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East Octoraro Creek Bridge


East Octoraro #1 Bridge (1910-2020) Marker

Carl Gordon Moore Jr.

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BH Photo #530426

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FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The 2 span, 76'-long, reinforced concrete thru girder bridge built in 1909 is supported on concrete pier and abutments with flared wingwalls surmounted by concrete parapets. The girders support floorbeams and a slab deck. Although the reinforced concrete thru girder bridge type was one of the least successful reinforced concrete bridge types developed during the first decade of the 20th century, it was used by a select number of Pennsylvania county engineers for the improvement of local roads and bridges. At least 24 of the 65 surviving examples from 1906 to 1930 in Pennsylvania are located in Lancaster County where its use was forwarded by County Engineer F. H. Shaw. This bridge is an early prototypical example by Shaw and contractor Andrew Buchanan of Chambersburg. The 1909 reinforced concrete thru girder bridge is historically and technologically distinguished as one of the two earliest extant examples of its type in the county and among the 5 oldest pre-1910 examples in the state.


Lost Concrete pony/through girder bridge over East Octoraro Creek on Mill Creek Road
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1909; replaced 2020
- A. Buchanan of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
- F.H. Shaw (county Engineer)
Concrete through girder
Length of largest span: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 76.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.93741, -75.98439   (decimal degrees)
39°56'15" N, 75°59'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/415895/4421274 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 36 7231 0453 0901 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 22059 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 47258 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 24, 2022: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 26, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • December 7, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



East Octoraro Creek Bridge
Posted April 24, 2022, by erhard w koehler (ewjkoehler [at] gmail [dot] com)

I stopped to photograph this bridge on Feb 27, 2022, and found that it has been replaced.

East Octoraro Creek Bridge
Posted May 18, 2019, by Thomas Kipphorn (tkipph [at] gmail [dot] com)

From the E. Gipe Caruthers booklet Seeing Lancaster County’s Covered Bridges “SUBSCRIPTION BRIDGE- The first crossing was erected here in 1781. Prior that time the creek was fordable at this spot, but when the milldam was built near Mercer’s, the water backed up and became too deep for fording. Neither county wanted to spend the money for a bridge so finally certain individuals took the bull by the horns. They asked for donations and practically everybody subscribed. People promised to contribute materials, work, money, etc. until they had the means to build it themselves. For this reason, Mr. Walter Miller of Christiana dubbed it the Subscription Bridge.

Ever since that time, its exact ownership has been a puzzle. The present structure, dated to 1909, was paid for in a unique manner – ¾ of the bill was divided equally between the two counties and the other quarter between the two benefiting townships. Officially, it is an “inter-township” bridge.”