This short through plate girder bridge has an unusual appearance because its already shallow girders are positioned so that they barely come above the deck level. The bridge almost looks like a deck plate girder. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity with no major alterations to the superstructure observed. The National Bridge Inventory lists a 1950 construction date, but the Historic Bridge Inventory felt that date was incorrect and that a ca. 1920 date is more appropriate. 1950 would be unusually late for a bridge of this type and roadway width to be built.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a forested setting on the south side of Denver Borough. The bridge is located several hundred feet north of the Bucher Thal Historic District (listed 12/31/87) and is not within the district boundaries. The Bucher Thal Historic District is an 18th and 19th-century grist mill-centered rural mill hamlet. The district nomination excludes 20th century development.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The single span, 47'-long, steel thru girder bridge dates stylistically to ca. 1920. It is on concrete abutments with wingwalls. The metal railings are fixed to the top of the girders, which barely rise above the top of the open grid steel deck. Rolled floorbeams and stringers support the deck. The bridge is a small, representative example of its type, and is neither historically nor technologically distinguished individually. Thru girder bridges are a common bridge type in widespread use from the 1870s through the 1950s. Based on its date of construction, the bridge is not historically associated with the nearby Bucher Thal Historic District.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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