T-beam bridges are not particularly rare, but they are a type of bridge that is no longer built today, and many often feature attractive railings and plaques. As such, it makes sense to preserve a selection of representative examples of this bridge type in order to create a snapshot of bridge engineering technology of the period, in addition to the benefits gained from keeping a bridge with aesthetic qualities around for travelers to enjoy. The Ord Street Bridge is an excellent example of such a structure. The bridge is located in a potential historic district, which is even further incentive for preservation. Its decent length and multi-span configuration are also factors that increase this particular structure's significance.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 1922, 3 simple span, 125'-long, T beam bridge (3 @ 41') with standard concrete balustrades is supported on concrete abutments with parallel wingwalls and solid piers. It has no innovative or distinctive details and is an example of a very common bridge type that was used with great frequency beginning in the 1910s and continuing through the 1950s. It is however, contiguous to the area of West Salisbury that is a potential historic district. The east side of the river would be the boundary, so the 1922 bridge is within and a contributing resource to the potential historic district.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road and one sidewalk over the Casselman River connecting Salisbury and West Salisbury. West Salisbury is a potential historic district, and the bridge would be within its boundary. The period of significance would be through at least World War II.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No (But contributing to potential historic district.)
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