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West Farmersville Road Bridge

Photos 

General View, Looking East.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #189337

Map 

Description 

FROM PA HISTORIC BRIDGE DATA: The 3-span, cantilevered, variable depth, reinforced concrete slab bridge was National Register-listed as a result of the previous survey. The bridge is an unusual design, and has a high degree of technological significance. The plain concrete parapets have been cut down over the western wingwalls. The concrete rail has been lost from the northwest corner of the cantilevered end span.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete curved chord through girder bridge over Conestoga River on West Farmersville Road (PA-1010)
Location
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement as soon as currently with-held funding is reinstated.
History
Built 1917
Builders
- F. H. Shaw (county Engineer)
- Paul D. Kauffman of Reading, Pennsylvania (builder)
Design
Concrete cantilevered curved chord through girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.9 ft.
Total length: 133.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Also called
Conestoga River Bridge
Bridge in West Earl Township
Big Conestoga Creek Bridge No. 12,
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12792, -76.19976   (decimal degrees)
40°07'41" N, 76°11'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/397779/4442645 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ephrata
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
1,319
Inventory numbers
PA 36 1010 0050 1342 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 21385 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
NRHP 88000875 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 47157 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2013: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • May 25, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • November 29, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-500 - Big Conestoga Creek Bridge No. 12, Spanning Conestoga River at Farmersville Road (State Route 1010), Brownstown vicinity, Lancaster County, PA
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com

Comments 

Farmersville Road Bridge
Posted November 29, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My internet research led to the discovery of this bridge, which was previously not listed here on BridgeHunter, nor have I visited and photographed it for HistoricBridges.org. This bridge is NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT. Including this bridge I only know of two such bridges nationwide. It is slated for demolition and replacement as soon as currently with-held funds are reinstated.