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Towamencin Bridge


Bustard Road Bridge - Photographed July 7, 2008

Creekside view

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #132545



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The 2 span, 84'-long reinforced concrete closed spandrel deck arch bridge built by the county in 1915 is finished with plain spandrel walls and concrete parapets. The bridge has a vertical profile, and it is an example of a technology that was common by 1910. It is one of 20 extant deck arch bridges built in the county between 1911 and 1936. Neither the bridge nor its setting is historically or technologically significant.

NOTE: Nat'l Bridge Data indicated it was built in 1855 and reconstructed in 1915. 1855 was most likely when the first bridge was built. I guess the question is how much was reconstructed to indicate a new build date.


Concrete arch bridge overTowamencin Creek on Bustard Road in Towamencin Township
Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1855; reconstructed 1915
- A.G. Needs (Contractor)
Reinforced concrete double closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.22972, -75.35361   (decimal degrees)
40°13'47" N, 75°21'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/469917/4453314 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 46 1002 0030 0384 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 27528 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31341 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Merged data, added other details
  • March 7, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein
  • February 28, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: AddedTowamencenTownship to: Name, City and overviewe. Added Norristown, Pa to USGS Quadrangle location.
  • January 24, 2009: New photos from Raymond Klein


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com


Bustard Road Bridge in Towamencen Township
Posted January 16, 2012, by Dave Darrah (davedarrah [at] gmail [dot] com)

See note about Trumbauer bridge. Looks like photos were reversed. This page has the Trumbauer bridge photo, and vice-versa. Noting again, the correct spelling is Towamencin.