As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/21/17 the Berks County commissioners Thursday finalized a contribution to help rehabilitate this bridge.The county will provide $259,925 to the about $650,000 project for this bridge.This decision was made to ensure that heavy trash-hauling trucks can continue to access the Western Berks landfill.Me personally,i don't care if they never fix this bridge because nobody lives on Poplar Neck Road and i hate landfills.They serve no purpose and mostly everything that goes into them can be recycled.If people think i'm lying,i'm not.I actually worked in a landfill.That's my opinion on this bridge.
The tunnel is currently used to store road salt, and is unlikely to become part of the parallel Montour Trail. That trail uses the adjacent road tunnel, colloquially called Corvette Tunnel.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/19/17 the warning sign about this bridge being closed has been replaced and affixed to a large metal barricade.Also it was reported motorists are being routed onto this bridge by GPS.No wonder that rig got where he was,i'll bet.
That's it,Dana and Kay.Thanks for putting it on Bridgehunters.I sort of know what they mean by the escrow but put it on here anyway.It is irrelevant,though.
George this may be bridge in Reading Eagle but not sure how man hole escrow fits in.
Here is a recent image from my ride on 7/7/17
Ed Believe you are correct, check out view 5. Awesome eye for detail!
I just saw a picture of this bridge in the Reading Eagle in the past few days that showed it is still closed.Haven't heard anything about this bridge via the newspaper or local radio.When i do hear anything i will print it here.
April,do you know when and why they removed this bridge?I lived in Lansdale and for the world of me i can't remember this bridge.Of course,alot of times alcohol blurred my vision.I do remember the Philadelphia Folk Festival.Never went to it but fished the Perkiomen Creek near where that bridge was.That's why i would like to know why they removed it if a trail is there.
Bridge has been removed.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/10/17 renovation of this bridge has been delayed.No notification has been given why.When i find out i will post any information i get.By the way,the article in the paper lists the length of this bridge as 172 feet,not 168 feet.Don't know which length is right.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/9/17 the Cumru Township Commissioners will be holding a special meeting on Monday,July 10,2017 at 5:30 p.m. to consider bids for repair of this bridge.Sort of short notice,wouldn't you say?
I don't think this is a Chessie tunnel, it's a B&O tunnel. Part of the B&O Railroad's Wheeling Pittsburgh Subdivision. This is Hempfield Tunnel #3 aka Fox Tunnel
Nathan - You make a great point. The thing that annoys me is that PennDOT will replace this bridge with their generic bridge with no character or visual appeal.
The old bridge could be used as a fishing pier, photographic spot, tourist attraction, whatever. Granted, US 62 is pretty scenic in that area, but why not leave the bridge there for a nice visual?
Originally, this bridge was for the P&LE Broadford Branch opened in 1883. The last rail ran across it in 1921 and the became a pedestrian bridge to for employees of the A. Overholt & Co. Distillery on the east shore of the Youghiogheny to travel to and from their homes in Adelaide on the west shore. At some point the original railroad bed was replaced by a suspension bridge, the remains of which are seen today. The bridge was abandoned in 1945. The Overholt Distillery was closed in the late 50s when it was bought out by Jim Beam, who still produces "Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey" in Kentucky.
This information was directly copied from Kordite. I'm surprised that he never added it to this page.
This is a very old drawbridge, but I think it maybe time to rebuild this bridge. But does this old drawbridge still operate?
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/3/17 the Cumru Township Board of Commissioners will be holding a special meeting on Thursday,July 6,2017 at 6:00 p.m. to consider bids for repair of the Poplar Neck Bridge over the Schuylkill River.
Actually, there are parts of PA that do try hard to save them.
I'm surprised at where the bridge is being preserved; is my understanding that the historic portions (the trusses, which have been decorative for many years, apparently) were going to be preserved elsewhere.
Pennsylvania... restoring a bridge???
This bridge is closed was closed this past winter as it is getting a replacement. The bridge was moved over to the Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates farm where restoration will be done sometime down the road. This bridge has caused some local controversy a few years before it got replaced, questioning if its worth it considering 15 vehicles use it a day. Even so, the township still choose to replace the bridge, due to they were in agreement with the state to pay 15% of the cost and the federal to pay 80% and the township 5% and breaking the agreement would result in the township to reimburse the state and federal for what they already spent and they already spent enough that it would be cheaper for the township to replace the bridge then to break the agreement.
You might be right,Dana and Kay.They didn't give a location,like which roads it is between.I don't see another bridge on that road so it might be safe to assume that is the one.When i get further information via the newspaper i'll pass it on.
