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Zettlemoyer's Bridge


Zettlemoyer's Bridge

2013 view

Photo taken by Ken Martin

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Pratt through truss bridge over Maiden Creek on TR 787 (Long Road)
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Closed but recently renovated. As of July 2020, bridge is ready to be reopened.
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1958; rehabilitated 2020
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 153.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.58628, -75.89463   (decimal degrees)
40°35'11" N, 75°53'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/424291/4493215 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7215 0787 9467 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05369 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • July 13, 2020: Updated by Patrick Gurwell: Status Update: bridge has been renovated and will be reopened.
  • March 17, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed
  • March 17, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 1, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 30, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted July 20, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This 116 year old bridge is set to reopen by noon on Tuesday 7/21/20 to vehicular traffic.This 154-foot-long steel truss bridge has been closed since September 2012 due to deterioration of its steel and an imposed weight limit of only 3 tons.Berks county originally planned to demolish the bridge citing the fact only about 60 vehicles used it every day.The township had other plans and after negotiations between its supervisors and Berks County officials an agreement was reached in December 2015 for the county to rehabilitate the bridge and then transfer ownership to the township.The $1,748,728 rehabilitation project began in March 2019 and was expected to be complete by the fall of that year but a pair of delays lengthened the time it took for the work to be finished.The first delay involved a change order for the bridge to be repainted before it changed hands;the second was the COVID-19 shutdown that lasted from March 17 until April 22.Now the bridge,which was built in 1904 and last rehabilitated in 1958,sports a fresh coat of green paint and can support up to 10 tons.This information was supplied by an article I saw on WFMZ69 news about this bridge.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted November 1, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was reading today's paper and saw that Berks County is accepting sealed bids for a rehabilitation project on this bridge.The work to be performed is rehabilitation of the existing steel Pratt through-truss to a 10 ton load carrying capacity.The scope of repairs will include the replacement of members in kind with high strength steel in the truss and other components of the superstructure and floor system.The appropriate approach guiderail,transitions and end treatments will be installed at each corner to meet current PennDOT safety standards.The stone masonry substructure will be repointed as needed.I will let it be known when work will begin and post all information here.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by Anonymous

Screen shot photos

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

By the way,PennDOT wasn't mentioned in the article.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle today the Greenwich Township supervisors have been informed work on replacing this bridge in the spring.Berks County will advertise bids to replace this 114 year old bridge with work to begin on May 1st.Completion should be by December.The supervisors evidently decided not to save this bridge because of refusing to take ownership.Maybe someone out there might want to take ownership of this bridge.Let's hope so over this bridge becoming cans or cars.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted December 2, 2015, by Don Morrison

There were several Zettlemoyers in the area of the bridge in 1876.

Here's an historic atlas of Greenwich & Albany townships of Berks County:


The area in Greenwich township near Lenhartsville where most of the Zettlemoyers are located is actually called Zettlemeyer Dist. No 8.

Spelled with an "e", must be a misprint.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted December 1, 2015, by Brian Monahan (Brian [at] MonahanLaw [dot] com)

How Did this bridge get its name ?? Is this where the Zettlemoyer farm is ? or was ? May be related through an early 1800 marriage.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 14, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

according to the reading eagle dated 8/14/14 this bridge looks like it will be replaced.the greenwich supervisors are talking to the berks county commissioners about replacing the bridge.the commissioners indicated they would consider replacing the bridge with a concrete span.estimated to cost $2.5 million the new concrete span would be capable of supporting a 30 ton firetruck which is stipulated by the township.this all is conditional upon the township assuming ownership of the new bridge.construction of the new bridge will take 3 years.any more information i get i will pass on.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 13, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Of course I favor a full restoration for this span, but an adequate rehabilitation could be performed for substantially less that would allow continued use of the bridge.

Zettlemoyer's Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

just got some information on this bridge from the reading eagle.seems the county would prefer to either remove the bridge and get the county to build a new bridge.what complicates the matter is the bridge is the county,s property and the road is a township road.also this bridge is in a very isolated area only serving about a dozen houses.the options open are repairs which would cost $1.500,000.00,build a new bridge which would cost $2.500,000.00 or remove the bridge.i will let you know when the final decision is made and what it is.