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Posted December 10, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are right,Dana and Kay.Being from Bucks County I am familiar with Lehigh County.

Posted December 10, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Clark, Lehigh PA county appears to be FULL of small span Tee Beems. Added just a few that I liked. I know they can be debated as to inclusion. PA Concrete workers seem to have put a touch of art into their work 1910s to 1920s.

Posted December 10, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Upvote for the unusual railing.

Posted December 6, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle cracks were found along with crumbling concrete with exposed rebar.I did report in a prior post about seeing cracks in the bridge.Now comes the fun part.An engineering company will inject penetrating sealant into the cracks.I didn't know this but the cost for this bridge project went over budget by $3.2 million.Luckily PennDOT picked up the cost.

Posted December 5, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle cracks were found along with crumbling concrete with exposed rebar.I did report in a prior post about seeing cracks in the bridge.Now comes the fun part.An engineering company will inject penetrating sealant into the cracks.I didn't know this but the cost for this bridge project went over budget by $3.2 million.Luckily PennDOT picked up the cost.

Posted December 5, 2017, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 12/5/17 officials will celebrate the 150th anniversary of this bridge.An official citation from the state house will be unveiled.According to the article this bridge is 204 feet long,was built in 1867 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.This bridge is the longest single-spanned covered bridge in Pa and is one of only five covered bridges remaining in Berks County.

Starrucca Viaduct (Pennsylvania)
Posted December 3, 2017, by John Gillan (jgillan1066 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm amazed that anyone would rate this historic masterpiece at anything less than 5 stars. A lovely, massive bridge in a lovely setting. Well worth a long trip.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Brian Manville

New photos added!

Frye Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 29, 2017, by Scott Barton (DocAtlas [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One minor correction needs to be made; this bridge hasn't existed for decades. It was probably torn down shortly after its closing. I'm glad I found this site; after living in Rochest for nearly 60 years, I finally know the name of the bridge I used to frequently cross when I was a child.

Posted November 24, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Source material which cites the Permanant Bridge as being "Remodelled" in 1850

Proceedings of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, Volume 34 Published in 1917

http://tiny.cc/ivu3oy

Elizabeth Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 23, 2017, by Eric (ericj2779 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is a truss bridge. With an arch for good looks.

Posted November 21, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

I shared Palmer's own words on the permanence of impermanence in this blog entry - https://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/at-the-beginni...

And this bridge was not lost to fire, it was removed for the rise of its arches being inappropriate for the railway its replacement would share with highway traffic.

Posted November 20, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A little history might put the name in perspective... "Permanent Bridge" was a sort of buzz word in the 19th and very early 20th Century, and was used to contrast well-built bridges with the often very primitive structures (in the 19th century, these were often timber trestle-like structures) that might only last a few years before collapsing or being washed away by floods. In the early 20th Century Daniel Luten also used the term to contrast his concrete bridges with metal truss bridges.

Posted November 20, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree,Ed.Nothing is permanent except space.This bridge should be entered in with the Market Street Bridge which it became eventually.

Posted November 19, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I learned from my Father that nothing is more permanent than a temporary building. Maybe it works the other way for bridges? Nothing is more temporary than a permanent bridge.

Posted November 19, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This must have been the precursor to the Market Street Bridge which is there now.

Posted November 19, 2017, by Anonymous

The irony of this bridge's name is amazing.

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 18, 2017, by wondering

..............Bridge update?.......

Posted November 15, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The project includes roadway reconstruction along with sidewalk and curb replacement,new inlets and drainage and the milling and resurfacing of parts of Route 183 and West Green Street.

Posted November 15, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11/15/17 PennDOT unveiled plans at an open house Tuesday to replace this bridge which is structurally deficient according to PennDOT.Displays showing diagrams of the bridge,construction work and detours were presented.The work is expected to cost between $4 million to $5 million.The bridge will be 5 feet higher to accommodate taller trains and to bring it up to today's standards.Work is scheduled to start in the fall of 2019 and end in the fall of 2020.The project also includes roadway construction.

