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Frankford Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Frankford Avnue/Bristol Pike Birdge--August 29, 2010

Downstream side view

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #177629

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Street View 

Description 

This single-span, closed-spandrel arch bridge is an early example of a concrete bridge with supporting members. The bridge's exterior is made to appear like stonework, with scoring on the spandrel walls and delineation of voussiors around the arch ring. The bridge parapet features decorative urn-shaped balusters, a design feature that became common for concrete bridges in parks and cities in the early part of the 20th century.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Closed spandrel concrete arch bridge over Poquessing Creek on Frankford Avenue/Bristol Pike
Location
Philadelphia & Andalusia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1904
Builders
- George S. Webster of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Henry H. Quimby of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- John McMenamy
Design
Closed spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.9 ft.
Total length: 73.2 ft.
Deck width: 39.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Also called
Bristol Pike Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06509, -74.98113   (decimal degrees)
40°03'54" N, 74°58'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/501609/4434981 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beverly
Inventory numbers
PA 67 0013 0300 3108 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000850 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 46188 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: added Bucks County PA
  • January 12, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 7, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Fixed GPS coordinates, added NRHP info, street view & imported photo
  • September 16, 2010: Added by Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-471 - Frankford Avenue Bridge over Poquessing Creek, Spanning Poquessing Creek at Frankford Avenue (U.S. Route 13), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
  • Geoff Hubbs