Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Bridge at West Falls

The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Bridge at West Falls is a stone and iron plate girder bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that carries two CSX Trenton Subdivision tracks over Kelly Drive, Schuylkill River, and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (formerly West River Drive).

Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Bridge at West Falls
Reading Railroad Steel Bridge at West Falls (cropped).jpg
Reading Railroad Bridge at West Falls, looking east toward Kelly Drive
Coordinates40°00′23″N 75°11′33″W / 40.00639°N 75.19250°W / 40.00639; -75.19250 (Bridge at West Falls)Coordinates: 40°00′23″N 75°11′33″W / 40.00639°N 75.19250°W / 40.00639; -75.19250 (Bridge at West Falls)
CarriesCSX Trenton Subdivision
CrossesKelly Drive, Schuylkill River, and Martin Luther King Drive (formerly West River Drive)
LocalePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Characteristics
DesignArch bridge
MaterialStone
Widthtwo tracks
Longest span92.8 feet (28.3 m)
No. of spans9
Piers in water6
History
Construction end1890
Location

It was built in 1890 by the Reading Railroad, and forms a "Y" junction with the adjacent Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Schuylkill River Viaduct (1854). The bridge consists of an 80-foot (24 m) stone arch over Kelly Drive and eight plate-girder spans that follow a 6-degree curve.

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Bridge at West Falls, looking upstream from Kelly Drive.

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