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High Street Bridge

High Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Bridge Documented: January 20, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
High Street (Ridge Pike, PA-4031) Over Manatawny Creek
Pottstown: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
45 Feet (13.7 Meters)
Structure Length
212 Feet (64.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
47.2 Feet (14.39 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced!

This bridge is a relatively early example of a highway deck plate girder, and it is also a particularly wide example. It is noteworthy for having original lattice railings remaining on the bridge, with no modern additions. The bridge also features a small concrete arch approach span, with a stone spandrel wall which makes it look like a stone arch. The bridge is noteworthy example of an early 20th Century bridge designed to carry large volumes of traffic as evidenced by its wide deck width. The lattice railings give the bridge aesthetic value and give the bridge and area a sense of history.

PennDOT plans to demolish this bridge and replace it with a mundane modern bridge with no heritage value whatsoever.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 165'-long and 51'-wide, 4 span bridge is composed of 3, 45' long built-up deck girder spans and a 28' elliptical-shaped, reinforced concrete deck arch span that is finished with ashlar spandrel walls. The substructure is composed of both stone and concrete piers and abutments. Metal lattice railings finish the bridge, which is not an early example of girder technology. The 28'' long reinforced concrete arch span is not among the earliest in the state. The bridge is neither historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 4 lane state route with sidewalks over a wide stream west of and clearly outside of the National Register-listed Old Pottstown Historic District (1985) and its 1991 boundary increase. It is also outside of the local historic district. The bridge is not located in a potential historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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