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Leesport Bridge

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Leesport Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: May 30, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wall Street (PA-1003) Over Schuylkill River
Location
Leesport: Berks County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Whitaker and Diehl of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1955
Main Span Length
67 Feet (20 Meters)
Structure Length
213 Feet (65 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6100300300999

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a concrete arch bridge. However, the metal pole railings with a combination of metal and concrete posts are relatively uncommon since the majority of concrete arch bridges in Pennsylvania have a concrete balustrade railing of some sort. Aside from the addition of a cantilevered sidewalk to one side of the bridge the structure retains good historic integrity. Although the majority of the original light posts have been lost, the ornately decorated bases of them remain on the railing posts.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 3-span, 213'-long reinforced concrete deck arch bridge was built in 1915 by a prolific reinforced concrete bridge fabricator. It is finished with pipe railings with concrete posts. A cantilevered sidewalk with a metal mesh railing was added to the downstream side in 1955. The bridge is not an early or distinguished example of its technology, and it has been altered by the addition of the modern sidewalk. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane state highway and a cantilevered sidewalk (not original) over a river in the Borough of Leesport. Modern development dominates the east side, and the west side has altered 19th and 20th century vernacular houses. There is a narrow greenway along the west bank of the river. The area does not have the consistency or cohesiveness to be a potential historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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