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The Pennypack Creek Bridge (est. 1697), also known as the Frankford Avenue Bridge, Pennypack Bridge, Holmesburg Bridge, located in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia, is the oldest roadway bridge in America. The three-span, 73-foot-long stone arch bridge carries Frankford Avenue over Pennypack Creek in Pennypack Park. In 1683, William Penn appealed to the English Court at Upland, requesting that a bridge be built across Pennypack Creek. His request was granted, as were other requests for bridges along the King’s Highway. It was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1970. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Originally 18 feet wide when first built with just enough room for two teams of horse to pass each other. It was widened 1893 to accommodate trolley traffic and again in 1950, to fit vehicles. The official address is 8341-8351 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136.