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Southview Road Bridge

Southview Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Southview Road (PA-4039) Over Millers Run
Rural: Washington County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
34 Feet (10.4 Meters)
Structure Length
54 Feet (16.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.51 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This is an unusual bridge because it has a very simple, undecorated, and crude appearance. There are no architectural details on the arch or the railing. The railing is solid concrete. The concrete of the bridge has a uneven appearance and some cracks that look very old and perhaps relate to the bridge's original construction rather than more contemporary deterioration. The bridge does appear to be unaltered, and the deck has a distinctively substantial arch to it.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1913, reinforced concrete, closed spandrel deck arch bridge with bush hammered finish has a vertical curvature that gives the bridge almost a peaked appearance. The unadorned, plain parapets are spalling, particularly at the base of the spandrel wall and in the arch barrel. The spandrel walls also have large cracks. The reinforced concrete deck arch gained popularity quickly in the 1900s, and was used with great frequency in Pennsylvania on local and county roads in the 1910s. This simple, plain bridge has no innovative or distinctive features. Neither the bridge nor its setting and context are historically or technologically noteworthy. Better, more complete examples of the bridge type exist in the county.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a one lane of a state road (14' roadway) over a stream in a sparsely developed setting of scrub woods and fields near the intersection of SR 4039 and TR 606.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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