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Morrisville Bridge

Morrisville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Jefferson Road (PA-188) Over South Fork Tenmile Creek
Location
Morrisville: Greene County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: E. B. and B. F. Lippincott and Engineer/Design: T. B. Dinsmore

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
132 Feet (40.23 Meters)
Structure Length
192 Feet (58.52 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
300188002007530

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This bridge no longer exists!

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This historic bridge was demolished by PennDOT in 2009!

This bridge was an uncommon but beautiful example of a smaller scale open-spandrel concrete deck arch bridge. It retained good historic integrity, including original railings that curled around the abutments at the ends. An original marble plaque remained on the bridge as well.

Greene County, Pennsylvania is a location where a serious hypocrisy is observed. While numerous wooden covered bridges have been preserved in the county, other historic bridge types are not preserved, such as this unusual small-scale open-spandrel concrete deck arch bridge which since 1984 was officially declared eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. While narrow, functionally obsolete wooden covered bridges are maintained for vehicular traffic in the county, this graceful historic concrete arch bridge was demolished upon completion of its gut-wrenching, ugly replacement slab even though it was not in the way of this new bridge nor the realigned roadway. The bridge could have and should have been left standing closed to all traffic as a historic landmark.

 HistoricBridges.org is proud to return the lack of kindness that government agencies have shown toward all non-covered historic bridges by continuing a policy that this website has held since the day it was founded which is to not include any covered bridges on the website. Instead, a complete photo-documentation of the historic arch bridge is offered in the photo gallery for this bridge.

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