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Conestoga River Bridge

Photos 

PA-592-38

Elevaation of Conestoga River Bridge

Photo by Joseph Elliott, Summer-Fall 1999, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122128

Map 

Street View 

Description 

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The bridge carries a 4 lane highway and sidewalks over a stream in an area dominated by a mix of mid- to late-20th century residential and commercial strip development, although some older 19th-century buildings are intermixed. At the northwestern quadrant is a vernacular stone building converted to a restaurant with patio adjacent to the bridge. To the east is a late 20th century commercial strip. The setting does not have the cohesiveness or integrity of a historic district. The bridge is located on the historic alignment of the Lincoln Highway, named in 1913 by the Lincoln Highway Assoc. as a means of promoting a transcontinental automobile tourist trail. It followed pre-existing state highways in Pennsylvania. The road was designated US 30 in 1926, and shortly thereafter the Lincoln Highway Assoc. disbanded although the Lincoln Highway name continued in popular usage in some localities. After WW II, US 30 was placed on a new aligment and this section of the bypassed route was redesignated SR 462.

The 3-span, 300'-long, closed spandrel deck arch bridge built in 1933 is finished with standard concrete balustrades. Plain pilasters over the piers and at the abutment corners rise to form the balustrade posts. Deck arch bridges began appearing in numbers in Pennsylvania about 1905 and they were ubiquitous by the 1910s. Over 200 examples from before 1916 survive, and 270 reinforced concrete closed spandrel arch bridges predate 1920. This later 1933 example has no unusual or noteworthy features and is a relatively unembellished with standard details used by the state highway department with many similar bridges. It is not historically or technologically distinguished by its setting or context. It does not have a significant historic association with the development of the historic alignment of the Lincoln Highway.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Conestoga River on PA 462 (East King Street) in Lancaster
Location
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1933
Builders
- E. M. Wagman
- G. A. Wagman of York, Pennsylvania
- PennDOT Bridge Division
Design
3- span reinforced concrete closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 299.9 ft.
Deck width: 42.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.03833, -76.27500   (decimal degrees)
40°02'18" N, 76°16'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/391225/4432790 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lancaster
Inventory numbers
PA 36 0462 0290 1014 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 21278 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31085 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2008)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 64.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
9,805

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2014: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • May 26, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • April 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • August 20, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Bridge to Lincoln Highway Category

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER PA-592 - Lincoln Highway, Running from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Fallsington, Bucks County, PA
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV