Old Bridgetown Pike Bridge -- September 13, 2009
Side view from new bridge
Photo taken by Raymond Klein
BH Photo #146529
does anyone know of the current status of this bridge?please let me know.thanks.
Uh-oh. Somebody corrected the coordinates. Now the PennDOT Bridge Police won't be searching for it in the middle of a subdivision anymore. If they find it, it'll be gone!
(Maybe they're not looking here.)
Shhhhhhhhh.......don't let PennDOT hear you Nathan! This was probably just a clerical error and Senator Stout may be monitoring this site for subversion.
At least the coordinates were only 4.5 miles off. There's a bunch of Pennsylvania bridges with NBI coordinates that put them in the middle of New Jersey. (And don't get me started about Missouri, which has a couple of bridges with a longitude that puts them in *Africa*.)
What's this?! A historic truss bridge in Pennsylvania left standing next to its replacement?! How on earth did this happen?! While many states do this to preserve bridges, Pennsylvania almost always insists that a historic bridge be demolished even if it is not in the way of its replacement.
The coordinates have been fixed by the way. The error noted originally was because the coordinates were taken from the National Bridge Inventory. PennDOT does a terrible job at recording accurate coordinates to the NBI database.
The coordinates for this bridge are HIGHLY inaccurate. I visited the site today walked the bridge and used my portable Magellan GPSr to record the correct coordinates. The accurate coordinates, up to +/1 one foot accuracy are:
N 40° 11.353 W 74° 55.675
I recorded my coordinates from the center of the bridge.
The posted coordinates you have are 4.56 miles from the actual bridge. If you use GoogleEarth to observe your posted coordinates, you will see it is for a building, hardly a bridge!