Posted November 13, 2017, by Luke
Posted November 13, 2017, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Was there no crossing here prior to Interstate 80?

Posted November 10, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just found something out about this bridge while reading an article in todays Reading Eagle about the Bingaman Street Bridge being designated for a military unit.In the article it mentions that this bridge is designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.Never knew that.

Posted November 10, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11/10/17 a ceremony was held and a plaque unveiled designating this bridge as the name of the military unit i mentioned in the last post.I might have erred saying the bridge will be renamed which is untrue.This bridge still retains its name but is designated honoring the military unit I mentioned in the last post.

Posted November 7, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Reading Eagle printed another article today concerning the open house they are having on replacement of this bridge.The article is exact,word for word.

Klopp Road Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 4, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] coma)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11/4/17 the pre-cast for the head and end walls will now be completed by McCarthy Engineering of Wyomissing Pa,not Reamstown Excavating of Denver Pa,which is doing the project.It was decided to make the switch after Reamstown Excavating said that it would take six to eight weeks for the fabrication of the walls,while McCarthy said that it could be done in two to three weeks.The work will cost between

$1000 and $1,500.The cost of the work will be deducted from what the board is going to pay Reamstown Excavating for the overall project,which was $71,163.

Posted November 4, 2017, by George oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11/3/17 a ceremony will be held next week to rename this bridge the 65th U.S.Infantry Regiment"The Borinqueneers"Memorial Bridge.This is to honor the all Latino unit that served in both world wars and the Korean War.As far as I'm concerned I see no problem with this that my family members served honorably and these guys deserve recognition.

Posted October 31, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 10/31/17 PennDOT is scheduling an Open House Plans Display regarding replacement of this bridge on 11/14/17 from 6 to 8 PM in the Council Chambers Room In Reading City Hall.I have been over and under this bridge and never noticed any deterioration.Of course anything can happen with concrete.Maybe i might have to go check the bridge out being i live in Reading.If and when i do i'll post it here.

Lehigh Tunnel (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 31, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember travelling through this tunnel when it was one lane each way in the original tunnel.Sure was hell with accidents and break downs.Now thank god there's better ventilation and two lanes north and south bound.Also in the wintertime when it would be sunny on the south side of the tunnel there would be a snowstorm on the north side.Weird but true.

Posted October 31, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember driving over this bridge when i used to travel to upstate New York for salmon fishing and to a friends house in Susquehanna Pa.The only time i was really scared was when they had cattleshutes on this bridge and i had to race a tractor-trailer to them on the northbound side.As you can see i'm still here in one piece.

Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 29, 2017, by george Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] coma)

as per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 10/29/17 starting 10/30/17 work gets underway to replace this bridge.Starting 10/30/17 Wall street Will be closed between Water street and Chestnut Street/Railroad Avenue through December 2018.A temporary pedestrian bridge will allow pedestrian access during construction.This bridge is a concrete arch bridge originally constructed in 1915 and reconstructed in 1969.It is 213 feet long and 24 feet wide.The new bridge will be a 214 feet long,40 feet wide,prestressed concrete bulb T-beam bridge.The bridge has an average daily traffic volume of 7,546 vehicles. J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen,Chester County,is the general contractor on the nearly $4.8 million project that is expected to be complete by May 2019.All facts in this article about the bridge are from the newspaper,not me.

Posted October 28, 2017, by Luke

"University Avenue Bridge opens for barges guided by tugboats at an average rate of once a day."

http://uchs.net/HistoricDistricts/uavebridge.html

Posted October 28, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I see the traffic lights are still existing on his antique bascule bridge, but I still have one question. Are you sure this drawbridge still operates?

Posted October 24, 2017, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo 2 is of the Fort Jenkins Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/pa/luzerne/fort-jenkins/

Posted October 23, 2017, by John szympruch (jszympruch [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I ran many trains thru these tunnels and over this bridge. Such a beautiful track thru the Penns Woods.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Julie.That's what it looked like to me.

