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Schwenk Mill Road Bridge in Hilltown Township

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Schwenk Mill Road Bridge -- August 2, 2009

Overview loking South

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #145212

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over East Branch Perkiomen Creek on Schwenk Mill Road in Hilltown Township
Location
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2011. Notice the The Intelligencer out of Doylestown, PA said today, Wednesday, July 24, 2013,that the bridge is now closed due to structural defects and will remain closed for about 10 months.
History
Built 1883 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.39000, -75.26000   (decimal degrees)
40°23'24" N, 75°15'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/477933/4471077 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Quakertown
Inventory numbers
PA 09 7009 0362 0240 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 07515 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30559 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2008)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
250

Categories 

19th Century (6,212)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania (200)
Built 1883 (129)
Built during 1880s (1,644)
Doomed (1,033)
NR-eligible (3,976)
One-lane traffic (7,429)
Open (36,837)
Owned by county (18,909)
Pennsylvania (4,389)
Pony truss (15,069)
Pratt pony truss (3,193)
Pratt truss (8,056)
Span length 75-100 feet (5,868)
Structurally deficient (18,541)
Total length 75-100 feet (5,987)
Truss (29,508)

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2015: Updated by Paul Cardie: Rehabilitated in 2014. New stringers, repairs to floor bearms and trusses, repair/reconstruction of mansonry, new deck.
  • July 19, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • August 14, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added photo. Added Hilltown Township to name and Overview.

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