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Landenberg Road Bridge

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Landenberg Rd Bridge-- closed condition

What's visible of Landenberg Rd. Bridge showing overgrowth-- shot from the east side of bridge looking west

Photo taken by Frank Danberg in August 2008

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BH Photo #134256

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Description 

Because of its architectural features, the Landenberg Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. However, a PennDOT inspection in the summer of 1999 found that the bridge had undergone serious structural deterioration, and it was immediately closed to traffic. Due to local opposition to widening the bridge, replacement did not begin until 2009, after a compromise was reached to reuse elements of the old bridge in the replacement span and to construct the new span no wider than the roadway. Doing this meant that New Garden Township had to agree to assume control of maintaining the bridge from PennDOT, due to the bridge being narrower than what state design specifications required. The bridge was removed from the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 2010 as the truss system changed from being functional on the original span to ornamental on the new span, which is a simple concrete beam bridge. The new span opened to traffic on July 25, 2010. [From Wikipedia]

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over East Branch White Clay Creek on Landenberg Road
Location
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to all traffic
History
Built 1899 by the Schuylkill Bridge Co.; Closed 1999; Rebuilt 2010
Builder
- Schuylkill Bridge Co.
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 79.1 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.77802, -75.77125   (decimal degrees)
39°46'41" N, 75°46'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/433953/4403404 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Grove
Inventory numbers
PA 15 3024 0050 0149 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000804 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 45656 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30668 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
723

Update Log 

  • October 5, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 7, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 3, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 25, 2009: New photos from Frank Danberg

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Comments 

Landenberg Road Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Landenberg Road Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Rush Wickes (theroadfan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Landenberg Road bridge reopened to traffic in May, 2010. The original trusses were preserved for ornamental purposes.

Landenberg Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2010, by D. Clement (wraith6988 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed by the state in 1999. Been closed FAR too long.

Landenberg Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2009, by Frank Danberg

This bridge is currently in design and will be replaced. Construction should begin in 2009 or 2010. The old truss frame will be incorporated into the new bridge and used in an ornamental fashion to provide a similar visual look. The photos are from summer 2008, obviously before construction. This bridge has been closed for at least 4 years. There was so much overgrowth that it was difficult to take a photo showing the structure (apologies for that).