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Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14

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Rapps Dam Covered Bridge - October 2006

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Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over French Creek on Rapps Dam Road in East Pikeland Townhip
Location
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1866; rehabilitated 1978
Builder
- Benjam F. Hastman
Design
Double Burr-arch truss (now supported by steel stringers)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 18, 1973
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13822, -75.55287   (decimal degrees)
40°08'18" N, 75°33'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/452902/4443245 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Phoenixville
Inventory numbers
PA 15 1049 0020 0759 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 73001608 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42749 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 68.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1992)
613

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • March 3, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 2, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info, street view & imported photo
  • June 9, 2009: Added by Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted June 4, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Zachary,

While I agree with you in principle, the rail infrastructure in this country is not what it once was. I can also speak from personal experience that rail shipment of moderate volume that is not cross country isn't worth the headache and doesn't generate a cost savings.

I think the solution has to be a GPS system for trucks.

Regards,

Art S.

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted June 4, 2014, by Zachary S

Absolutely unbelievable.

And people wonder why I'd rather see freight go by rail than cram the road with massive numbers of big menacing trucks. Just add things like this to the ol' list of reasons.

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted June 3, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted May 1, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Adding insult to injury (or at least more injury), now flood damage: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140501/rapps-dam-covered-bridge-sustains-storm-damage-penndot-assessing

Here's a nice summary of the situation:

http://northernchesco.does.co/breaking-rapps-dam-bridge-closed-indefinitely/

Luckily, it is a covered bridge so it will be restored, if it was an iron truss, it would be toast! (or undamaged...)

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted April 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted April 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge 38-15-14
Posted April 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The bridge was attacked and heavily damaged by a moron trucker:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140430_Tractor_trailer_smashes_Chesco_historic_covered_bridge.html

The dedication plaque was sticking out from between the cab and trailer when it was pulled over!

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge
Posted December 29, 2012, by Don Morrison
Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge
Posted December 29, 2012, by Ken (Fiveo [dot] 17 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The original dam is pretty much gone. On the south side o the bridge there is a parking area by the powder mill I surrounded by a fence. Follow the trail through the woods and the dam was back there. It is soon to be a walking trail.

Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge
Posted September 13, 2010, by linda (hardyk99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Do you know where the original Rapp's Dam is located?