George this MAY be bridge in question, didn't see in NBI Data Base
Nick,just looked at the picture you posted and noticed something that you might have noticed.There is a PRR engraving between the arches right next to Amelia Street.That is so cool!
Nick,this bridge is actually the Conrail-Phoenixville Bridge over the Schuylkill River and Jacobs street.I know about this arch bridge from being from the area and fishing along the river and in the canal which parallels the river in Mont-Clare.Also i have talked to people on www. abandonedrails.com and they haven't heard nothing about any future plans being reactivation which i highly doubt or a trail.The reason for no reactivation is it would cost an astronomical amount to overhaul this abandoned rail line and plus the rails are pulled up in some sections on the other side of phoenixville in Chester County.That's why i would favor a trail over any thoughts of restarting rail traffic on this rail line which i don't know how long has been out of commission.
I was in the Phoenixville/Oaks area a week or so ago and snagged a picture of this bridge:
The guy who lives in one of the houses next to the bridge came up to chat with me while I was photographing. According to him, plans to make a rail trail have been frustrated because Norfolk Southern, which owns the right-of-way, doesn't want to yield it.
The historic bridge trusses were feasible to rehabilitate. Other issues (such as approach alignment and deck width) provided PennDOT with the excuses they needed to justify the continuation of their unspoken goal to annihilate every single historic bridge on the rural Allegheny River. I attempted to oppose the demolition as I have on every bridge on the rural Allegheny River. If PennDOT would leave historic bridges standing next to their replacement as is done in other states, then we would not have to have this conversation.
But maybe everyone here is happy with the weathering steel beams of the replacement bridge. But I am sure that people in Europe, China, and many other places around the world would laugh at the ugly bridges we build in this country.
The bridge still stands - I took additional photos of the bridge today.
Thanks Brian.I agree it is a shame it cannot be used in any way,shape or form.
I apologize for the photos as I was rushed for time coming back from training in St. Mary's. I usually take a more diverse set of photos, but I got obsessed over the condition of the railings.
Please forgive me. :)
George - It will be torn down. From my pictures of the original bridge, it's glory days are in the past. It's a real shame as I love these kind of bridges.
Brian,do you know what will happen to the original bridge?
Explore Clarion article on bridge construction:
That's the Maiden Creek Bridge on Penn Street in Lenhartsville,Dana and Kay.
Will do.I have to agree with you.PennDOT and Berks County are getting a lot of bridges done which is amazing being how PennDOT used to be the butt of all jokes in Pa.
Didn't know that,Dana and Kay.Thanks for the information.If i hear anything in the future about this bridge i will post it as soon as i get it.
According to the prestigious bridge engineering firm Modjeski & Masters, who performed a rehabilitation project on the bridge, this bridge is actually an eyebar chain suspension bridge.
George looks like a 1950 Tee Beam just up or downstream from Maiden Creek bridge also
Your most welcome George, keep us up to date on those Berks county Bridges. Seem to be replacing a lot of them near you.
Tee Beams fast disappearing .........Get pictures while we can.
I posted information on the forum page on 6/17/17 about this bridge being closed and a road closed sign being knocked down by a tractor trailer making a u-turn.I noticed also that the street is actually Penn Ave.,not Penn St.Didn't know this bridge was listed on Bridgehunters.
Thanks,Dana and Kay for posting the information about this bridge.
Dana and Kay,to confirm your suspicions about this bridge i read in yesterday's Reading Eagle that the truss bridge that was here originally was destroyed by tropical storm Agnes and that this bridge was replaced with the concrete span presently there.They said in the article that the debris laden overflowing Schuylkill river actually lifted the steel structure off of its concrete supports.I find it funny they said the bridge was "wiped out".The iron truss was built in 1891.Hopefully this answers any questions you may have
Definitely an arch.
Picture 4 looks like underneath access possible, if down that way maybe get some under shots.
NBI lists Tee Beam, Are there arched Tee beams?
Based on pic #8 this appears to be an arch.
Tee Beams FAST Disappearing, thanks for making the journey!
I have seen this tower in the park along Canal St at s. 6th st in Reading.There is a lot of history about this suspension bridge when it was at the Reading rail yard.My fiancee has told me about this bridge from her actually being on it and reading the local history books,mainly any books dealing with the outer station on 6th st in Reading and the Reading freight yard.
Not your run of the mill TEE Beam.
