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Fishing Creek Bridge

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Widened on west side

All architectural details were lost when they widened the bridge

Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 05/11/2012

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BH Photo #231840

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Description 

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The bridge carries a 2 lane road with shoulders over a stream that is the north boundary of the Fort Hunter Historic District (NR-listed 1979). The district is significant as a military compound from the days of the French and Indian Wars through the Revolutionary War. The community prospered as a local center for commerce and agriculture through the 19th century. The district has an 18th and 19th century period of significance. The east bank of Fishing Creek is the district boundary, and thus the bridge is contiguous to but not within the boundaries. The bridge was not rated in the district nomination. At the northeast quadrant is a pre-1950 gas station that has been converted to a restaurant.

The single span, 40'-long bridge was built ca. 1875 as an approximately 15'-wide stone arch bridge. It was widened to the upstream side in 1923 with a reinforced concrete arch addition with paneled concrete parapet and pylons topped by globe luminaires to the widened side only. A large section of the downstream stone spandrel wall collapsed at a later unknown date and was replaced by concrete. The downstream stone parapet has been lost and replaced with a safety-shape concrete parapet (ca. 1985). Although built during the Fort Hunter Historic District's period of significance and continguous to the district boundary, the bridge lacks integrity of original design. It does not retain its ca. 1875 appearance from either elevation and has significant loss of original fabric. It is not individually distinguished and it is noncontributing to the district.

Facts 

Overview
Deck arch bridge over Fishing Creek on Sr 3009
Location
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1875; rehabilitated 1923/1985CA (on east end, widened with reinforced concrete arch, paneled concrete parapet and pylons topped by globe luminaires)
Design
Deck arch was stone now mostly concrete
Dimensions
Span length: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Deck width: 35.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.34339, -76.91003   (decimal degrees)
40°20'36" N, 76°54'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/337775/4467621 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisburg West
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
4,574
Inventory numbers
PA 22 3009 0210 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 14525 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 50853 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.4 (out of 100)
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Categories 

19th Century (6,743)
Arch (11,414)
Built 1875 (100)
Built during 1870s (977)
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (102)
Deck arch (10,654)
Have street view (24,713)
Open (38,022)
Owned by state (14,673)
Pennsylvania (4,732)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,533)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,437)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • April 9, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added category "Stone arch"
  • January 7, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description, design and history notes

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