This concrete arch bridge was noted for its attractive railing and paneling on the spandrel walls. The bridge was severely deteriorated in several areas with heavy spalling present. This bridge was sentenced to demolition as a result. Like most modern bridges, the replacement bridge will be an extremely ugly structure that will look like little more than a slab of concrete. It will be quite a contrast to the beautiful attention to detail found in the historic concrete arch bridge.
The builder of this bridge is presumably J. Miller Eshelman, although the last name is spelling differently (incorrectly) as "Eshleman"
This bridge is located next to the remaining substructure of a long-gone trolley bridge.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 2 span, 135'-long, reinforced concrete deck arch bridge built in 1923 has concrete balustrades with paneled posts, paneled spandrel walls, and pilasters over the piers and abutments. The flared wingwalls are surmounted by pipe railings. The bridge has spalls and shotcrete patching at the fascia. Deck arch bridges began appearing in numbers in Pennsylvania about 1905 and they were ubiquitous by the 1910s. Over 200 examples from before 1916 survive, and 270 reinforced concrete closed spandrel arch bridges predate 1920. This later 1923 example has no unusual or noteworthy features. It is not historically or technologically distinguished by its setting or context.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with predominantly late 20th century houses. At the western quadrants are a trailer home and woods. At the eastern quadrants are modern houses and a gas pipe line right-of-way. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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