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Perkiomen Bridge


Perkiomen Bridge - February 1, 2009

Side view

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #134302


Street View 


Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Perkiomen Creek on Ridge Pike in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built in 1799 and a major rebuilding in 1928. One ofthe oldest stone arched bridges in the country. Originally a toll bridge.
- George Boyer (1798)
- George Cressman (1928)
- John Levis (1798)
Consists of six semi-circular stone arches of varying lengths. Differences in arch heights creates a camelback bridge with a notable curve.Original location was called Phillip's Ford. Decorative piers and belts courses are usual for a bridge this old.
For more detailed information see Hisoric American Enginering Record under Collegeville, PA
Length of largest span: 76.1 ft.
Total length: 453.1 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.18417, -75.44667   (decimal degrees)
40°11'03" N, 75°26'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/461975/4448293 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88000826 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PA 46 4031 0090 0279 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 27842 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 40010 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 6, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view & imported photos
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: corrected span #
  • March 9, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI Data.
  • July 8, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added Collegeville, PA to name.
  • June 12, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added date bridge listed to National Register of Historic Places plus its number.
  • May 23, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • April 19, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • February 26, 2009: Added by Raymond Klein



Perkiomen Bridge
Posted September 25, 2014, by Thomas H. (Trhols514 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I enjoyed the pictures as well. It's remarkable with modern bridge-building techniques today how long this gem has stood the test of time. I'm not sure if this made things better or worse, but before the intersection of Ridge Pike (Main Street) and PA 29 on the Collegeville side was realigned and widened, traffic on the bridge had two lanes westbound and one eastbound--the reverse of what it is now. More than once there have been rumors about building a twin bridge parallel to this one. I'll believe that when I see it.

Perkiomen Bridge Collegeville, PA
Posted August 24, 2009, by Bill Riley (briley [at] fabcoautomotive [dot] com)

I enjoyed the pictures. I travelled over this bridge many times in the 1960s before rte. 422 was rerouted. There used to be a hotel on the NW end of the bridge that had markings inside showing the high water mark of various floods.