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PA 562 - Manatawny Creek Bridge

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Overview
Bridge
Location
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for Replacement per George Oakley
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.31842, -75.73347   (decimal degrees)
40°19'06" N, 75°44'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/437683/4463358 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
5,841
Inventory numbers
PANBI 04888 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 81587 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 83 (out of 100)
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Categories 

Beam (15,794)
Berks County, Pennsylvania (227)
Built 1938 (863)
Built during 1930s (11,766)
Have street view (27,058)
Open (39,969)
Owned by state (16,037)
Pennsylvania (5,331)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,102)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,934)

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted November 18, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just saw on WFMZ69 news that this bridge barring any weather delays will open on Friday.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted November 2, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was looking at pictures of bridges in a book called the passing scene vol.23 and discovered a covered bridge which was located where this present bridge is now.The name of the bridge was the Earlville Covered Bridge.This bridge was erected in 1852 as an open span and covered in 1856.It was a single-lane 16-foot-wide bridge that had a clear length of 130 feet.A marble tablet visible over the portal read "Manatawny Berks County Bridge: Jacob Young,Gabriel Filbert,William Knabb, commissioners.Builder Jonathan Bitner.The state replaced this span in 1938 with a modern cement structure.I don't know if the tablet or if anything else was saved from this bridge.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is the latest update on this bridge from the local paper I read.Work on the replacement of this bridge will now last into December according to PennDOT.This project which was originally expected to be completed last fall was delayed until this spring due to an issue with the footing for one of the two bridge abutments.During spring,the footing for the bridge pier needed to be redesigned since the ground under the creek was deeper than expected,and it was estimated that would delay the project completion into early September.The new pier design has taken longer than anticipated,and the bridge is now projected to open in December.Actual underground conditions occasionally differ from what test drilling shows during the design of a bridge,as is the case with this project,PennDOT said in a release.Work began in May 2018 to replace the two-span steel stringer bridge with a two-span concrete bulb-tee beam bridge.This projects total cost is $2.5 million.This bridge was constructed in 1938 and re-constructed in 1972.It is 146 feet long and 36 feet wide.The new bridge will be 146 feet long and 37 feet wide.This section of Route 562 has an average daily traffic volume of 5,845 vehicles.Passenger and truck detours are in effect and also posted.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article in todays local paper,completion of replacement of this bridge is now pushed back to at least fall of this year due to solid ground under the creek being deeper than originally thought.This means the pier footings have to be redesigned which means additional time to complete this project.Work began in May of 2018 to replace the two-span steel bridge with a two-span concrete beam bridge.Detours are still in place.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted September 15, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed on 9-14-18 in the Reading Eagle this bridge will reopen in May of 2019,not November of 2018 as originally planned which means that this project took a year to complete,not 6 months.During excavation,crews discovered the soil would not provide the desired bearing capacity to support the footers for the new bridge.Alfred A. Picca,pennDOT assistant district executive for construction,said in a press release."This requires some additional design work,as well as having the contractor constructing subfooters to provide additional support for the bridge".This project cost nearly $2.5 million.Detours are still in place.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted May 15, 2018, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,this is the bridge listed in the paper I read yesterday.I've been over this bridge many times over the past years and don't see any structural deterioration up on the surface.Probably underneath.Don't know the build date on this bridge.That might have something to do with it.

PA 562-Manatawny Creek Bridge
Posted May 14, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

George this may be one being replaced per Reading Eagle article.