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Oak Forest Road Bridge

Oak Forest Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Oak Forest Road (PA-3013) Over 10 Mile Creek
Rural: Greene County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 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
120 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Structure Length
125 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is an attractive concrete arch bridge that is noted for its balustrade railing with urn-shaped balusters. Sadly, this railing has deteriorated, but it did remain on the bridge when HistoricBridges.org documented it.

The plaque listed the builder as "Lippencott Brothers" and this undoubtedly is the same as the builder for some other bridges in this area listed as E.B. and B.F. Lippincott. These other bridges with E.B. and B.F. Lippincott listed as the contractor, also had the same engineer, T. B. Dinsmore listed.

This historic bridge inventory's statement that this bridge's balustrade railing is common is misleading. Historic Bridge Inventories are supposed to look at a statewide context. In Pennsylvania, particularly in southwestern Pennsylvania, few concrete arch bridges have a balustrade railing with urn-shaped balusters. Most arch bridges have either lost their original railings, or use a different, more common state standard railing.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1928, 125'-long elliptical deck arch bridge is finished with a Neo-Classical-style balustrade, but a number of the panels are missing. While nicely proportioned and detailed, the bridge is not historically or technologically significant. Its span length is not noteworthy for 1928 nor is its common balustrade style. It is not located in a potential historic district.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, wooded setting with scattered farms.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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