This bridge is an impressive concrete deck arch bridge with attractive ornamental details. The bridge has one approach span at each end which were originally t-beam spans but are today pre-stressed concrete spread box beams.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 3 span bridge consists of a 250'-long open spandrel ribbed arch span and two 93'-long T beam approach spans. The bridge is finished with concrete balustrades and has ornamental concrete light standards. The T beam approach spans have arched fascia beams. The 1927-28 bridge, designed by county engineer George Wright, is a complete, large, handsome, and good period example of its type and design. Compared to other open spandrel arch bridges in the county and southeastern Pennsylvania region, it has handsome proportions that complement its setting in a small suburban park. The arch span is offset by the 93'-long T beam approach spans that are among the longest identified by the survey. The bridge is dedicated to Charles A. Lindbergh's 1927 transatlantic flight and has a commemorative plaque depicting the "Spirit of St. Louis" airplane.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane street and sidewalks over a stream and valley that are located in Kent Park, a small municipal greenspace with playing fields on the boundary of Lansdowne Township and Clifton Heights Borough. At the southern end of the bridge, Marple Avenue intersect the Baltimore Pike in an area of mid- to late-20th-century commercial and residential development. At the northern end of the bridge is a residential area with a mix of early to late-20th-century single-family residences, rowhouses, and modern apartment buildings. The bridge is not within a potential historic district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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