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I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge

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Overview
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Schuylkill River on I-78 in Hamburg
Location
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1955; rehabilitated 1984
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 158.1 ft.
Total length: 1,801.9 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.55833, -75.99167   (decimal degrees)
40°33'30" N, 75°59'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/416044/4490202 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamburg
Inventory numbers
PA 06 0078 0294 1171 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30421 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2008)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
16,104

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein

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I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted July 26, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/24/17 this bridge will be getting a facelift as part of a multipart upgrade costing $123 million that will make it 6 lanes with wider shoulders between the Hamburg and Route 61 exits.The project,expected to be completed around June 2024,is expected to go to bid in fall 2019 and be paid with federal funds.The winning bidder will replace the Route 61 bridge over I-78;reconfigure the Route 61 ramps;widen the I-78 bridge over Port Clinton Avenue in Hamburg;and add an additional lane and a wider shoulder on the I-78 roadway and over the historic bridge,between Hamburg exit 30 and Route 61 exit 29.From what was mentioned in the article in the paper designers are going to keep this bridge looking as it did when it was built.We shall see.

I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Read in today's Reading Eagle according to April Frantz,a National Register of Historic Places reviewer in the state historic preservation office confirmed this bridge is eligible for the national register.PENNDOT spokesman Ronald Young has said this bridge is deemed functionally obsolete.This means the bridge may be structurally sound,but it does not meet current design standards,such as shoulder width or other safety standards,which could pose dangers.Original metal railings on the bridge were replaced with safety barriers in 1984.

I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted August 8, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to an article in todays Reading Eagle this bridge will be widened as part of a bridge widening and a bridge removal project scheduled for 2019.This project is part of a bridge removal on Rte. 61 over I-78 in Tilden Township.The plans also include ramp improvements at the Rte.61 exit on I-78 and the addition of auxiliary lanes on I-78 across the Schuylkill River Bridge.Tentatively budgeted at $90 to $100 million these projects will be 100% federally funded.