Bell's Mill Road over Wissahickon Creek


+40.07925, -75.22547
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:BELLS MILL ROAD 16G02
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 eligible for the National Register of Historic Places [2]
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 2015

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]
Operating rating:43.9 tons [39.9 metric tons]
Inventory rating:35.0 tons [31.8 metric tons]
Sufficiency rating:42.6

Previous Inspections

DateSuff. RatingConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureSD/FOADT
April 201542.6Poor-PoorPoorSD12200
October 201342.5Poor-PoorPoorSD12200
October 201142.6Poor-PoorPoorSD12200
October 200942.6Poor-PoorFairSD12200
October 20076.0Poor-PoorCriticalSD12200
October 200518.7Poor-SeriousPoorSD12200
October 200316.7Poor-SeriousPoorSD12200
October 200139.8Poor-PoorFairSD12200
October 199937.2Poor-PoorFairSD12200
October 199737.2Poor-PoorFairSD12200
October 199556.9Fair-GoodFairFO12200
October 199369.3Good-GoodGoodFO12200
October 199115.4Fair---FO12200