This bridge is a beautiful and impressive impressive example of a truss bridge built by the York Bridge Company. The bridge has both a four panel pony truss and an eight panel through truss span. The pony truss span is unusual because it is a Parker truss with only four slopes. Nearly all Parker truss spans, including the through truss span on this bridge, have more than five slopes to the top chord and end posts. The bridge has endposts measuring 14 inches wide by about 9.5 inches deep. Vertical members were measured at 13 inches wide by about 7 inches. The bridge received repairs and rehabilitation in 1960, 1987, and 1996. The bridge was closed to traffic due to areas of deterioration on the bridge superstructure. Despite this, it appears that the bridge could be restored for either light vehicular use or non-motorized use. The majority of the truss structure appears to be in decent condition.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 2 span, 170'-long bridge built in 1904 is composed of a 120'-long, pin connected Parker thru truss span and a 48'-long riveted Parker pony truss span The substructure consists of stone abutments and a stone pier. The main span is a late example of its type and design. It was fabricated by a minor bridge company. The riveted pony truss approach span is not among the earliest examples of that technology in the region or state. The bridge is not historically or technologically significant. It is located in a region noted for its rich heritage of metal truss bridges.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The single lane bridge carries a township road over Perkiomen Creek in a forested area within the Upper Perkiomen Valley County Park. The stream was dammed to create reservoirs in the 1930s and 1960s. The bridge provides access to the Deep Creek and Green Lane reservoirs and the surrounding county park land. Neither reservoir is historically or technologically significant.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Originally No, Revised To Yes in 2001
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