Bell's Mill Road over Wissahickon Creek


+40.07920, -75.22550
40°04'45" N, 75°13'32" W


Source: National Bridge Inventory. Information not verified; use at your own risk.
Name:Bell's Mill Road over Wissahickon Creek
Structure number:000000000039218
Old structure number:677301012003400 (from 1992 edition)
Location:SW of Germantown Ave16G02
Purpose:Carries highway over waterway
Route classification:Minor Arterial (Urban) [16]
Length of largest span:29.9 ft. [9.1 m]
Total length:66.9 ft. [20.4 m]
Roadway width between curbs:24.3 ft. [7.4 m]
Deck width edge-to-edge:27.2 ft. [8.3 m]
Owner:City or Municipal Highway Agency [04]
Year built:1820
Historic significance:Bridge is not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places [5]
Number of main spans:2
Main spans material:Masonry [8]
Main spans design:Arch - Deck [11]
Deck type:Not applicable [N]

Latest Available Inspection: April 2017

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Poor
Status:Posted for load [P]
Average daily traffic:12,200 [as of 1980]
Superstructure condition:Poor [4 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Poor [4 out of 9]
Structural appraisal:Meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is [4]
Deck geometry appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement [2]
Water adequacy appraisal:Somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is [5]
Roadway alignment appraisal:Equal to present desirable criteria [8]
Channel protection:Bank and embankment protection is severely undermined. River control devices have severe damage. Large deposits of debris are in the channel. [4]
Scour condition:Bridge is scour critical; bridge foundations determined to be unstable. [3]
Sufficiency rating:42.6
Recommended work:Bridge rehabilitation because of general structure deterioration or inadequate strength. [35]
Estimated cost of work:$240,000

Previous Inspections

DateConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureADTSuff. Rating
April 2017Poor-PoorPoor1220042.6
April 2015Poor-PoorPoor1220042.6
October 2013Poor-PoorPoor1220042.5
October 2011Poor-PoorPoor1220042.6
October 2009Poor-PoorFair1220042.6
October 2007Poor-PoorCritical122006.0
October 2005Poor-SeriousPoor1220018.7
October 2003Poor-SeriousPoor1220016.7
October 2001Poor-PoorFair1220039.8
October 1999Poor-PoorFair1220037.2
October 1997Poor-PoorFair1220037.2
October 1995Fair-GoodFair1220056.9
October 1993Good-GoodGood1220069.3
October 1991Fair---1220015.4