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Birdsboro Bridge


Elevation From Railroad Tracks.

Photo Courtesy Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


BH Photo #164086


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Additional Information. 

From Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The Birdsboro Bridge is a nine-span, open spandrel, arch structure built of reinforced concrete (Lichtenstein 1999). The bridge and the Bridge Street ramp, which accesses the north-bank floodplain from the upstream (west) side of the bridge and will also be replaced, were designed by the Berks County Engineer’s Office and built in 1927 to replace the town’s mid-nineteenth century wooden covered bridge that burned down the previous year. The Birdsboro Bridge has plain spandrel columns and console-like brackets that support the cantilevered deck sections. In 1980, the original pierced classical balustrade was replaced by solid concrete panels. The bridge was built at a higher elevation than its predecessor to span not only the Schuylkill River, but the floodplain and the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Mainline corridor on the river’s north bank. The structure is 1123 feet long and 40 feet wide, carrying two lanes of S.R. 0345 with a sidewalk on each side.


Concrete arch bridge over Schuylkill River on PA 82 in Birdsboro
Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Demolished and replaced in 2014
Built 1927; rehabilitated 1980; demolished 2014
Open spandrel deck arch
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 1,123.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.26843, -75.80837   (decimal degrees)
40°16'06" N, 75°48'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/431268/4457864 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 06 0082 0202 0531 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 16, 2014: Updated by Patrick S. O'Donnell: Bridge has been replaced.
  • May 2, 2010: Essay added by Nathan Holth



Birdsboro Bridge
Posted December 22, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as of this past week the new bridge was opened to traffic.the old bridge will be demolished if it was not already.any more new information i receive in the future i will print on this site.