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Market Street Bridge

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Market Street Bridge, Harrisburg, PA

night view of Market Street Bridge from east bank

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in May 2009

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BH Photo #140600

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Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Sixteen-span concrete arch bridge over East Channel Susquehanna River on Market Street (PA 3012) in Harrisburg
Location
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1928
Builders
- James McGraw Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Builder)
- Modjeski & Masters of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Designer)
- Paul Philippe Cret (Designer)
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 1,415.1 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Recognition
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
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 (as of 12/2008)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
13,091

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

  • 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