Bridge slated for demolition OK’d for national register

posted Tue, Jan 19, 2010

Daily Local News

KENNETT — Officials informed Chandler Mill Bridge Preservation Consortium members on Jan. 11 that the Chandler Mill Bridge was approved for the National Register of Historic Places.

This designation by the National Park Service will require Chester County to undertake stricter review and public consultation when determining the bridge's fate.

For years, township officials, residents, and local conservation, planning and historic organizations have protested the proposed demolition of the quaint, one-lane bridge, the oldest span in the township.

Despite these appeals, and favorable concessions by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the primary funders and regulatory agencies, Chester County officials want to replace it with a two-lane bridge.

The Chandler Mill Bridge Consortium members have worked since 2006 to save the bridge by trying to persuade township and county officials to recognize the historic and cultural significance of this original steel-plate girder bridge, circa 1910.

The county vowed to make a good-faith effort to save the bridge but disregarded the consortium's engineering report verifying the viability of a bridge rehabilitation that would keep the one-lane bridge dimensions and its current aesthetics, the consortium says.

The bridge lies within the Red Clay Creek Historic Conservation Corridor, which encompasses about 500 acres preserved for passive recreation.

To date, $5 million in state, county, township, and private funding has been expended to purchase this land, create walking trails and preserve historic sites near the Chandler Mill Bridge.

The national recognition from the highest authority charged with preserving the nation's cultural, historic and scenic resources is vital to retaining the rural character of the community, local officials say.  

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