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King Street Bridge

King Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 15, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
King Street (US-11, PA-696, PA-533) Over Middle Spring Creek
Shippensburg: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Ferro-Concrete Construction Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Structure Length
47 Feet (14.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
47 Feet (14.33 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is an early example of a concrete arch bridge in Pennsylvania with its 1911 construction date. Its builder, Ferro-Concrete Construction Company, was an agent for the National Bridge Company which held the patent for Luten type reinforced concrete bridges. This particular bridge has the unusual detail of Indian head sculptures on the railings.

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Discussion of Bridge

The one-span, 47'-long, elliptical, reinforced concrete arch bridge has a slight vertical profile, and is finished with concrete balustrades. The bridge has concrete abutments with U-shaped wingwalls topped by paneled concrete parapets. Built in 1911, the bridge is a historically and technologically significant example of an early reinforced-concrete bridge constructed by the Ferro-Concrete Construction Co., one of several companies that worked to popularize reinforced-concrete construction in the United States in the 1900s and early 1910s. The bridge was not rated in the Shippensburg Historic District's nomination, but based on its date of construction and historical significance it is recommended as a contributing resource.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane street and 2 sidewalks over a stream in downtown Shippensburg. The bridge is in the Shippensburg Historic District (listed 6/7/84). The setting is dominated by mid- to late-19th century vernacular residences. The district has a period of significance from 1700 to 1934, and is recognized for its architectural significance.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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