Posted October 19, 2017, by Anonymous

I believe there is a mistake on this bridge. Its deck width has been placed at 124 feet. In reality, however, it is just a single-lane covered bridge.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 18, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep just down the creek is a railroad bridge.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for identifying the bridge.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 18, 2017, by Luke
Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley492yahoo [dot] com)

I just noticed something.If you look at the satellite picture of this bridge and look to the right,it looks like a railroad bridge crosses this creek also.Just a guess but anything is possible.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Bob Forrester (rmoribayashi [at] gmail [dot] com)

The reason ADT on Fisher's Lane Bridge went from 3100 to 50 was the closing of the southern end of Fisher's Lane by the year 2000. The lane had been an unusual inner city scenic shortcut during the day but the narrow roadway, poor lighting and winding path made "Snake Road", as it was locally called, a popular site for late night joyriding. Despite the closing it is still a magnet for automobile crashes and fatalities, one as recently as 2015.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Bob Forrester (rmoribayashi [at] gmail [dot] com)

The original bridge was demolished and replaced in the 1970's

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was a celebration of new and old bridges in Carlisle on Friday. Note the irony of the PennDOT engineer speaking. I won't blow it. It says a lot however.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0xsghUTwM8

Photo from Cumberland County

Posted October 17, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great idea PennDOT using the ABC idea Don.I hope they use it on all concrete bridges that should be replaced.I just hope they leave the truss bridges alone.

Posted October 14, 2017, by Don Morrison

yep, George. it's called ABC - Accellerated Bridge Construction.

Here's the page from PA Turnpike, and they include a video animation of the fast bridge replacement process from Michigan DOT.

https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/accelerated_bridge_constru...

Posted October 14, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was visiting my fiancee Ann in Reading Hospital this morning and saw on the news that this bridge is being replaced this weekend actually having started on Friday.The Northeast Extension will open back up on Monday according to the news from the Allentown exit to the Mahoning Valley exit.Also they showed that the bridge is coming in already preformed which will speed up the replacement.I never knew this was possible with today's bridges.

Posted October 14, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now that a traffic light has been installed, vehicles will no longer need to stop at the electrical sign and vehicles will now only stop at the drawbridge gates.

Posted October 11, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just looked on youtube,Charles.The video is still there for the Shuman Tunnel.If you look closely at the video it will show you exactly where the railroad right of way and the tunnel are.Good luck and be careful if you go into the tunnel.

Posted October 11, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I've been fighting that 40 ton fight for many years... supposedly the new bridge management plan being developed is encouraging future projects to consider rehab for less than 40 tons where realistic. As you note many crossings don't really seem to "need" 40 tons.

Pennsylvania loves its metal grate decks. I have no idea why, any more than I know why Ohio loves its timber decks with asphalt wearing surfaces. Decks that provide a solid roadway with a full drainage system protect the bridge to the greatest degree, but may be more costly and higher in dead load as well. Metal grate decks do not deflect salt at all, but they also don't need to be snowplowed.

Posted October 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan:

Thanks for attaching those links. They were very informative. I was unaware of that 40 ton restriction. I can understand why that's necessary on a major highway, but it seems a bit overkill for a small street that leads into a park. Ambulances and small commercial vehicles are going to be significantly less than than 40 tons in weight.

It seems to me that a lot of bridges seem to get declared unsafe or downgraded due to deterioration on the deck stringers of the bottom chords where salt and water are often present. That is what happened to the Willard Bridge in Kansas. Salt was being tracked onto the bridge where it fell through the metal grate deck and right onto the stringers near each end of the bridge.

Posted October 10, 2017, by Charles Harris (uluhao [at] hawaiiantel [dot] net)

Crossed this bridge 2 weeks ago looking for the railroad grade. Beautiful location. The road goes on up into SGL 58 then stops. Does any one know why this bridge was built? Was it to service the railroad. 1905 is a long time ago.

I'd love to know....

Posted October 9, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am attaching the PennDOT Rehab feasibility report as well as a letter I submitted about the project too. Note the Project Purpose and Need section of PennDOT's report. Those were basically the reasons given. All Section 106 Docs can be viewed by the public here: https://search.paprojectpath.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?Project...

