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Main Street Bridge


Main Street Bridge -- August 21, 2009

Overview of Main Street Looking North

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #145652

Street View 


Pony truss bridge over SEPTA Bethlehem Branch on Main Street in Sellersville
Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Closed August 19, 2019 for either rehabilitation or replacement
Built 1927; closed for rehab or replacement Aug. 2019
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Howe pony truss
Length of largest span: 134.8 ft.
Total length: 137.1 ft.
Deck width: 30.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.36167, -75.31167   (decimal degrees)
40°21'42" N, 75°18'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/473537/4467946 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 09 4013 0110 1126 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 07383 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30534 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 70 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge closed for either rehab or replacement
  • August 14, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builter.
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added builder
  • July 13, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • June 22, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • August 24, 2009: New photos from Raymond Klein


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV


SEPTA - Main Street Bridge
Posted November 1, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I found out from an article on Facebook that this bridge was reopened this past week after completion of a rehabilitation project.There was no mention of what work was performed on the bridge.

Main Street Bridge
Posted August 20, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In the same article I read the bridge rehabilitation involves removing the concrete deck,sidewalks and pedestrian railings in order to repair,strengthen and paint the single-span pony truss.The bridge deck,sidewalks,and abutment back walls will be replaced and the pedestrian railings will be repaired,reinforced and reinstalled.I don't remember seeing it but this bridge is posted with a 15 ton limit.

Main Street Bridge
Posted August 20, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Found an article in the Perkasie News-Herald stating that this bridge closed on 8/19/19 until 10/1920.Loftus Construction Co was warded the $4,695,000 contract.Like I said earlier I am familiar with the detours being Rtes 152,309 and 563.If Alexander wouldn't have mentioned this bridge closure I wouldn't have ever found out about it so I give my thanks to Alexander.Weird thing that they mentioned was that SEPTA owns the tracks which they stopped passenger service many years ago and now it's only a freight line that deadends in Quakertown.I thought Norfolk/Southern or East Penn owns the rail tracks which would make sense.

Main Street Bridge
Posted August 20, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks to Alexander I looked this bridge closure up and see the bridge is being rehabbed rather than replaced which is good to know.I am originally from Quakertown and know this bridge very well.I don't see any problems with detours around this bridge being that I've driven over most of the roads around the bridge.

Main Street Bridge
Posted July 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All that article is saying is PennDOT will conduct Section 106 which will consider rehabilitation, but also replacement. We all know what the usual outcome of Section 106 in Pennsylvania, and its NOT rehabilitation.

Main Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

PennDOT and Historically Significant...

Now there's two things I never expected to hear in the same sentence...

Main Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is looking to be rehabilitated. Here's from an article from last year:

The other bridge to be updated along Main Street crosses over SEPTA tracks. The 1927 truss bridge is 137 feet long and was built by the Reading Railroad Co. It is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, posted with a 15-ton weight restriction.

“That doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, but it’s in need of attention,” said Gene Blaum, a PennDOT spokesman. “That’s the purpose of the project.”

PennDOT has determined the bridge is historically significant and contributes to Sellersville’s historic district, Fellin said.

Because of this, the department first must look at whether the bridge can be rehabilitated and get input from the public before proceeding, he added.

“If it can’t be rehabbed, we will be replacing it with something aesthetically pleasing,” Fellin said.

PennDOT expects to know whether the bridge over the railroad will be rehabilitated or replaced next year. Actual construction on the bridge wouldn’t begin until 2017 or after.