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Schuylkill River Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman


BH Photo #177725


Street View 


Steel stringer bridge over Schuylkill River on Sr 4025(Lr 06174)
Shoemakersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1940
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 61.0 ft.
Total length: 253.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.49528, -75.97167   (decimal degrees)
40°29'43" N, 75°58'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/417660/4483184 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 4025 0040 2466 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05266 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 46195 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 3, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 17, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman



Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted November 23, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I read in yesterdays local paper that a 34-foot wide,268-foot-long precast concrete bridge was opened on Wednesday at 3 p.m..This wider and longer span replaced a 78-year-old steel bridge that was closed Aug.6,2018.Traffic over the bridge had been about 1,270 vehicles a day,according to PennDOT.The nearly $3.7-million project included drainage,curb and sidewalk repair.Several structures in Shoemakersville needed to be demolished for the project to start.Work was completed a week early on this bridge.

Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted October 14, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dana and Kay,my mistake.I had this bridge confused with a truss bridge that is in the area that is still either in use or also removed.Thanks for clearing this up.

Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted October 12, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

George don't see truss bridge from article today

Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2018, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

just read in the Reading Eagle today that beginning August 6th this bridge will be closed for replacement until December 2019.This bridge which was originally 25 feet wide and 253 feet long will be replaced with a precast concrete beam span that will be 34 feet wide and 268 feet long.Preliminary work began in February with intermittent lane closures.The $3.7 million project includes drainage,curb and sidewalk repair and accessibility ramps.This project was originally slated to be completed in August 2019.Removal of a UGI gas line from the bridge was held up by a permit needed from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to bore under the Schuylkill River to place the new pipeline.Daily average traffic volume is 1,270 vehicles.Detours will be in effect while the bridge is being replaced.

Schuylkill River Bridge
Posted February 28, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just read in today's Reading Eagle that this bridge which is structurally deficient will be demolished and replaced with a 24-foot-wide,253-foot-long span.The $3.7 million project includes drainage,curb and sidewalk repair and ADA ramps.Work is expected to begin in late April with completion in August 2019.Detours will be posted and in effect during construction.