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PA-281 / US-30 Overpass

PA-281 / US-30 Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: August 2, 2007

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
PA-281 Over US-30
Stoystown: Somerset County, Pennsylvania: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Roberts Paving Company
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
50.0 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Structure Length
54.0 Feet (16.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is an excellent example of rigid-frame technology in Pennsylvania, because the structure retains an excellent level of historic integrity, including original decorative railings. The bridge is also noteworthy for its discernable 6.5% grade. The structure is located in a scenic location where drivers passing under the bridge have an impressive view of the hills in the distance.

Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 54'-long and 37' wide, reinforced concrete, rigid frame bridge built in 1938 has flared wingwalls and is finished with Moderne-style balustrades. The earliest extant examples of rigid frame bridge in Pennsylvania date to the late 1920s, and the technology was used for many of the 1937-1950 Pennsylvania Turnpike overpass bridges. This example is not early or technologically innovative. It crosses the former Lincoln Highway, but it was built well after the route was part of the state system of highway. The bridge is not historically or technologically significant, and it is not located in a potential historic district. Its detailing reflects period aesthetics and the moldable qualities of concrete. Neither the bridge nor its setting are historically or technologically significant.

Discussion of Surrounding Area

The bridge carries a 2 lane road with sidewalks on a horizontal curve over 4 lanes of US 30 in Stoystown. The area is rural and residential in character. The bridge carries SR 281 over the right of way of the US 30. The bridge is not in the Stoystown HD identified by PHMC in 1996. The bridge is not associated with the Lincoln Highway, which was disbanded in 1928. It is assumed, since the overpass required formwork to construct, that this alignment of US 30 dates to 1938.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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