Albertus L. Meyers Bridge

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Eighth St. over Little Lehigh and Railroad Sts., Allentown, Pennsylvania

Open-spandrel arch bridge over Little Lehigh Creek on PA 2055 (8th Street) in Allentown

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Description 

It is one of the earliest surviving example of "monumental" reinforced concrete construction. Initially planned in 1900 as a steel truss structure over the Little Lehigh Creek, the final result, built more than a decade later, represents the financial collaboration between the Allentown Bridge Company's founders and Harry Trexler, owner of Lehigh Portland Cement Company. At the turn of the 20th century, concrete and related products were becoming an important component in the Lehigh Valley's economy alongside the earlier iron and steel industries... -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER PA-459)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Reference number
88000870
NR name
Meyers, Albertus L., Bridge
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Open-spandrel arch
Area of significance
Engineering
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Road-related
Current function
Road-related
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1913

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