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
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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