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Zettlemoyer's Bridge



Through truss bridge over Maiden Creek on TR 787 (Long Road)
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1958
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 153.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.58628, -75.89463   (decimal degrees)
40°35'11" N, 75°53'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/424291/4493215 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7215 0787 9467 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05369 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 1, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 30, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted November 1, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was reading today's paper and saw that Berks County is accepting sealed bids for a rehabilitation project on this bridge.The work to be performed is rehabilitation of the existing steel Pratt through-truss to a 10 ton load carrying capacity.The scope of repairs will include the replacement of members in kind with high strength steel in the truss and other components of the superstructure and floor system.The appropriate approach guiderail,transitions and end treatments will be installed at each corner to meet current PennDOT safety standards.The stone masonry substructure will be repointed as needed.I will let it be known when work will begin and post all information here.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by Anonymous

Screen shot photos

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

By the way,PennDOT wasn't mentioned in the article.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle today the Greenwich Township supervisors have been informed work on replacing this bridge in the spring.Berks County will advertise bids to replace this 114 year old bridge with work to begin on May 1st.Completion should be by December.The supervisors evidently decided not to save this bridge because of refusing to take ownership.Maybe someone out there might want to take ownership of this bridge.Let's hope so over this bridge becoming cans or cars.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted December 2, 2015, by Don Morrison

There were several Zettlemoyers in the area of the bridge in 1876.

Here's an historic atlas of Greenwich & Albany townships of Berks County:


The area in Greenwich township near Lenhartsville where most of the Zettlemoyers are located is actually called Zettlemeyer Dist. No 8.

Spelled with an "e", must be a misprint.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted December 1, 2015, by Brian Monahan (Brian [at] MonahanLaw [dot] com)

How Did this bridge get its name ?? Is this where the Zettlemoyer farm is ? or was ? May be related through an early 1800 marriage.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 14, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

according to the reading eagle dated 8/14/14 this bridge looks like it will be replaced.the greenwich supervisors are talking to the berks county commissioners about replacing the bridge.the commissioners indicated they would consider replacing the bridge with a concrete span.estimated to cost $2.5 million the new concrete span would be capable of supporting a 30 ton firetruck which is stipulated by the township.this all is conditional upon the township assuming ownership of the new bridge.construction of the new bridge will take 3 years.any more information i get i will pass on.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 13, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Of course I favor a full restoration for this span, but an adequate rehabilitation could be performed for substantially less that would allow continued use of the bridge.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

just got some information on this bridge from the reading eagle.seems the county would prefer to either remove the bridge and get the county to build a new bridge.what complicates the matter is the bridge is the county,s property and the road is a township road.also this bridge is in a very isolated area only serving about a dozen houses.the options open are repairs which would cost $1.500,000.00,build a new bridge which would cost $2.500,000.00 or remove the bridge.i will let you know when the final decision is made and what it is.