Market Street Bridge (Susquehanna River)

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Market Street Bridge
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Market Street Bridge (Harrisburg) HAER color 1.jpg
HAER photo of the Market Street Bridge
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Cumberland, Dauphin
City Harrisburg
Road Market Street and BicyclePA Route J (4 lanes)
Crosses Susquehanna River
Coordinates 40°15′24″N 76°53′5″W / 40.25667°N 76.88472°W / 40.25667; -76.88472Coordinates: 40°15′24″N 76°53′5″W / 40.25667°N 76.88472°W / 40.25667; -76.88472
Length 1,415 ft (431 m) [1]
 - Mainspan 89 ft (27 m)
Width 59 ft (18 m)
Architect Modjeski & Masters,
Paul Philippe Cret
Material Stone
Built 1928
Governing Body PennDOT
NBI Number 223012003000000[permanent dead link]
NRHP Ref Number 88000759
ADT 12,825 [1]
Load 49 metric tons (54 short tons) [1]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1988
MPS Highway Bridges Owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation TR
Market Street Bridge (Susquehanna River) is located in Pennsylvania
Market Street Bridge (Susquehanna River)
Location of the Market Street Bridge in Pennsylvania
Wikimedia Commons: Market Street Bridge (Harrisburg)

The Market Street Bridge is a stone arch bridge that spans the Susquehanna River between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania. The current structure is the third bridge built at its current location and is the second oldest remaining bridge in Harrisburg.[2] The bridge carries BicyclePA Route J across the river.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988 and was documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in 1997.


The Camelback Bridge was the first bridge built to cross the Susquehanna River. The Theodore Burr designed bridge was built by Jacob Nailor, starting in 1814, and was opened as a toll bridge in 1820. The Camelback remained the only bridge until the Walnut Street Bridge was built in 1890. In 1902, the Camelback Bridge was destroyed by a flood and in 1905 a two-lane replacement bridge was erected at the same location. The current structure is the result of the widening of the replacement bridge in 1926. Columns at the Harrisburg entrance to the bridge were salvaged from the old State Capitol which burned in 1897.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory (2008). "Place Name: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania NBI Structure Number: 223012003000000; Facility Carried: SR 3012". (Alexander Svirsky). Retrieved December 4, 2008. [permanent dead link] Note: this is a formatted scrape of the 2006 official website, which can be found here for Pennsylvania: "PA06.txt". Federal Highway Administration. 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Patricia Remy (November 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Market Street Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ City of Harrisburg (2002). "Harrisburg Visitor's Guide: Center City Sights". Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 

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