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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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?
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.
George this might be bike path area really interesting Luten Arch Bridge old canal tow path and RR bridge.
Thank you,Dana and Kay.I wasn't sure where the bridge was but thanks for finding it.
George NBI lists this as Hartz Mill Bridge. not sure of history but this appears to be one in article.
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!
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.
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.
George would this also be NSRR?
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.
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.
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.
That's the original name of the line: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_Blue_Mountain_and_Nort...
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?
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.
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.
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.
Only time will tell,Tony.I'll let you know if i read or hear anything.
George looks like one I added in March. Have I got RR Wrong? Dana
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!!
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.
My goofup on the double posting.Duh!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
This bridge no longer operates, but it's now replaced with a non-movable bridge.
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.
would be good for Eclipse pictures!
1956 Stringer but will be gone next week.....
This bridge is being demolished and replaced. The eastbound half was gone when I took pictures on August 26, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just looked on street view and saw this bridge was replaced.Didn't know they finally tore this bridge down.
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?
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?
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.
Take a look at this:
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."
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.
The street was named for Calhoun. I'm not sure who the bridge was named for.
For whom was the Calhoun Street Bridge named?
Xavier,when in the area i will check this bridge out.As for the other bridge,is that the one that crosses the Schuylkill River above the power plant?
Thanks Mark.Took long enough to replace it,huh?
This bridge has been replaced.
George, this bridge is definitely worth checking out. another bridge a few miles from this one is the Cromby bridge which used to go to the cromby powerplant. it is abandoned but the track is still in good shape and its a great walk.
Xavier,i am actually not familiar with this bridge but i have fished the Schuylkill River below this bridge.From the pictures and what you said i agree this bridge is beyond saving.Also being that i lived and went to school while living in Lansdale i am familiar with the area very well.If and when i do get to see this bridge if it's still standing i will be careful,especially on it if possible.I know there are possibly other bridges in the area that are abandoned which i will someday take the time and look for.
The current state of this bridge is rather rough. the bridge is in an extreme state of disrepair. much of it is overgrown, rotted away, or missing. the bridge deck is missing in many places and walking across can be daunting. this bridge is used by many locals as access to an island in the river. very dangerous to cross, but interesting. the tracks are gone too and the only way on the bridge is an old railroad tie. worth checking out, but proceed with caution
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/12/17 replacement of this bridge will be started on the week of Aug. 21,not 8/14/17 as originally scheduled.No reason was given for the re-scheduling.
Open for traffic. We crossed bridge on 8/13/17
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/10/17 a work crew began pouring a concrete deck on this bridge.The former earthen deck on the stone bridge is being replaced by a concrete roadway over Ontelaunee Creek near the historic village of Trexler.PennDOT is working on a $1.1 million restoration of the 19th century bridge,one of only 4 triple-arch structures that remain in Berks County.Trucks pumped concrete through a large boom capable of reaching from one side of the creek to the other.The picture in the paper shows this boom and what they are doing.Amazing.Earlier,workmen from J.D.Eckman inc. of Atglen,Chester County,shored up the arches and removed the stone walls lining the roadway.PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown said the age and condition of the bridge warrant extensive renovations.A date marker in the stonework indicates the bridge was built in 1841,when Martin Van Buren was president.The project is expected to be completed in November.I remember posting on Bridgehunters about a stone arch bridge in Berks County and the stone walls being removed and then put back as they were originally were.Not sure if it was this one.Hopefully they put the stone walls back.
Thanks for update George, sure would like to see a shot underneath this 1917 bridge before its gone. Curious what concrete other could mean....
I just read in the Reading Eagle that work is to begin on this bridge the week of August 14th according to PennDOT.The project is expected to be completed in late October.This bridge is one of 558 being replaced under PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project,a public-private partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle sealed proposals will be received by North Heidelberg Township,Berks County,Pa.via the online PennBid Program until 11:00am on Monday August 21st,2017,for the following:Klopp Road Bridge replacement.This work will consist of the removal and replacement of a 6-foot span metal and concrete bridge with a new 7.5 foot diameter metal structural plate pipe culvert with concrete or metal head/endwalls,replacement of about 60 feet of guiderail,and streambank improvements to improve stream and road conditions.I didn't know they were replacing this bridge with a culvert.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/24/17 this bridge will be getting a facelift as part of a multipart upgrade costing $123 million that will make it 6 lanes with wider shoulders between the Hamburg and Route 61 exits.The project,expected to be completed around June 2024,is expected to go to bid in fall 2019 and be paid with federal funds.The winning bidder will replace the Route 61 bridge over I-78;reconfigure the Route 61 ramps;widen the I-78 bridge over Port Clinton Avenue in Hamburg;and add an additional lane and a wider shoulder on the I-78 roadway and over the historic bridge,between Hamburg exit 30 and Route 61 exit 29.From what was mentioned in the article in the paper designers are going to keep this bridge looking as it did when it was built.We shall see.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/23/17 work began Monday on a replacement bridge and detours will be in effect for months,possibly through October.Representatives from Plenary Walsh earlier this year said it would be 15 weeks of construction on this bridge so they are going to be cutting it close for completion of this project.The lane width on the new bridge will be 11 feet,slightly wider than the current 10-foot span.This bridge is part of PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project,which is set to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges over a 3 year period.The state project carries an estimated $899 million price tag.The individual price for the Grosstown Road span was not specific.Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners,a consortium of construction,design and engineering firms,is tasked with finance,design,construction and 25 year maintenance of the bridge.
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.