Johnstown has a few concrete arch bridges, but some have been altered and/or demolished. This bridge remains without any alterations, and as such should be singled out as historic and worthy of preservation with attention paid to retaining its historic integrity. It is an attractive and traditionally composed structure. It includes balustrade railings and plaques are present on the bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1922, two span, 225'-long, reinforced concrete deck arch bridge is supported on concrete abutments and a spalling concrete pier. The Neo-Classical-style concrete balustrades have an exposed aggregate finish. The bridge is an example of a common type and design that was used with great frequency since the first decade of the 20th century. It has no innovative details. Reinforced concrete deck arch bridges are well-represented in the district. A total of 64 remain, including 48 built prior to 1920. Earlier, more complete examples better represent the technology (e.g., 07 7403 8012 3083).
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries 3 lanes of traffic and 2 sidewalks over a river in a transition area between downtown and the Kernville section of Johnstown. The bridge is not within the Downtown Johnstown Historic District. The setting is characterized by post-WW II commercial development and loss due to demolition of residential structures. It does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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