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Montebello Road Bridge

Montebello Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: June 11, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Montebello Road Over Little Juniata Creek
Rural: Perry County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
32 Feet (9.8 Meters)
Structure Length
34 Feet (10.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.4 Feet (4.39 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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The Historic Bridge Inventory condemns this beautiful masonry bridge with stone spandrel walls and brick ring as altered and points to a better example, but it turns out the better example is way over in Chester County. In Perry County this is an outstanding example of an uncommon bridge type. The Historic Bridge Inventory did not consider the bridge's local significance. Given the local rarity of the bridge design, and given that despite alteration the major original components of the bridge remain intact and correctly convey the original design, this bridge should be considered historic.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1-span, 34'-long brick arch bridge has fieldstone spandrel walls and parapets. Two sections of stone parapet have been lost and replaced with concrete. The spandrel walls and parapets have been inappropriately pargetted and repointed. The builder and date of construction are undocumented by available township records, but the bridge dates by style to ca. 1890. Brick arch highway bridges date primarily in the last quarter of the 19th century, and are not a common highway bridge type in Pennsylvania. This example, one of approximately 25 identified, has lost integrity of original design due to the pargetted and repaired spandrel walls and parapets. More complete examples of similar age and design better represent the technological significance of the bridge type (e.g. 15 4006 0060 1731).

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries one lane of traffic over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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