This bridge looks just like a stone arch bridge to casual viewers. However, it is a concrete arch bridge with stone facing. This was done in the earlier years of concrete because people were familiar with the aesthetic qualities of stone, and concrete was unfamiliar and the ways that concrete could be architecturally detailed on its own were not yet fully realized. The stone may also offer the concrete some protection from flood damage. With a ca. 1920 construction date, this bridge is a late example of this bridge design. However, the bridge appears to retain excellent historic integrity.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The single span, 21'-long, reinforced concrete arch has stone veneer spandrel walls, stone voussoirs, stone parapets, and concrete abutments and stone wingwalls. In ca. 1993, new concrete curtain walls were added at each abutment. The bridge built in ca. 1920 is not a technologically significant example of its type and design. The application of stone veneers to concrete arch bridges is common. Earlier and longer span examples of this design of bridge have been identified in the county, many with more historically significant settings and contexts.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in suburban setting of post-World War II residences. The area does not appear to have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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