Elevation From Railroad Tracks.
Photo Courtesy Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
BH Photo #164086
From Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
The Birdsboro Bridge is a nine-span, open spandrel, arch structure built of reinforced concrete (Lichtenstein 1999). The bridge and the Bridge Street ramp, which accesses the north-bank floodplain from the upstream (west) side of the bridge and will also be replaced, were designed by the Berks County Engineer’s Office and built in 1927 to replace the town’s mid-nineteenth century wooden covered bridge that burned down the previous year. The Birdsboro Bridge has plain spandrel columns and console-like brackets that support the cantilevered deck sections. In 1980, the original pierced classical balustrade was replaced by solid concrete panels. The bridge was built at a higher elevation than its predecessor to span not only the Schuylkill River, but the floodplain and the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Mainline corridor on the river’s north bank. The structure is 1123 feet long and 40 feet wide, carrying two lanes of S.R. 0345 with a sidewalk on each side.
- Concrete arch bridge over Schuylkill River on PA 82 in Birdsboro
- Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Demolished and replaced in 2014
- Built 1927; rehabilitated 1980; demolished 2014
- Open spandrel deck arch
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 1,123.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.26843, -75.80837 (decimal degrees)
40°16'06" N, 75°48'30" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/431268/4457864 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- PA 06 0082 0202 0531 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 06/2007)
- Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
- August 16, 2014: Updated by Patrick S. O'Donnell: Bridge has been replaced.
- May 2, 2010: Essay added by Nathan Holth