The Dunks Ferry Road Bridge over Poquessing Creek at the boundary between Philadelphia and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania demonstrates that small bridges need not be mundane. This single 60-foot-span bridge, a combination of cast-in-place and precast concrete, was deigned and is owned by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets, Bridge Section. Contractor Tony DePaul & Son built the approaches and cast abutments, wing-walls, and parapets in place, using adjacent concrete box beams as the principal superstructure members.
The contractor reports that total bridge cost was $65 per square foot. At a time when small bridge replacement has assumed a major role in restoring the national infrastructure, the Dunks Ferry Bridge demonstrates concrete construction's potential by showing that replacement structures can be aesthetically pleasing as well as cost-effective.