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Wiconisco Creek Bridge



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The bridge carries a 2 lane road and a sidewalk over a stream on the northeast side of Lykens. North of the bridge are vacant lots. At the southeastern quadrant is a two-story cinderblock factory (ca. 1950), and at the southwestern quadrant are the concrete abutment and piers of a former railroad bridge. Approximately 300' to the south is a residential area of late 19th and early 20th century residences with alterations (replacement siding, windows, additions). The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district.

The single span, 70'-long, reinforced concrete deck arch bridge built in 1915 has paneled parapets. The end posts have metal light standards but the luminaires have been lost. A steel stringer sidewalk with a concrete deck and a chain link fence has been added to the upstream side (ca. 1950). The county-built bridge has no unusual or noteworthy features, and it is not an early or distinguished example of its type/design. Reinforced concrete arch bridges are common with more than 200 identified pre-1916 examples in the state. The bridge is not located in a potential historic district. It is not historically or technologically significant for its setting or context.


Lost concrete arch bridge over Wiconisco Creek on Arch Street
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1915; reconstructed 1950CA; replaced 1998
- C. M. Hershey (Country Engineer)
Closed-spandrel arch reinforced concrete
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.56833, -76.69667   (decimal degrees)
40°34'06" N, 76°41'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/356377/4492222 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
PA 22 7220 0707 3050 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 14723 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 41552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 24, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builders
  • January 7, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description