The truss was deteriorated, but certainly feasible to rehab. One of the challenges I note in Pennsylvania is a refusal by PennDOT or local governments to own bridges that are not open to vehicular traffic. Further, the 40 ton requirement is typical for vehicular crossings. Most of these bridges after proper restoration should offer 15-20 tons. But sadly not 40 tons.

Posted October 9, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I mentioned the replacement of this bridge this coming weekend on the forum page.I didn't look for the listing on the Lehigh County site.

3rd Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 5, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,i should have looked on the Lehigh County map and looked for this bridge before posting that article but didn't.Anyway,there are a couple of things that are weird about this.I've been on bike paths and trails that went under bridges and saw that the arches were high and wide enough for police and emergency vehicles.It was unusual for me to find out the driver couldn't get the car through the tunnel.Then again,i don't know the width of the tunnel.Maybe somebody from the area does know the width.That would explain that.Also,i followed the bike path off of Hill Road and estimated he had to be on that bike path for quite a distance without anybody seeing him and how he got on the bike path is another question i'm wondering.Most bike paths i know are gated.Thanks for posting that response,Dana and Kay.I noticed a closed truss bridge over the Lehigh Canal on Hill Road.Is this bridge on Bridgehunters?

Posted October 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, I'm trying to make some sense of the idea that this bridge might be in danger of demolition. It looks to me that this bridge gave access to a park and it has been bypassed by a modern bridge already.

In addition, this is an uncommon example of a Camelback Truss. It is also a relatively rare example of a pre 1900 Parker Truss. Furthermore, it was built by a regional bridge company that has relatively few examples of its work left. To make matters even more interesting, it has some really nice portal bracing and an ornate plaque.

Based on the photos I have seen, this bridge does not look like it's beyond restorable. Yes it might need a little work but I can't see why it could not be fixed up in order to carry bicycles and pedestrians in and out of the park.

Am I missing something here? Is this bridge really scheduled for demolition? Is there a reason why it needs to be demolished? This one looks like a prime candidate for restoration not demolition.

3rd Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 4, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

George this might be bike path area really interesting Luten Arch Bridge old canal tow path and RR bridge.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Hemi (528hemihead528 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have to correct the "Description" posted here on Sand Patch Tunnel. I grew up not far from the Eastern Portal, in Hyndman, PA, and true fact is, the first bore was done in soft ground, therefore kept collapsing shut.... The 1871 Tunnel was closed due to this, and moved to the Northeast location where the NEW "current" tunnel is, with a Tunnel portal front on the West portal 475 feet in-set from the old Tunnels location. The old Tunnel was NOT closed due to a choice in "Double Tracking" the tunnel at all. The old Tunnel was closed as it was seriously Dangerous for anyone to be inside of it..... Due to unstable ground, and train traffic and size.... Portions of that old original Tunnel still exist to this day! You can see some of it, if you know what your looking for and where!

Posted September 21, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/21/17 3 juveniles were charged with hurling rocks from this overpass and the Power Drive overpass,state police said Wednesday.The youths were charged with propulsion of missiles,simple assault,reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.The names,ages and genders were withheld due to them being juveniles.All 3 vehicles windshields were struck by rocks,2 being cars and a tractor trailer.Total damages was estimated at $2000.

Posted September 21, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes,Dana and Kay.This bridge is a N/S bridge.It is on this line that i saw freight being delivered by N/S engines.

Posted September 20, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

George would this also be NSRR?

Posted September 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/18/17 objects were thrown from this bridge and also the Power Drive overpass on I-78 over the weekend.A tractor trailer was hit by an object thrown from this bridge at 3 a.m. Saturday hitting the windshield with no injuries.On Sunday at 2:30 a.m. rocks were hurled from the Power Drive overpass hitting 2 cars.The impact punctured the front windshield and damaged the undercarriage of a westbound car.The second westbound car sustained damage to the front windshield and a flat tire.No injuries were reported with these incidents.I print this because this just goes to show how dangerous the roads can be,especially around bridges where idiots can hide and throw objects at cars and trucks not caring what happens next.Hopefully these idiots as i call them do get caught because they could have possibly killed someone.If i read or hear of anything further on these incidents i will post them here.

