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Fruitville Road Bridge

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Fruitville Road Bridge

View from top of the hill-December 2006

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #132347

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Description 

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: 'The 626'-long and 16'-wide bridge is really a stone viaduct with two, 3-span stone arch spans and a 110'-long, pin connected, Pratt thru truss main span that carries the roadway over two streams and related flood plain. The two 78'-long, three span, stone arch sections have coursed, dressed red-colored stone spandrel walls and stepped parapets originally finished with bluestone cap stones. The truss bridge is traditionally composed with the floor beams above the lower chords. The 1905 viaduct is a late example of both bridge technologies, but it is historically and technologically significant as a complete example of a stone arch bridge built in the early 20th century in Montgomery County. It represents better than most other extant examples of the technical and aesthetic preferences of the county at the turn of the century. Twenty one of the 57 extant stone arch bridges in the county were built in the 20th century.'

Facts 

Overview
Through truss and stone arch bridge over Perkiomen Creek on Fruitville Road
Location
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1905; rehabilitated 1962, 1963
Builder
- Eyre Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Truss)
Design
1 main span Pratt through truss plus 2 three-span stone arches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 451.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40751, -75.52155   (decimal degrees)
40°24'27" N, 75°31'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/455746/4473119 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Greenville
Average daily traffic (as of 1977)
250
Inventory numbers
PA 46 7046 0410 0232 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 27928 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31358 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2016: Added photo from Bernadette Llewellyn
  • November 13, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • May 5, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
  • October 8, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added Upper Hanover Township, PA to name and overview
  • January 13, 2009: New photos from Raymond Klein

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Comments 

Fruitville Road Bridge
Posted January 5, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

That project detail report (second link) claims this has been closed since 2006, which is a flagrant lie as all of the StreetViews in this area (none of which show closure) date to 2009, the photo-documentation on Historic Bridges dates to 2010, and the earliest showing of closure from BridgeReports is 2016 (though probably 2014, as that's when the first inspection came back with the superstructure rated Imminent Failure).

Fruitville Road Bridge
Posted January 4, 2020, by Don Morrison

Bridge has been troublesome since 2006.

https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-2006-06-20-3663137-story.h...

Construction begins in a couple years.

https://stories.opengov.com/montcopa/published/h7gBTqngB

Fruitville Road Bridge
Posted January 4, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I had just heard from the boyfriend of my fiancees niece that this bridge has been closed to traffic for awhile.I looked on the web and didn't see no mention of this by any agencies including PennDOT.He mentioned this being that they live in Pennsburg and he works at Knoll furniture and he drives past this bridge almost every day.I also didn't see nothing in the papers or on the news about this.Would be great to know what's going on with this bridge because he didn't know.

Fruitville Road Bridge in Upper HanoverTownship, PA
Posted October 8, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This is quite an interesting structure. I hope it can be maintained.