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Leesport Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman


BH Photo #177735



Three-span concrete arch bridge over Schuylkill River on PA 1003 (Wall Street) in Leesport
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1915 by Whittaker & Diehl
- Whittaker & Diehl of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 66.9 ft.
Total length: 212.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44500, -75.96889   (decimal degrees)
40°26'42" N, 75°58'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/417834/4477600 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 1003 0030 0999 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 04943 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30400 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 23, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 17, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman



Leesport Bridge
Posted April 20, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Saw an article concerning this bridge in yesterday's Reading Eagle.The article stated that work on this bridge already is running 6 months behind schedule.Now a delay has come up concerning utility work.The coordination of the utility work set the $4.8 million project back 87 days and it would cost nearly $480,000 to get the bridge done on the original timeline.If and when I get further news I'll post it and let you all know.

Leesport Bridge
Posted April 4, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle today that completion of work on this bridge which is currently closed has been pushed back to May 2019 at a cost of $4.8 million for the replacement.

Leesport Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle today that completion of this bridge has been pushed back from 12/2017 to 5/2018.No reason was given for this extension but Leesport borough council is not happy about this due to this latest development.

Leesport Bridge
Posted October 29, 2017, by george Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] coma)

as per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 10/29/17 starting 10/30/17 work gets underway to replace this bridge.Starting 10/30/17 Wall street Will be closed between Water street and Chestnut Street/Railroad Avenue through December 2018.A temporary pedestrian bridge will allow pedestrian access during construction.This bridge is a concrete arch bridge originally constructed in 1915 and reconstructed in 1969.It is 213 feet long and 24 feet wide.The new bridge will be a 214 feet long,40 feet wide,prestressed concrete bulb T-beam bridge.The bridge has an average daily traffic volume of 7,546 vehicles. J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen,Chester County,is the general contractor on the nearly $4.8 million project that is expected to be complete by May 2019.All facts in this article about the bridge are from the newspaper,not me.

Leesport Bridge
Posted September 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/18/17 a prefabricated metal pedestrian bridge is set to go in soon at this location.A large granite marker and the brass markers from the old bridge will be donated to the Leesport Area Historical Society.The bridge work is a PennDOT project.

Leesport Bridge
Posted May 31, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,you got me wondering something.You mentioned a lost iron truss which i said was somewhere else.It might be possible a truss bridge was here before this one.Might be worth looking into.

Leesport Bridge
Posted May 30, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5/29/17 this bridge is tentatively scheduled to be closed in August for replacement,but preliminary work will start early next month.According to engineer Jason Newhard,staging and light work to prepare the construction area is scheduled for June fifth.The bridge itself is scheduled for completion no later than Dec.27,2018.

Leesport Bridge
Posted February 23, 2017, by Anonymous

As per an article on this bridge printed in the Reading Eagle on 2-22-17 engineer Jason Newhard outlined an updated timeline for PennDOT'S Wall Street Bridge replacement.PennDOT is accepting bids starting in April of this year.A pedestrian bridge wide enough for an ATV is tentatively scheduled for construction this summer.Closure of the main bridge may be in September or October.Newhard said everyone will know the actual dates at the preconstruction meeting.Representatives,including members of area municipal governments and involved utility companies will be at the PennDOT meeting late this spring according to Newhard.Sounds like a big project and when i hear or read anything about this bridge ui will pass it on.

Leesport Bridge
Posted December 27, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,the bridge i was talking about was the Dunkels Church Rd-Sacony Creek iron truss bridge which was replaced with what looks like a concrete bridge,not this one.Thanks for asking.

Leesport Bridge/ Mystry Iron Truss
Posted December 27, 2016, by Anonymous

George Oakley forum post mentions a lost Iron through truss, Maybe Precursor to this 1915 span at Wall Street Leesport? Just North of Reading PA