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Heffners Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: February 18, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Garman Road (TR-761) Over Sacony Creek
Rural: Berks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Climax Road Machine Company of Marathon, New York and Engineer/Design: Dreibelbis and Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
80 Feet (24.4 Meters)
Structure Length
81 Feet (24.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is a rare surviving example of a bridge built by the Climax Road Machine Company of Marathon, New York. This company appears to have been more noted for its manufacturing of equipment used to build roads and was likely not ever a major bridge builder. The substructure contractor for this bridge was Willauer Company. The bridge has been altered in some areas, notably with welded alterations on the bottom chord. Also, all the lateral bracing under the deck has been removed. Otherwise however, the bridge appears to be intact.

The Historic Bridge Inventory claims that the floor beams date to the 1956 alterations, however the floor beams have riveted details at the ends and appear to be original, so this statement appears to be in error.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 5-panel, pin-connected, 81'-long Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments. The trusses are traditionally composed, and they have no innovative or distinctive details. Instead of the U-shaped hanger, rolled section floorbeams are connected to the pins by riveted pin plates at the ends of the floorbeams. The detail is not uncommon for the period, and it is not innovative or distinctive. It is one of two similar bridges by the fabricator in the county (06 7215 0787 9467 dates to 1904). The bridge is a later example of its type, and it is not historically or technologically significant. County records state the bridge was "rebuilt" in 1956, and it appears that the floor beams and deck date to the rebuilding.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, wooded and agricultural setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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