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Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge 38-06-07

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Photo taken by Mappee Pritchard

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Overview
Burr arch-truss bridge over Maiden Creek on Covered Bridge Road
Location
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1869; rehabilitated 1968
Design
Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.55444, -75.88000   (decimal degrees)
40°33'16" N, 75°52'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/425494/4489670 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamburg
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7215 0745 9462 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05363 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
WGCB 38-06-07 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 36311 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2009)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1986)
191

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Erik Hoffman
  • March 3, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 2, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 25, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Wikipedia
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Erik Hoffman - edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge 38-06-07
Posted July 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/10/17 renovation of this bridge has been delayed.No notification has been given why.When i find out i will post any information i get.By the way,the article in the paper lists the length of this bridge as 172 feet,not 168 feet.Don't know which length is right.

Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge 38-06-07
Posted November 26, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in today's Reading Eagle that the renovation of this bridge will begin in the spring of 2018 at a cost of $1.1 million and lasting for 6 months.To increase the bridge's weight limit of 3 tons the floor will be reinforced with steel support beams covered in wood and bridge abutments will be removed and replaced with reinforced concrete with stone facing.By increasing the bridge's weight limit this will allow emergency vehicles and buses to traverse the structure if necessary.Despite some opposition to using steel reinforcements in historic bridges it is confirmed that these reinforcements do help the bridges remain stable for longer periods according to Fred j. Moll who is a historian of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society.A car breaking through the floor boards 4 years ago resulted in a monthlong closure and ensuing repairs.

Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge 38-06-07
Posted November 7, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11-7-16 PENNDOT and Berks County will conduct an open house and display plans on rehabilitation of this bridge which will include rehabilitation of the existing structure and all necessary roadway approach work.The meeting will be held on 11-22-16 between 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Greenwich Township Building which is located at 775 Old Rte.22 in Lenhartsville,Pa.I listed the date,time and location for the meeting in case anybody is interested.

Dreibelbis Station Bridge
Posted June 5, 2010, by Shirley Pisano (ubwell [at] aol [dot] com)

Please forward any specific historic information to me. On May 23, 2010 my granddaughter was married at the bridge. Red covered bridge, think the name is actually Dreibelbis Station Bridge. Near Reading Pa on the Tulpehocken Creek or River? ? area. The pictures are appreciated and so will any further information. Thanking you in advance.

Shirley Pisano