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Buttonwood Street Bridge

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Buttonwood St Bridge, south side

South side view of Buttonwood St. Bridge from River Street on the east side of the river.

Photo taken by Frank Danberg in February 2009

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BH Photo #134227

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Overview
Open-spandrel arch bridge over the Schuylkill River on Buttonwood Street in Reading
Location
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1972
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 770.1 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33833, -75.94500   (decimal degrees)
40°20'18" N, 75°56'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/419734/4465738 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reading
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7301 0000 9171 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05487 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30390 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2009)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1979)
16,500

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 2, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 25, 2009: New photos from Frank Danberg

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Comments 

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle cracks were found along with crumbling concrete with exposed rebar.I did report in a prior post about seeing cracks in the bridge.Now comes the fun part.An engineering company will inject penetrating sealant into the cracks.I didn't know this but the cost for this bridge project went over budget by $3.2 million.Luckily PennDOT picked up the cost.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted December 5, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle cracks were found along with crumbling concrete with exposed rebar.I did report in a prior post about seeing cracks in the bridge.Now comes the fun part.An engineering company will inject penetrating sealant into the cracks.I didn't know this but the cost for this bridge project went over budget by $3.2 million.Luckily PennDOT picked up the cost.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just found something out about this bridge while reading an article in todays Reading Eagle about the Bingaman Street Bridge being designated for a military unit.In the article it mentions that this bridge is designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.Never knew that.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 4-13-17 West Reading police have issued 51 speeding tickets.Seems nobody can obey the 25 mph speed limit on this bridge.I will let the Reading Eagle know about the crack I found on the bridge on the outbound side.Also forgot to mention on my last post that when i was on the West Reading side of the bridge checking on the beams that were replaced underneath I happened to lose my balance and fell on my butt.Boy,did that hurt!

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted April 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 4-8-17 this bridge is officially reopened.I personally went and looked at it on 4-8-17 after reading the article in the newspaper.As i reported earlier they did alot of cosmetic work around the arches underneath the bridge on both sides.They also were able to save the 2 parapets on both sides of the bridge.They did replace beams underneath both inbound and outbound lanes of the bridge on both sides of the river.As for the bridge itself both approaches to the bridge were macadam until the bridge which became concrete decking.Galvanized guardrail along with a new walkway made it appear nicer along with new light poles with lamps on each side of the poles.They did install drains so there will be no pooling of water.They did amazingly save the plaque which i could tell was the original by the patina on it.There was only one small problem which i saw and that was on the outbound side there was a crack above the first arch.Wasn't there originally.Could be from settling.I don't know.I took a picture.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted March 31, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 3-31-17 this bridge will be reopening on 4-7-17.This county-owned bridge was rated among the worst in the state before the overhaul.Total costs on the overhaul of this bridge was $14 million.What this means is that the overhaul of the Penn Street Bridge can begin after this bridge is reopened.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted March 4, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just got back after looking at this bridge being today is Saturday 3-4-17.The south side approach spans were not replaced except for a couple of beams that were deficient.There was alot of cosmetic work done above and around the arches from what i saw.As for up top the deck is being replaced and the sidewalks.The original concrete railings were not replaced as i might have alluded to from yesterdays article.When this bridge is opened i will be able to examine the work that was done more closely being that the bridge is fenced off with no trespassing signs.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted March 3, 2017, by georgee oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 3-3-17 this bridge might possibly be opened by the end of March instead of mid April as previously disclosed due to the weather.The only project left is to pave the roadway which can hasten reopening the bridge ahead of schedule.I did see from the picture in the paper they did leave up part of the original concrete railings on the bridge.Tomorrow being Saturday i will take a walk to this bridge and see what has been finished so far being that i live near this bridge.I will let you all in on what it looks like from my perspective.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted April 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Found a piece of information in the Reading Eagle printed on 4-30-16.Seems 2 local businessmen,Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen put up half the money to build this bridge in 1932.They were the founders of 3 businesses named Thun & Janssen Textile Machine Works,Berkshire Knitting Mills and Wyomissing Industries which none of these businesses are no longer in operation.Nice to know businessmen will put money up to have bridges constructed.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted August 29, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is the latest on this bridge via the reading eagle printed 8-29-15.The parapets on this bridge which is presently closed will be replaced due to deterioration of the concrete.The new parapets and scrollwork will be identical to the deteriorated ones.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted July 21, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle on 7-21-15 this bridge is closed as of today for 2 years.the main work to be performed will be redecking along with replacing the beams underneath this bridge and other work.also if this work is not done in the allotted time monetary penalties will bee issued.any news on this bridge in the future will be printed here.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted July 9, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle 7-9-15 this bridge will be closed as of 7-21-15 for 2 years for repairs.any further information on this bridge will be printed on this site.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted June 2, 2015, by gerorge oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle 6-2-15 this bridge will be closed as of july between july 8 and july 27.this work must be done by april 2017 or the contractor faces a $45,000 a day penalty.the $14 million repair will be funded by penndot.repairs will be made to the 770 foot span which is 83 years old.any more information I receive on this bridge will be printed here.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted March 19, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as of an article printed in the reading eagle on 3-19-15 repairs on this bridge will begin in may 2015 closing the bridge for 2 years.red tape held up the start.

Buttonwood Street Bridge
Posted December 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

work on this bridge will start early spring 2015 after moving utility lines.actual repairs are not listed but will let everyone know when i find out.