From the Waynesboro Record Herald:
Memorial bridge replacement begins
Expect traffic delays on Route 16 as the bridge that spans the Washington Township and Borough of Waynesboro line since 1926 has had its number called.
Nathan,i read the article on this bridge and what happened which was a shame.at least PennDOT had enough guts to say they take the blame for this.Unfortunately the bridge couldn't be saved.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 6/14/17 plans for demolition and replacement of this bridge are still on schedule.Engineering for the bridge project should be finished by the end of this year or early 2018.The design phase will be finished by the end of 2019 and construction should begin in 2020.
Work has begun on installing the new bridge - per the attached article, they are installing the new piers about 100 feet from the existing bridge. Detours won't begin before July 5, 2017.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 6/13/17 work has been completed on this bridge.I did mention this bridge on the Rte 183 I-78 bridge posting.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5/13/17 PennDOT announced that this bridge will close on Labor Day along with the Shartlesville bridge which will be closed on July 10th.Both of these bridges will be raised from 12 to 16 1/2 feet being the final phase of a $40 million project to reconstruct 6 bridges between Rte. 61 and Rte.183 in Strausstown.Work has been completed on the Rte. 419,Midway,Northkill Rd and Power Drive bridges.PennDOT plans to replace the former Airport Rd bridge which was dismantled several years ago.Target date is late December.These are all of the bridges i have listed right now for Berks County.
This montage is by Crystal Hunt.
Leaving the demo funds on the table is ok because it allows us to write for a grant later.
You can't have both, if you take demo funds, you can't take SHPO or state funds that have ties to federal funds. They've figured out that cobbling together funding isn't going to be on their dime.
If you live in the area or have interest in this bridge, we expect that it will be a training bridge. Reaching out to LimeWorksUS for work on the stone abutments.
Craighead Bridge is one of their bridges, in Cumberland County.
My husbands Great Grandfather was Thomas M. Nelson of
Nelson Buchanan Bridge and Pittsburg Bridge. If anyone has any info about him or his work, we would love to hear about it. Please email us.would love copies of blue prints.
Thanks,Patrick.The article i read did not go into detail of what happened,just where she was found.Shame that someone would contemplate that.
Suicide. She jumped from the catwalk on the underside of the bridge. It was her second attempt! The bridge deck is 30 feet wide and only two lanes - ample room to walk across atop the bridge IMHO. Photo below is from a visit to the very same bridge / catwalk several years ago.
AIRVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a Pennsylvania woman died after twice jumping from the same bridge.
York County Coroner Pam Gay has yet to release the name of the 25-year-old woman who died about noon Tuesday. Gay has ruled the death a suicide.
Gay says witnesses saw the woman jump from a catwalk beneath the Norman Wood Bridge in Lower Chanceford Township and land on a sandy area about 20 feet below. The woman told the witnesses she was OK before climbing back onto the catwalk beneath the bridge and walking farther out over the Susquehanna River.
The coroner says that's where the woman jumped again, this time landing on some rocks near a bridge pier more than 100 feet below.
The two-lane, 21-span bridge connects York and Lancaster counties.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 6/8/17 authorities said a woman died in a fall from this bridge about noon on Tuesday and landed on a pylon.No name was released.From street view it looks like not too much room to walk on the bridge.I wouldn't be on it,that's for sure.Makes you wonder why people are on these bridges in the first place.
Elk County once had some of the most scenic pin-connected truss bridges in the country. The bridges might not have been the most unique, but were in such beautiful, untouched rural settings. Each one was reduced to scrap metal.
Nope... Just the usual PENNDOT Travesty!
Tony,did you notice the 12ft 8in height limit on that sign?I don't see a covered bridge,do you?
Hi I was looking at the pictures and info on the Jordan cemetery. It is now abandon and blocked off. Would you like new photos to update your website? Thank you
In Indiana, we put up an interpretive display to show the history of a bridge that we have restored or rehabilitated to show that we value it as an important piece of our heritage.
In Pennsylvania, They put up an interpretive display to show that Yes... there was indeed an historic bridge here, but we demolished it and really don't care about our heritage. But hey... here's a picture of it!
Anonymous,you got me wondering something.You mentioned a lost iron truss which i said was somewhere else.It might be possible a truss bridge was here before this one.Might be worth looking into.
That was fast Dana and Kay.Thanks for putting the underpass on this site.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5/29/17 this bridge is tentatively scheduled to be closed in August for replacement,but preliminary work will start early next month.According to engineer Jason Newhard,staging and light work to prepare the construction area is scheduled for June fifth.The bridge itself is scheduled for completion no later than Dec.27,2018.
