The Strawberry Mansion Bridge, built in 1897, is a historic bridge that spans the West River Drive, Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bridge has a total length of 1,250 feet consisting of six (6) approach deck truss spans, and four (4) 3-hinged steel arch truss river spans (span lengths of 200 feet each). The bridge was constructed by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company, originally carried two lanes of traffic and two sets of track carrying the Woodside trolley in Fairmount Park. The City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets, is to perform an in-depth inspection and evaluation, non-destructive testing, seismic analysis, and design of bridge strengthening and rehabilitation for current seismic requirements and AASHTO loadings. The design also included construction of a promenade within the area of the original trolley lines which were abandoned in 1947. The deck, stringers, portions of the steel floorbeams and steel bracing system and the main steel arch truss spans and approach deck truss spans became severely deteriorated resulting in closure of the bridge in July 1996. The results of the inspection findings were reported and replacement and rehabilitation recommendations were developed with preliminary costs estimates. The goals established were to rehabilitate this historic structure with all restoration work being performed within a historical framework that would maintain and preserve the character and fabric or the original design.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
    Town Engineering Building
    Ames, IA  United States  50011-3232
  • Authors:
    • Homaee, H V
    • Nathan, M A
    • Lutz, J F
    • Fike, L B
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  • Publication Date: 1997-3


  • English

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 111-119

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  • Accession Number: 00802422
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2000 12:00AM