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Swedesford Road Bridge

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Swedesford Road Bridge

Side view looking towards Lansdale

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #132705

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Description 

A little history from "Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA" about the Gwynedd Tunnel that the bridge is built over.

...the North Pennsylvania Railroad, which was opened for travel to Gwynedd Station June 19, 1856. Nearly a mile above this is the Gwynedd tunnel, five hundred feet in length, and, including the cut, three thousand six hundred feet, its greatest depth being sixty feet. It was made through the hardest rock, involving considerable labor and expense, and it retarded for awhile the progress of the road, which was opened through to the Lehigh River January 1, 1857. It has a course through the township of about six miles, with stations at Penllyn and Gwynedd.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over SEPTA railroad tracks on Swedesford Road in Lower Gwynedd Twp
Location
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1990 CA
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.19667, -75.26833   (decimal degrees)
40°11'48" N, 75°16'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/477161/4449620 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lansdale
Average daily traffic (as of 1992)
500
Inventory numbers
PA 46 7113 0375 2104 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 28050 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31405 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 70.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
  • February 24, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added Lower Gwynedd Twp to overview.
  • February 9, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • January 29, 2009: New photos from Raymond Klein

Sources 

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