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Penn Street - Maiden Creek Bridge


Maiden Creek Bridge -- November 20, 2010

Upstream sideview from Old R.t 22 Bridge

Photo posted by Raymond Klein in December 2010


BH Photo #190880


Street Views 


Concrete tee beam bridge over Maiden Creek on Penn Street
Lenhartsville, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Closed ca. 2013
Built 1922
- Paul D. Kauffman of Reading, Pennsylvania
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 225.1 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Also called
Lenhartsville Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.57333, -75.88500   (decimal degrees)
40°34'24" N, 75°53'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/425091/4491771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
PA 06 7412 0000 0001 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 05496 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 47401 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 10, 2019: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • January 9, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Status corrected, closed between 2012 and 2014 NBI reports
  • June 23, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 26, 2010: Added by Raymond Klein


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Geoff Hubbs


Penn Street - Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2021, by Mike Beers (mbeer886 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Does anyone out there know the date when this bridge closed? I have not found anyone who actually knows. I used to drive over this bridge quite often and was surprised to learn that it is closed.

Penn Street - Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Regis (Regis [dot] Carr [at] comcast [dot] net)

...and then I noted that Maiden Creek does not stop when it enters the south end of Ontelaunee Lake. It continues north - unnamed on the map I was using. And so Maiden Creek does cross under the Penn Street bridge.

Penn Street - Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Regis (Regis [dot] Carr [at] comcast [dot] net)

Why doesn't the Maiden Creek Bridge cross the Maiden Creek? I found a 1910 Census record for Maiden Creek, Berks, Pennsylvania while researching one of the RR workers (Pietro Venturino) who appears to have moved to NJ. I was looking to discover the RR that was working that region circa 1910 and if the RR bridge was part of the 1910 contract. I linked the census to his story and then added this data:

If this is not the proper Pietro Venturino given the spelling of the surname, the census itself is nevertheless a fascinating study. The census itself is a fascinating study. The first entry on the form was an Italian, who ran a commissary store. Forty-five of the next 49 persons on the enumeration were all male, Italian, contract railroad laborers who were all boarding with the store keeper. The men ranged in age from 17 to 53 who immigrated to the the United States between 1902 and 1910; four are listed as able to speak English, the rest speak their native tongue. All the Italians are listed as aliens. In all likelihood, they were are part of the padrone system which served to find employment for immigrants.

Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted July 19, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/19/17 the warning sign about this bridge being closed has been replaced and affixed to a large metal barricade.Also it was reported motorists are being routed onto this bridge by GPS.No wonder that rig got where he was,i'll bet.

Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didn't know that,Dana and Kay.Thanks for the information.If i hear anything in the future about this bridge i will post it as soon as i get it.

Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Tee Beams fast disappearing .........Get pictures while we can.

Maiden Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I posted information on the forum page on 6/17/17 about this bridge being closed and a road closed sign being knocked down by a tractor trailer making a u-turn.I noticed also that the street is actually Penn Ave.,not Penn St.Didn't know this bridge was listed on Bridgehunters.