As such, this historic bridge may be at risk for demolition.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1928, 2 span (2 @ 75'), reinforced concrete elliptical deck arch bridge with a concrete pier and abutments is finished with cantilevered deck sections and custom balustrades with tear drop- shaped openings flanking a diamond panel. The balustrades are a county design that was used on other arch bridges from the same period. This example is complete, but it is does not have long span lengths, and it is not an early example of its technology, which was common by 1910. The bridge is not historically or technologically significant. It is an example of a design that takes advantage of the moldable qualities of concrete.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane state road with 2 sidewalks over a stream in an area dominated by a mix of mid- to late-20th century commercial development in Morrisville. Two active tracks of the Monongahela Railroad cross SR 19 on an overpass approximately 200' west of the bridge. The area does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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