Rating:
1 vote

Jacobs Street Bridge Mont Clare, PA

Photo 

Jacob Street Bridge Mont Clare

looking south

Photo taken by Geoff Hubbs in Oct 2019

License: Released into public domain

Enlarge

BH Photo #477345

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This bridge is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Schuylkill Divison which ran from Philadelphia to Norristown, Phoenixville, Reading and Pottsville, PA. This large bridge crosses Jacobs Street and then crosses over Tow Path Road, and the restored Schuylkill Canal next to it, in Mont Clare, PA which is in Montgomery County, PA. It then crosses the Schuylkill River and goes into Phoeixville, PA which is in Chester Coutny. There is a short break then a steel brige carries it over the Reading Railrods line to Reading and Pottstown see also Conrail - Phoenixville Bridge

Facts 

Overview
Concrete through arch bridge over Jacobs Road on Former Schuylkill Div Pennsylvania Railroad
Location
Mont Clare, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Most likley will become a trail.
History
Built 1915
Railroad
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Concrete through arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13783, -75.50805   (decimal degrees)
40°08'16" N, 75°30'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/456719/4443178 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 44239 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 30, 2019: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • February 25, 2010: Added by Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Jacbos Street Bridge Mont Clare, PA
Posted June 27, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nick,just looked at the picture you posted and noticed something that you might have noticed.There is a PRR engraving between the arches right next to Amelia Street.That is so cool!

Jacbos Street Bridge Mont Clare, PA
Posted June 27, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nick,this bridge is actually the Conrail-Phoenixville Bridge over the Schuylkill River and Jacobs street.I know about this arch bridge from being from the area and fishing along the river and in the canal which parallels the river in Mont-Clare.Also i have talked to people on www. abandonedrails.com and they haven't heard nothing about any future plans being reactivation which i highly doubt or a trail.The reason for no reactivation is it would cost an astronomical amount to overhaul this abandoned rail line and plus the rails are pulled up in some sections on the other side of phoenixville in Chester County.That's why i would favor a trail over any thoughts of restarting rail traffic on this rail line which i don't know how long has been out of commission.

Jacbos Street Bridge Mont Clare, PA
Posted June 27, 2017, by Nick (nhaggin [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was in the Phoenixville/Oaks area a week or so ago and snagged a picture of this bridge:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nhaggin/35170334630/

The guy who lives in one of the houses next to the bridge came up to chat with me while I was photographing. According to him, plans to make a rail trail have been frustrated because Norfolk Southern, which owns the right-of-way, doesn't want to yield it.