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Reading Mines Bridge

Reading Mines Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Reading Mine Road (TR-648) Over Beaver Dam Creek
Location
Rural: Somerset County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Structure Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
557219064830520

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Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge is one of a number of remaining stone arch bridges in Somerset County. The Historic Bridge Inventory singled this bridge out to be considered non-historic. However it is worth noting they did this only because older examples remain. On its own, this bridge is really just as interesting as the other bridges, although it does perhaps have a slightly less impressive arch span. It does have nice and tall stone parapets (railings) that are attractively capped off with stone slabs.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 40'-long and 19' wide stone arch bridge built ca. 1914 is laid up in rusticated ashlar. The corresponding parapets step down over the flared wingwalls. The bridge retains its original masonry pattern and crisp mortar joints, and it appears to be complete. It is, however, the newest of the seven nearly identical stone arch bridges dating from ca. 1905 to ca. 1915 in the county. It is the early and complete examples that are significant. This bridge, a late example of its technology, is not historically or technologically significant. The bridge is identical to 55101000600000 that was built in 1914.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries 1 lane of an unimproved township road over a stream in a rural area of scattered early-20th century residences and active farms north of the village of Reading Mines. Just north of the bridge is the T intersection with TR 647. To the west of the bridge is an undistinguished early-20th century farm. Other residences in the area are heavily altered. The area lacks the concentration of resources to be a potential historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
40.090810,-78.962160

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