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.
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.
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.
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.