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Salem Road Bridge

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Overview
Three-span stone arch bridge over Little Swatara Creek on Salem Road (TR 627)
Location
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1881; rehabilitated 1960 and 2006
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 18.0 ft.
Total length: 53.2 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Skew angle
90 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46167, -76.28167   (decimal degrees)
40°27'42" N, 76°16'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/391336/4479788 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bethel
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7205 0627 9362 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 41431 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2005)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Not deficient
Sufficiency rating: 23.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1979)
150

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19th Century (6,222)
Arch (11,264)
Berks County, Pennsylvania (150)
Built 1881 (113)
Built during 1880s (1,649)
Deck arch (10,501)
Have street view (22,557)
Open (36,877)
Pennsylvania (4,413)
Span length under 25 feet (5,847)
Stone arch (2,672)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,520)

Update Log 

  • March 20, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

Salem Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 4-5-17 officials from Bethel and Tulpehocken townships have joined forces to protect this Civil War-era bridge,only 1 of 4 remaining in Berks County at a joint meeting Tuesday in the Bethel municipal building.Both townships will have engineers explore the possibility of weight restrictions on this historic three span arch bridge.Jacob Meyer,Bethel supervisors chairman,said the integrity of the bridge is threatened by trucks using this bridge and road as a shortcut.While the road is the responsibility of the townships the bridge is owned by Berks County.Here are some facts that might be debatable.This bridge was built in 1861,the year the civil war began.Samuel Hix was the builder.These facts were taken from the article i read in the Reading Eagle.In addition to this bridge the other 3 arch bridges include the 1841 Trexler Bridge in Albany Township,1 crossing the Union Canal outside Womelsdorf and 1 on private property that crosses Monocacy Creek in Oley Township.

Salem Road Bridge
Posted March 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 3-20-17 Berks County commissioners are working with Bethel and Tulpehocken townships to preserve this bridge.Damage to the wingwalls is a concern but what is really damaging this bridge is the idiots who drive construction equipment and tractor-trailers over this bridge which isn't rated weightwise for this bridge.Outside of posting signs,wouldn't a headache bar be a good idea to keep the heavy trucks off of these bridges?

Salem Road Bridge
Posted February 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Got some good news on this bridge.As per an article printed in thee Reading Eagle on 2-13-17 Preservation paperwork is being filed to protect this bridge.When i get more information i will let you know.