Hares Hill Road Bridge

Hares Hill Road Bridge

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The Hares Hill Road Bridge is a single-span, wrought iron, arched-shaped lattice girder bridge. It was built in 1869 in Chester County, Pennsylvania by Moseley Iron Bridge and Roof Company and is the only known surviving example of this kind. The bridge crosses French Creek, a Scenic River, and connects the Village of Kimberton, Pennsylvania and Spring City, PA. The structure has a current load posting of 7 tons ( metric tons).

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The Hares Hill Road Bridge is a single span, 103’- 4” long, wrought-iron, arch-shaped lattice girder structure. It was built in 1869 in Chester County, Pennsylvania by Moseley Iron Bridge and Roof Company. Abraham Taney, Jr., a mason contractor and fabricator, erected the bridge abutments in 1869. Stone masonry abutments support the superstructure and the open grid deck. Over the years, the bridge has had extensive rehabilitations.

The structure is listed in the National Register and has a high degree of historical and technological significance: it is the only known surviving example of Thomas William Moseley’s patented "Wrought Iron Lattice Girder Bridge”. The bridge has been recorded for the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) with detailed drawings, photographs and a substantial historical narrative. The structure carries one lane of traffic on S.R. 1045 (Hares Hill Road) across French Creek. Residences are located along the north bank of French Creek and...
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