Landenberg Bridge

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Landenberg Bridge
Bridge in New Garden Township
Landenberg Road Bridge.jpg
The new bridge, just after completion in July 2010
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Township New Garden
Road Landenberg Road
Crosses White Clay Creek
Coordinates 39°46′40.9″N 75°46′16.3″W / 39.778028°N 75.771194°W / 39.778028; -75.771194Coordinates: 39°46′40.9″N 75°46′16.3″W / 39.778028°N 75.771194°W / 39.778028; -75.771194
Length 76.5 ft (23 m) [1]
Width 18 ft (5.5 m) [2]
Builder Schuylkill Bridge Company
Design Pratt Pony Truss Bridge
Material Steel
Opened 1899
Maintained by PennDOT
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988
Removed from NRHP March 23, 2010
NRHP Reference # 88000804[3]
Landenberg Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Landenberg Bridge
Location of the Landenberg Bridge in Pennsylvania

The Landenberg Bridge is a truss bridge carrying Landenberg Road across the White Clay Creek in Landenberg, Pennsylvania.

The bridge was originally built by the Schuylkill Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in 1899, using the stone abutments from an earlier (1871) bridge. The 1899 bridge was a Pratt pony truss design, with an unusual cantilevered sidewalk along the north side of the bridge.[4]

Because of its architectural features, the Landenberg Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. However, a PennDOT inspection in the summer of 1999 found that the bridge had undergone serious structural deterioration, and it was immediately closed to traffic.[4] Due to local opposition to widening the bridge, replacement did not begin until 2009, after a compromise was reached to reuse elements of the old bridge in the replacement span and to construct the new span no wider than the roadway. Doing this meant that New Garden Township had to agree to assume control of maintaining the bridge from PennDOT, due to the bridge being narrower than what state design specifications required.[2] The bridge was removed from the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 2010 as the truss system changed from being functional on the original span to ornamental on the new span, which is a simple concrete beam bridge. The new span opened to traffic on July 25, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Landenberg Bridge NRHP Nomination" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Landenberg Bridge". White Clay Watershed Association. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b "History of the Landenberg Bridge". New Garden Historical Commission. Retrieved 2008-07-18.