Posted September 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke.I just happened to look at the picture and also on streetview and noticed the different wording on the bridge.Didn't know that was the original name.

Posted September 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,i wanted to mention that there is another railroad bridge further down Huller Lane from this underpass.That bridge i am pretty sure is a N/S bridge.I'm thinking this because i have seen N/S engines and freight on the rail line i'm talking about and i don't think that bridge is on Bridgehunters.

Posted September 20, 2017, by Luke
Posted September 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a question.If you look at the picture of this bridge,you will see Blue Mountain & Reading on it,not RBMN.Are they one and the same railroad?

Posted September 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,i just looked at the overpass over Rte 222 and that is listed as RBMN railroad.That overpass is on the same rail line as this underpass which means this is RBMN,not N/S like i thought.

Posted September 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No,Dana and Kay Klein.I wasn't sure if the underpass was on here but you do have it right.This underpass being hit could have been avoided if the idiot trucker would have stayed on Rte. 61 and made a right or left into the company he was delivering to instead of doing what he did.By the way,the company he was delivering to was Brenntag North America,Inc.So you can see what i mean on the map.

Posted September 19, 2017, by David Case

This bridge is like a miniature of the Big Four Bridge. Large bridges dedicated strictly for trail use are rare, so I really enjoyed crossing this one.

Wiley's Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Only time will tell,Tony.I'll let you know if i read or hear anything.

Posted September 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

George looks like one I added in March. Have I got RR Wrong? Dana

Wiley's Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 18, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's great to hear that things might hopefully be looking up for this beautiful structure, and that there is local interest in saving it in place! Now let's just hope PennDOT gets on board and it comes to fruition!!

Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/18/17 a prefabricated metal pedestrian bridge is set to go in soon at this location.A large granite marker and the brass markers from the old bridge will be donated to the Leesport Area Historical Society.The bridge work is a PennDOT project.

Wiley's Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My goofup on the double posting.Duh!

Wiley's Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/18/17 Berks County has sent a letter to PennDOT for a grant to rehabilitate this bridge.When i hear or read more i will post it here.

Wiley's Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 18, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/18/17 Berks County has sent a letter to PennDOT for a grant to rehabilitate this bridge.When i hear or read more i will post it here.

Posted September 15, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the new pictures, Brian. This is one of my favorite bridges on the site. Sad to see it deteriorating, as your pics make it seem the beams are starting to rust pretty bad.

Posted September 13, 2017, by Banks/Collins/Gabriel/Hackett/Rutherford

666 is no longer alone

He's getting out the marrow in your backbone

And the seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll

Gonna blow right down inside your soul

Pythagoras with the looking glass reflects the full moon

In blood, he's writing the lyrics of a brand-new tune

Posted September 12, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Don for all of your help on these 2 bridges.Like i told Dana And Kay i can't believe they're replacing the bridge on the Northeast Extension.

Posted September 12, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,i have been over this bridge on I-476 but never on Crackersport rd.This bridge didn't look to me to be needing to be replaced.Then again,i don't work for PennDOT.Thanks for finding out about this bridge,Dana and Kay.

Posted September 11, 2017, by Glen Frey

There she stood in the doorway;

I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself

'This could be heaven or this could be Hell'

Posted September 11, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

George, Don is the bridge Titan on this one. Crackersport road view has interesting additions to ,I'm assuming control concrete spalling. looks like banding on columns and wood bottom decking. 50's and 60's stringers are disappearing in PA. Was in PA not to long back and got a few shots of a 1966 stringer, had interesting railing and while not hugely rare was going to be gone in a week. Might be less than historic or notable but the fact of being gone is hard to dispute! Shout out to Don, YOU ROCK DUDE!

