This bridge is located on the segment of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that is not the original segment, but was built in the 1950s. Even so, this bridge is a fairly old bridge in the context of the Interstate Highway System, with a 1952 construction date. The Pennsylvania Turnpike's extensive use of through plate girders for highway overpasses on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is also a bit of an oddity compared to other states. The general design of this particular bridge is standard. The details of the plate girder, and the architectural detailing of the abutments is in keeping with the design of other 1950s Pennsylvania Turnpike bridges, and as such the bridge is a good representative example of these bridges. However, the bridge is also unique because it has a very steep grade and is also built to a heavy skew, these two things making the bridge quite a bit more complex in terms of engineering. It also gives the bridge a strikingly unusual appearance. The unique hilly terrain of Pennsylvania led to many overpass bridges with unusually steep grades. This is simply a particularly exaggerated example. All original Pennsylvania Turnpike bridges are eventually going to be demolished as the entire highway is slowly being widened. Therefore, HistoricBridges.org has selected a sample of the original bridges to document for inclusion on the website to record these structures, which were an integral part of this early limited access highway.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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