This arch bridge is extremely simple and very plain in appearance with no aesthetic detailing whatsoever. It has solid concrete parapets for railing. The only non-functional aspect is the name of the contractor and the construction date cast into the concrete of the parapet. However, despite its lacking visual quality, the bridge is historically significant as a very early concrete arch bridge with a 1910 construction date. It is possible that the bridge's simple appearance speaks to how old the bridge is. In 1910, many engineers and contractors were still experimenting learning about the use of reinforced concrete as a bridge-building material. Thus, they may have been more focused on actually building the bridge correctly and less concerned with embellishment.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The single span, 48'-long and 20' wide reinforced deck arch bridge built in 1910 by the county has plain spandrel walls and concrete parapets. It ranks as one of the earliest examples of the technology in region and is thus technologically significant. Reinforced concrete arch bridges came to the fore in Pennsylvania after 1905. The name of the contractor is cast into the roadway face of the parapets.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural area with scattered 20th century residences. Nearly all of the buildings have significant alterations, and the area does not have historic district potential.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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