Posted September 11, 2017, by Don Morrison

George;

It seems that I was wrong about the Beaver River bridge. That is not the weekend replacement project.

The weekend replacement is a 1951 box beam over Brush Creek at milepost 20.47.

Posted September 11, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Don for answering that question about the Beaver County bridge being replaced.Now if i could only just find out which bridge on the Northeast Extension around Allentown is being replaced then both questions will be answered.

Posted September 10, 2017, by Don Morrison

This is the bridge George mentioned that is being replaced, near exit 13 (milepost T13.21). Also, 3 overpasses and a culvert are being or have been replaced between mile 12 and mile 14.

https://www.patpconstruction.com/mp12to14/overview.asp

Posted September 8, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates, but it's now replaced with a non-movable bridge.

Posted September 5, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 9/2/17 this bridge will be demolished starting this week as of Tuesday.The demolition will happen between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.Detours will be posted and delays expected while the demolition occurs.If i hear of anything further i will post it.

Posted September 2, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

would be good for Eclipse pictures!

Rt219- Powers Run (Pennsylvania)
Posted September 2, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

1956 Stringer but will be gone next week.....

Memorial Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted August 28, 2017, by Anne Thomas (feralcatfriend [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge is being demolished and replaced. The eastbound half was gone when I took pictures on August 26, 2017.

Posted August 23, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks for responding about this bridge,Anonymous.Sad to hear they will replace this bridge next year.I've had many good memories fishing above,under and below this truss bridge.Let me know if you can if they'll replace this with a truss bridge or a boring concrete bridge.

Posted August 23, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,thanks for responding about this bridge.I agree with you by looking at it and having been in the area that the bridge doesn't look like it has to be replaced.Tony,you mentioned maybe straightening out Camp Wawa Rd which would be very hard to do being that the bridge is at the bottom of the hill.I don't think the township or state want to bother moving or straightening this road because of the light traffic that uses this road and bridge.Maybe they'll have a change of heart by 2018 or whenever they start thinking about what to do with this bridge.

Posted August 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Decking, stringers and even floor beams are easily replaced. The grate flooring is definitely not original and rest may not be as well. The ADT count is at the top end of Low Volume and doesn't warrant replacement. But even if they are Hell bent on a new bridge they could easily straighten the road out and leave the old one standing next to it.

Posted August 22, 2017, by Anonymous

I don't personally think it needs to be replaced. All I could find on the township website was that they hope to start as soon as 2018, but it could be a few years away. However, it appears as though the nearby Bergey's Mill Bridge will be replaced starting in 2018, sadly.

Posted August 22, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just looked on street view and saw this bridge was replaced.Didn't know they finally tore this bridge down.

Posted August 22, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anonymous,does this bridge really need to be replaced?Didn't look too bad when i used to fish there but of course i'm going back more than 10 years.Did they give a start date for the replacement of this bridge in 2018?

Posted August 22, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I looked at the article and noticed something Anonymous.All of these contracts were for engineering services,not replacement costs.Those contracts will probably be a lot higher than what's printed in the article.Besides,it will be quite awhile before these bridges are replaced.Doesn't happen overnight,you know?

Posted August 21, 2017, by Anonymous

Now the township plans to start construction of a new bridge as early as 2018. I was there not too long ago. From what I could tell, it was only the lattice decking that was unsafe; it is rusting and there are large areas of thin, rotted metal. I don't think this is too hard to replace, however, but I could be wrong.

Posted August 21, 2017, by Anonymous

Take a look at this:

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinetimes/news/montgome...

According to this article, this bridge has a planned replacement. According to the Lower Salford Township website, this bridge and the nearby Camp Wawa Road Bridge are due to start construction "sometime in 2018".

"If you wish to contact a member of the Montgomery County Roads & Bridges, their direct number is: 610-278-3612."

Posted August 21, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/20/17 work has started today on this bridge which is expected to last until late October.As i mentioned in an earlier post this bridge is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.To see the 558 bridges and to learn more about the project,visit www.parapidbridges.com.I posted the website if anybody is curious about this bridge project Pa is running.