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Grantham Road Bridge

Grantham Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: February 18, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
North Grantham Road Over Fisher Run
Location
Rural: York County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1917 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
41.0 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Structure Length
41.0 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.8 Feet (4.21 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
38174

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This concrete arch bridge is noted for some unusual design details. First, the road follows the contour of the arch, giving the roadway a humpback look to it. The railing design includes solid parapets with inset rectangles that also follow the arch contour, except that they come to a sharp point at the center of the bridge. On the outside of the bridge, the unusual architectural expression is made where the inset rectangles do not follow the railing, but cover both the railing and arch, hiding any distinction between arch and railing. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity. The bridge has had a coating applied to it which made reading the marble plaque difficult.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The single span, 41'-long, deck arch bridge built in 1917 has paneled parapets. It is supported on concrete abutments with stone and concrete wingwalls. The sections of stone wingwall appear to date to a previous bridge. The reinforced concrete arch bridge technology was introduced in Pennsylvania about 1900, and by 1910 it had become ubiquitous. It was popular with many county and city engineers. More than 200 examples from before 1916 have been identified with more than 55 from before 1910. This bridge is not an early example in the county or region, and it has no unusual or noteworthy details. It is not historically or technologically distinguished by its setting or context.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The 1 lane bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting with scattered 19th to late 20th century residences. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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