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Whitford High Line Bridge

Whitford High Line Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: March 25, 2011

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Key Facts

Exton: Chester County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Pennsylvania Steel Company of Steelton, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
375 Feet (114 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was apparently part of a railroad line Pennsylvania Railroad constructed to carry freight and reduce traffic on its mainline. This line apparently operated as late as the early 1980s. This bridge is today abandoned and it has no deck.

This bridge is a very long span railroad truss bridge for an overpass bridge. Normally spans this long are reserved for large river crossings. However, this bridge crosses a road and a wide railroad line with multiple tracks and it crosses these features at an extreme skew. Despite the angle it crosses, the bridge itself is not skewed... which would make the bridge even longer. Not crossing a river makes this bridge look even bigger than it might in the middle of a large river. As a pin-connected truss with excellent historic integrity it is a noteworthy historic bridge. It is abandoned, but is not doing any harm by standing where it is. However it could also be relocated and reused in a new location, perhaps as part of a non-motorized trail. With its Parker truss providing a graceful arch-like shape and its substantial span length, the bridge would be a signature attraction on any trail system.



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