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Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1



One of two bridges carrying Poplar Neck Road, both spanning railroad tracks within ~150 yards of the other. This one is metal... the other - concrete. See "Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #2" for the other.


Warren pony truss bridge over Norfolk Southern rail line on Poplar Neck Road
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Removed but not replaced
Warren pony truss
Total length: 67.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.30483, -75.91182   (decimal degrees)
40°18'17" N, 75°54'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/422514/4461990 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 05307 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 62629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Berks County, Pennsylvania (227)
Built 1920 (1,016)
Built during 1920s (9,956)
Lost (24,971)
Lost 2015 (362)
Lost during 2010s (3,298)
Pennsylvania (5,334)
Pony truss (16,241)
Reading, Pennsylvania (33)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,318)
Truss (32,958)
Warren pony truss (3,370)
Warren truss (6,580)

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge demolished; see comments
  • August 22, 2014: Updated by Luke: Merged NBI
  • August 22, 2014: Added by Patrick S. O'Donnell


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  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV


Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1
Posted December 2, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in the Reading Eagle that this bridge was removed last year with no replacement planned due to disrepair.Poplar neck rd. is being rerouted under a N/S r.r. overpass on an unnamed road leading to the Titus Island Power Plant which is decommissioned.This unnamed road bypasses the power plant and continues with the original Poplar Neck Road.I was unaware this bridge was removed.

Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1
Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the reading eagle on 11-8-15 the stae p.u.c. has asked cumru township to create a proposed timeline for the removal of this bridge.Because the railroad is a public utility the p.u.c. must oversee the bridge's demolition.Removal will cost $100,000.A crane cannot be used because of 4 sets of wires running above it and the necessity to keep hazardous debris off the railroad tracks.But disassembling the bridge piecemeal would cause work-related vibrations that could further loosen the beam at risk of collapsing.Cumru must first secure the beam before actually removing it.The township manager and the p.u.c. also indicated that the township might have to remove abutments and grade back slopes after the bridge is gone.This is going to be one tricky removal job.

Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1
Posted October 29, 2015, by Anonymous

As per an article printed in the reading eagle on 10-29-15 penndot has given cumru township 2 months to remove this bridge.Cumru township approved a declaration of emergency for this bridge fast tracking administrative decisions related to the removal process.I didn't know this but the bridge was closed on 10-23-15.The bridge was closed after a deteriorating I-beam was found and in danger of collapsing on the Norfolk/southern railroad tracks.This bridge is over 100 years old.I will let you know what kind of bridge they replace this bridge with.

Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1
Posted March 20, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle on 3-20-15 the cumru township commissioners have authorized stv engineering to prepare and advertise bids for the repair of this bridge which required by penndot will maintain the 5 ton weight limit.

Poplar Neck Road Railroad Overpass #1
Posted September 24, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

according to the reading eagle the weight limit has been lowered from 10 tons to 5 tons due to deterioration of the bridge.this was printed on 9-22-14.if i get any information in the future i will print it on this site.