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Market Street Bridge


Market Street Bridge, Harrisburg, PA

night view of Market Street Bridge from east bank

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in May 2009


BH Photo #140600



The river crossing where the bridge now stands had historically been the western gateway into Harrisburg. For over a century, spans here were operated by the Harrisburg Bridge Company, including the first bridge, the famous Camel Back covered bridge designed by Theodore Burr. Because the bridge was a toll crossing, the construction sequence was designed to interrupt traffic as little as possible and therefore maintain toll revenues. The present bridge, designed by engineers Modjeski and Masters and architect Paul Philippe Cret, serves as a monumental entrance to Pennsylvania's capital city. The Market Street Bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Sixteen-span concrete arch bridge over East Channel Susquehanna River on Market Street (PA 3012) in Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1928
- James McGraw Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Builder)
- Modjeski & Masters of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Designer)
- Paul Philippe Cret (Designer)
- The Harrisburg Bridge Company
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 1,415.1 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.25500, -76.88611   (decimal degrees)
40°15'18" N, 76°53'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/339597/4457766 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisburg West
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
PA 22 3012 0030 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000759 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 14531 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 22, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added category "The Harrisburg Bridge Company"
  • February 10, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 5, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 12, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • June 2, 2013: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • May 26, 2013: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • October 8, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • July 30, 2010: New photo from Daniel Hopkins
  • May 25, 2009: New photo from Bob Morgan


  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-455 - Market Street Bridge, Spanning East channel of Susquehanna River at Market Street (State Route 3012), Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com