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West Valley Green Road Bridge

Photos 

ValleyGreen Road Bridge - March 13, 2009

Overview

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #135457

Map 

Street View 

Description 

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The 3-span, 174'-long pin connected Pratt pony truss bridge was fabricated in 1884 by John Denithorne. It is supported on stone abutments, a stone pier and a reinforced concrete pier that dates from 1953. The upper chords and inclined end posts are angles with laced webs as are the verticals. The ends of the verticals have pin plates, and the outriggers are original. The mature design shows great understanding of economy of design and how trusses work on the part of a regional fabricator. The bridge is historically and technologically significant based on its design, date of construction, and completeness.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Wissahickon Creek on Valley Green Road in Whitemarsh Township
Location
Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1884; rehabilitated 1953
Builder
- John Denithorne & Sons of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 57.1 ft.
Total length: 183.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Wissahickon Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.11288, -75.21909   (decimal degrees)
40°06'46" N, 75°13'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/499146/4429237 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Germantown
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
5,864
Inventory numbers
PA 46 7046 0620 0059 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 27948 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31409 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 8, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected road name
  • March 8, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • December 25, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • March 16, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein

Sources 

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

Comments 

West Valley Green Road Bridge
Posted August 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another article with a different picture:

http://morethanthecurve.com/west-valley-green-road-bridge-in...

West Valley Green Road Bridge
Posted August 7, 2014, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

Update on the bridge...some good news...

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/08/06/valley-green-bri...

Valley Green Road Bridge
Posted March 11, 2014, by Crespo (cres [at] aol [dot] com)

Fyi as of 3/11/2014...

From Montgomery County:

PennDOT inspectors this week inspected the West Valley Green Road Bridge and ordered it closed due to concerns for the safety of users.

This closure took effect immediately [3/7/2014], and traffic will be diverted from the bridge via a signed detour. While the bridge is closed, Montgomery County and PennDOT will continue to aggressively pursue the engineering, design, and other necessary steps to reopen the bridge.

Valley Green Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A beautiful span indeed!.....surprised PennDOT has kept their grimey little paws off of it......

Valley Green Road Bridge
Posted September 26, 2010, by Jodi Christman

Awesome to see this bridge. I grew up 2 houses away from it. I remember folks getting stuck on the bridge when Hurricane Floyd came through and flooded the heck out of the area.