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PA-443 Bridge

PA-443 Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 2, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-443 Over South Branch Swatara Creek
Location
Rural: Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1956
Main Span Length
98 Feet (29.9 Meters)
Structure Length
103 Feet (31.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
26.6 Feet (8.11 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
30685

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge appears to have been a Luten arch bridge which was widened on one side using steel stringers and a standard county design railing. The original side of the bridge retains paneled railings that match those used by companies who built bridges under the Luten patent.

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Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 101'-long reinforced concrete arch bridge was widened in 1956 with 3 apns of simply supported steel stringers with steel bents. The exposed spandrel wall is scored to accent the arch, and has scored panels in the concrete parapets. The stringer face has a standard concrete balustrade. The altered bridge is a later example of the reinforced concrete arch type, and it is neither historically or technologically distinguished.

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.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten

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