Dana and Kay,while i was in the area i noticed a N/S underpass on Old Wyomissing Road which runs parallel to Wyomissing Creek.I couldn't see any identifying marks on this stone underpass but figure it to have been built maybe during the last century by the craftsmanship involved.
Dana and Kay,i visited this bridge on 5/28/17 and read the builders plaque.This bridge was built by Bear Creek Construction Company.Never heard of them.Also they have it posted for a 6 ton weight limit.The bridge seemed to me to be in very good shape on the deck of the bridge except maybe for a bent railing.Couldn't get underneath due to heavy brush and plus i don't need to get ticks or any bugs to take home with me.
Dana and Kay,i just so happened to have visited this bridge yesterday being Memorial Day.While there i did not see no builders plaques on either side of the bridge or any date stone.While i did not find anything i did happen to take a good look at the pedestrian foot bridge in the park opposite the museum.If you turn the street view you can see it.It is a wooden bridge resting on steel beams on each side with cross beams of wood.Very good workmanship.I didn't see no identification of who built it or when it was built because basically i was looking at the bridge itself.
Sorry about that Dana and Kay.Forgot to put my name and e-mail address on the last message.**it happens.
I will see if I can find one on the span when in the area Dana and Kay.Let you know what I find if anything.
George wonder if this bridge has a builders Plaque. Anywhere near you?
Dana and Kay,that is not the place i am talking about.I failed to mention that if you follow Maiden Creek Road from Calcium Road it will be the first access road after the farm on your left.It does show up as an access road which has a yellow gate across it if you go to satellite.Maybe this will help you because i remember that tunnel very well.
George think I see access road tunnel. Right before you get to Evansville road? Cant see well enough to be sure from Sat Views.
Dana and Kay,i was just thinking about this bridge because i used to fish at Ontelaunee Lake and remember crossing this bridge when i fished there.Anyway,Lehigh Cement which is at the end of this rail line is in the news which made me think of this bridge and rail line.Seems the Department of Environmental Protection is issuing a plan approval for this company to burn 15 tons of anthracite coal per hour in 2 dry kilns which will be shipped in via N/S.Of course emissions controls will be in place.Now,also on Maiden creek Road there is an access road tunnel on the left which goes under the N/S rail line.This access road is gated so you cannot enter.I do remember walking to it because you can see it from the road.Maybe somebody can dig up some information on it.Thanks to Lehigh Cement i remembered that tunnel.
Not a problem,Dana and Kay.Since PennDOT is having alot of structurally deficient bridges repaired or replaced around Reading it's only natural i look into it.
Brian... nice photos, I have had this bridge on my own to-do list for a while. I hope you do not mind that I took your first three photos, stitched them into a couple panoramic projections and uploaded them here.
George its all good! Thanks for being Berks County bridge spotter1
Thanks Dana and Kay.I was just going to look at this bridge on google maps to see if i could identify what kind of bridge it was.I do remember crossing this bridge in the past many times.You guys make my job of looking at bridges so much easier.Thanks again.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5/19/17 Cumru Township Commissioners are requesting sealed bids for the services required for the repair of this bridge.Major work items Include(approximate quantities):Maintenance and protection of traffic during construction(LS),bridge debris containment system(LS),access and rigging(LS),milling of bituminous pavement surface(1,852 SY),concrete beam and deck repair(813 SF),seal cracks in concrete by epoxy injection(69 lF),replace existing deck drains(68 EA),replace existing deck joints(220 LF),apply protective coating for reinforced concrete surfaces(1,757 SY),install membrane waterproofing system on bridge deck(1467 SY),approach roadway excavation(52 CY),install 18" reinforced concrete pipe(40 LF),install type D-E endwall(1 EA),reset guiderail(63 LF),place R-4 rock protection(20 CY),and construction of bituminous pavement surface(1,852 SY).
To everybody who read the article i did fail to mention that this bridge and rail line are owned by Norfolk/Southern.This is their main rail line from Philly to New Jersey and possibly New York.I am also very familiar with it as for the eastern part of Pa from Reading to where it crosses over the Delaware River in Easton.
Thanks John! There is hope for us old dogs yet, still use Enoch the hammer sometimes!
By clicking the "whats here" button in the map, it shows this is Norfolk Southern. Our webmaster was quite kind to install this feature for us!
George believe this to be the bridge you mentioned. Any idea what Railroad this is?
All your freedoms are being taking away right now!
