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Strawberry Mansion Bridge

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Strawberry Mansion Bridge, looking upstream from Kelly Drive

Photo taken by D. Thomsen

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Description 

The Strawberry Mansion Bridge crosses the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, a National Register-listed historic district. The bridge is significant for its construction under private ownership by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company, a streetcar line operating in the park. Nationally recognized bridge engineer Theodore Cooper consulted on the design of this spandrel-braced, three-hinged steel arch structure, which set records within its type for overall length and speed of erection. It is also a major work of the Phoenix Bridge Company, a prolific fabricating and erecting firm.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Steel arch bridge over Schuylkill River on Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia
Location
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1897; rehabilitated 1998
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Design
Steel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 1,242.2 ft.
Deck width: 32.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.99500, -75.19500   (decimal degrees)
39°59'42" N, 75°11'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/483353/4427220 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Philadelphia
Inventory numbers
PA 67 7301 0160 0115 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 39231 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31542 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2008)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 19.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1996)
14,500

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • January 7, 2011: New photos from Matthew Ridpath
  • July 11, 2010: New photo from D. Thomsen
  • May 25, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Comments 

Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Posted February 25, 2011, by Frank Hicks

The south side of the bridge deck originally carried Fairmount Park Transit streetcars as seen at http://davesrailpix.com/phila/htm/phil163.htm

Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Posted April 21, 2008, by Bill Flis (flis [at] detk [dot] com)
Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Posted February 25, 2007, by Gary Hudes (ghudes [at] comcast [dot] net)

Several images of this bridge at sunrise during winter 2007