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French Creek Railroad Bridge

French Creek Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: February 2, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad) Over French Creek
Location
Phoenixville: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1923
Main Span Length
109 Feet (33 Meters)
Structure Length
1,027 Feet (313 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
15 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is unusual because its spans have a variety of construction dates, having been salvaged by the railroad from other bridges that were being replaced. The largest span over French Creek dates to 1914. A major reconstruction of other parts of the bridge took place in 1923. Likely due in part to the salvaged nature of the bridge, many spans are of different lengths. As such, this is an unusual bridge built from parts of other bridges. Thus, assigning a dominant bridge builder is difficult. However some of the girder spans were originally built by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and by the American Bridge Company of New York, New York.

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