Just rode over the bridge today both outbound and inbound.The outbound traffic was two lane outbound and one lane inbound.Traffic was backed up heading into Reading whereas heading into West Reading from Reading there were no backups.Also the median has been removed and barriers are erected to keep lane traffic where it should be during the repair.
Here are some other repairs i forgot to include.New electrical lines will power 15 teardrop luminaires with decorative welded arms and steel banner arms.This will help illuminate the bridge at night.A new 5 foot wide shoulder will be added for bike traffic and emergency use.I think i mentioned this but the reticulated balustrades will be identical to the previous design.10 0bservation outlets(5 on each side)from the original bridge will be added.Each outlet will measure 7 feet 6inches wide and 4 feet deep.These will be open to pedestrians when finished so they can view the landscape while crossing the bridge.The underside of closed spandrel sections will be waterproofed with a smooth protective concrete coating to prevent damage.Also a new telecommunication housing will be installed.If i get any more information i will pass it on.
That makes sense with respect to insurance. Thanks for clarifying this for all of us.
Every bridge has to have some land under it and that comes in different ways. Easements, ownership, donation. The land conservancy is what allows us to open the bridges to use with insurance. The big I in our world. We had an interesting discussion with our provider and are looking for ways to bring it down.
These overhead costs are starting to run up and all of our fundraising for bridges is generally just for parts so we are looking at finding a corporate sponsor(s) that can help us build these heritage bridge parks around the country.
We also need people in each state to help us with local ideas, events, fundraising and the actual site management at a bridge.
Glad to hear the bridge is being saved; I always liked this one! Sorry that the fed funds were left on the table, I hope you are able to succeed without them.
Land conservancy? Does this mean that there will be some green space preserved around the bridge for use as a park? This actually makes great sense for a bridge that will stay in place for pedestrians. Keep up the great work, Julie!
Yes, we did. We bought another bridge that is going to stay where it is under the Workin' Bridges Land Conservancy, a part of NSRGA. Wow. We also left federal funds on the table because the hurdles and what ifs with no answer from PennDOT engineers were going to ensure that this bridge was scrapped. So we just bought it and we'll figure it out from here.
Thanks Dana and Kay.I love it when somebody mentions me,even when i find it funny.Anyway,this project is one huge repair of this bridge.Traffic seems to be adjusting to the new patterns while construction is going on.To continue from my previous post about what they are doing to this bridge while under repair,here is what they are doing.As i mentioned before the superstructure is being repaired along with replacement of all horizontal floor beams under the roadway and repair of deteriorating concrete on the bridge's ribs.Also total replacement of the railings and parapets.The observation outlets,which were closed in the 1950's will be restored.The piers will be will be repaired,reinforced and protected from water damage.The uneven pavement,curbs and frequent potholes will be no problem no more after repairs.Spandrels,lighting and other historical features that have deteriorated will be replaced.The deck and two supports of the Route 422 west on ramp will be replaced.This ramp is a separate bridge.Shotcrete which led to cracks,rust and exterior deterioration will be removed.Poor drainage, which caused pipes to leak,creating cracks,rust,uneven road surfaces and concrete deterioration will be fixed with new drains being installed.Water damage has also compromised the electrical lines on the underside of the bridge.The structure supporting the Reading side of the roadway also called a chamber had a historically inaccurate retaining wall demolished.No word yet on replacement details.The north-facing side is damaged by the weather.Construction is being performed to address severe issues.
Here is some more information on this bridge.A new electronic message board will be installed for traffic on the inbound side into Reading.New traffic signals and signs will be installed at Second and Penn street intersection.New inlet drainage system will be installed.Metal barriers will be installed to protect pedestrians.Concrete barriers will also be installed to protect and direct pedestrians to crosswalks.Sidewalks,curbs and roadway will be replaced.Obelisks will be placed on both sides of the Reading side of the bridge.These obelisks will be historically as accurate as possible.More to come tomorrow.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5-7-17 starting today the Penn Street Bridge will have around the clock lane restrictions which means one lane of traffic entering the city until the end of 2019.During the final few months traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.Today also marks the closure of the access ramp that takes westbound traffic from the West shore bypass into Reading.There are posted detours for traffic around the construction.The 104 year old bridge with a daily traffic count of 34,000 will be getting the structural fixes and concrete repairs.From what i said and have seen myself in earlier posts there are chunks of concrete missing and cracks are noticeable across the span.The $42.6 million project includes concrete repair,superstructure replacement,ornamental lighting and ramp work.Traffic signal work,new signs and new pavement markings are also part of the project.