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Amtrak - South Jacob Street Overpass


South Jacob St Amtrak Mt Joy PA

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BH Photo #232554


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FROM PA HISTORIC BRIDGE DATA (2008): The 3 span, 86'-long, bridge built in 1913 is composed of a steel thru girder main span over the tracks and timber stringer approach spans. The abutments are stone, and the piers are riveted steel columns with cross bracing and stone pedestals. Corrugated metal barriers are over the thru girder span and pipe railings are over the approach spans and wingwalls. The timber deck is supported by timber stringers and built-up floorbeams. The bridge is in the PHMC-determined eligible Mt. Joy Historic District. It is from the district's period of significance. It is evaluated as contributing.

The bridge is closed to traffic. It carries a 2 lane street with sidewalks over a pair of electrified railroad tracks operated by Amtrak. The rail line is the former Pennsylvania RR Main Line, a historically significant rail line established in the 1850s and electrified in the late 1930s. It has been identified as an eligible historic rail line by PHMC. Additionally, the bridge is in the Mt. Joy Historic District that has been determined eligible by PHMC (4/30/96 & 9/25/96) for areas of significance in commerce and architecture from the 19th to early 20th century. It is located in a mixed use setting of late 19th to early 20th century residential and industrial development bordering the railroad tracks. The bridge is in the district, as are the properties at all but its southeast quadrant, according to the district boundary map in PHMC's survey files.


Girder bridge over Amtrak on South Jacob Street
Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Closed to all traffic
Built 1913
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Length of largest span: 51.8 ft.
Total length: 86.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.10827, -76.49578   (decimal degrees)
40°06'30" N, 76°29'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/372519/4440845 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia East
Inventory numbers
PANBI 22168 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 52546 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 24, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • March 1, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed category "Railroad" - did not carry trolley cars, it was a road for cars
  • November 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • May 26, 2012: Added by Jodi Christman



South Jacob Street Overpass
Posted February 10, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient bridge?please let me know.thanks.