King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has reopened Brower’s Bridge, a historic 117-year-old bridge carrying Mansion Road over the south branch of French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal townships, Chester County, following the completion of a bridge rehabilitation project.
PennDOT’s contractor conserved the original plaque and brick frame on the 25-foot-long and 15-foot-wide single-span stone arch bridge, which is listed with the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Reading Furnace Historic District. Other improvements to the structure included masonry cleaning, repointing, scour protection and milling and paving of the roadway.
Brower’s Bridge (Mansion Road Bridge) is one of five structures in Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $4,948,703 project.
Structures completed under this project include:
- Kaolin Road over the west branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township, Chester County; and
- Concord Road over Green Creek in Concord Township, Delaware County.
Other structures in progress include:
- Route 63 (Red Lion Road) over Huntingdon Valley Creek in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County; and
- Route 320 (Trinity Lane) over Gulph Mills Creek in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County. Built in 1789, the Trinity Lane Bridge is also listed with the National Register of Historic Places and noted as the fifth oldest bridge in the Unites States of America.
J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on this bridge improvement project that is financed with 100 percent state funds. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in early fall 2021.
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