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Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken Feb. 2007 by James H. Fox

BH Photo #108520

Map 

Street View 

Description 

One of five remaining covered wooden bridges in Berks County, the bridge is a contributing resource in the Oley Township Historic District. It is distinctive for its two-phase construction: an arch-stiffened pony truss completed in 1852 and covered by a different builder in 1856. With its three sets of stiffening arches, the bridge is a unique adaptation of Theodore's Burr's patented truss form.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Little Manatawny Creek on PA 1030 (Covered Bridge Road)
Location
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1852 as an uncovered bridge; covered in 1856
Builders
- David Renno (1852 superstructure)
- Jonathan Bitner (1856 modifications)
- Levi Marks (1852 substructure)
Design
Triple Burr arch truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 126.0 ft.
Total length: 142.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1981
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.37897, -75.73872   (decimal degrees)
40°22'44" N, 75°44'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/437292/4470082 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manatawny
Inventory numbers
NRHP 81000533 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 38-06-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
PA 06 1030 0080 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30411 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 22, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 3, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 2, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 26, 2007: Posted photos from James H. Fox

Sources 

  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • James H. Fox
  • HAER PA-491 - Pleasantville Covered Bridge, Spanning Little Manatawny Creek at Covered Bridge Road (State Route 1030), Manatawny vicinity, Berks County, PA
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • HAER PA-491 - Pleasantville Covered Bridge, Spanning Little Manatawny Creek at Covered Bridge Road (State Route 1030), Manatawny, Berks County, PA

Comments 

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted October 12, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tony,i have to agree about the headache bars doing their job,especially with this bridge.As for putting headache bars before the bridges a federal mandate would be good.The height restriction is a great idea but maybe make them more decorative so they don't detract from the actual bridge.Just an idea that could work.also don't forget the weight limit signs,especially for any truck over a certain weight like heavy box trucks or tractor-trailers.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted October 12, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see that the easily replaceable headache bars are doing their job.

How great would it be to have a federal mandate requiring headache bars on all historic bridges. Not only would it protect from overhead damage on thru trusses, but it would also thwart overweight vehicles on all.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted October 12, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Don't worry.No idiot truck drivers struck this bridge that i know of.I read an article about the area called Pleasantville in the local paper today and this bridge was mentioned.What was printed in the paper is that this bridge has the unusual distinction of being built in two stages because of the shortage of lumber following the great flood of 1850.This information is in a 1980 application prepared by the Berks County Conservancy for the bridge to be listed on the National Register.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 23,1981.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted February 2, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Read in Fridays local paper that this bridge is now re-opened after the safety/headache bar that was damaged has been replaced with reflective tape installed in the safety/headache bar.Warning signs about the height limit are posted but maybe idiots driving big trucks might have their own language because this bridge is running a high accident count with big or oversized trucks luckily only hitting the bars and not damaging the bridge which I hope never happens.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted January 28, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is a follow up article in todays paper concerning what I posted yesterday.Work is starting today to repair what the paper called the safety bar or as we know a headache bar on the south side of the bridge that was dislodged by a high profile vehicle.The bridge closed just after 7 a.m. Jan. 19 after an unidentified resident notified police that one of the two height-restriction bars was struck and blocking the bridge.This was declared last week by the county an emergency repair project according to the Berks County transportation planner.This repair should be finished by the end of the week.The $20,000 repair cost will cover damage to the safety bar and any other damages.Unfortunately no suspects are being sought because the driver fled the scene and no vehicle parts were left behind.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted January 27, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here we go again.Just saw a picture in todays local paper of the height restriction bar getting demolished.Don't know which entrance this happened at.Fortunately the bridge wasn't damaged.When the height restriction bar is repaired and the bridge is opened i'll post the information here.One question I have I have is why are idiots still trying to go over these covered bridges that evidently can't take the weight of trucks that are too heavy or too high for the bridge?

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 12, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tony,i totally agree.Makes you wonder if they got their CDL's at Wal-Mart instead of the DMV.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 11, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately George, it happens here in Indiana also... Waaay too much! Lotta people driving big trucks that are unqualified to do so!

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 11, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm not worried about it,Tony.At least they put height restriction bars up but like I said I can't believe truck drivers try and cross this bridge with over size and weight trucks.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 11, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Given the media's penchant for getting thing wrong I wouldn't be too concerned about it George.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 11, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question that maybe somebody can answer.I noticed the height on the height bar in the pictures and on street view was listed as 11 feet 3 inches.In the local paper it was listed as 10 feet 5 inches.When did they lower the height because I never heard of that?

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted July 10, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read an article that said this bridge will be closed for a couple of days after a garbage truck struck the height-restriction barrier.This was the second time within a week that the barrier was struck by a high-profile vehicle.The county was planning to repair damage from the first incident but before work could begin it was struck again.Trucks have damaged this bridge several times since it was reopened in 2004 after spending $2.2 million to rebuild this 126-foot-long span.Again,the posted height restriction is 10 feet 5 inches which is posted on the height restriction bar.I guess the question everybody has is why any high-profile truck is hitting this bridge?I just don't get it.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted November 6, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in today's paper that this bridge is reopened after damage to the height restriction bar was fixed.Goes to show how height restriction bars can come in handy when it comes to protecting both truss and covered bridges.By the way,the driver is still going to be cited and most likely have to pay for damages.

Pleasantville Covered Bridge 38-06-01
Posted November 2, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Read in this mornings local paper that this bridge is closed indefinitely due to a high profile truck hitting one of the height restriction barriers which also damaged the bridges abutments.The driver stopped and will be cited.As far as I know the covered bridge itself wasn't damaged.I'll let everybody know when I hear or read anything about this bridge.