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I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge


Looking NE

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in December 2017


BH Photo #414340


Street View 


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Schuylkill River on I-78 in Hamburg
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1955; rehabilitated 1984
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 158.1 ft.
Total length: 1,801.9 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 0078 0294 1171 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30421 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2008)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 21, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 8, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein



I-78 Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Read an article in the local paper today that dependent on the weather work will start on this bridge.Work will entail widening this bridge to 3 lanes in each direction with no detours while the work is going on.Also the 143-foot span of I-78 over Port Clinton Avenue in Hamburg will be widened along with reconfiguring the Route 61 interchange at exit 29 on I-78 at the Cabela's interchange in Tilden Township and replacement of the 160-foot Route 61 bridge over interstate 78 in Tilden Township.Construction of sound barriers,drainage systems,guide rails and safety barriers will be performed.This whole project will cost $125.4 million with a start date of spring 2020 and completion estimated to end in the year 2025.According to the architectural historian from PennDOT this bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.The historian didn't say if the work on the bridge will deter the eligibility listing.

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.