This is an unusual concrete encased metal plate through girder bridge. Concrete encased through girder bridges are not common, and this is the only example in the county. Concrete encasement was a fad that took place in the 1910-1930 period. It was intended to protect the steel from corrosion and in some cases to improve the aesthetic quality of the bridge. This bridge has been closed to traffic. While the concrete encasement of the girders is in fair condition, the deck is in terrible shape. It appears the concrete deck was overlaid with asphalt. This practice tends to trap moisture in the concrete leading to rapid deterioration, which may be what happened here.
This bridge sits on stone abutments from a previous bridge at this location.
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