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Matthews Bridge


View Looking Northwest

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #353982


In 1908 the General Assembly empowered the city of Baltimore to establish a reservoir in the valley of the Gunpowder River in Baltimore County. On May 1, 1913, an agreement was entered into between the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and the County Commissioners of Baltimore County, sitting as the Highway Commission of Baltimore County. According to this agreement, creation of the reservoir would necessitate removing the Meredith Ford Bridge and part of what is now known as the Dulaney Valley Road. The city agreed to construct and maintain a new bridge in place of the Meredith Ford Bridge. Originally known as the Mann's Hill Bridge, it was called the Matthews Bridge at the time of its demolition and served as the crossing for Maryland Route 146 over Loch Raven Reservoir. The State Highway Administration maintained jurisdiction of the bridge' approach roadways. Originally the bridge was designed to carry a fifteen ton load, less than half of the legal limit in Maryland at the time of the bridge's demolition. During the 1950's, the posted limitations were reduced to twelve tons, and by the 1970s had been further reduced to a seven ton limit.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Loch Raven Reservoir on MD-146 (Dulaney Valley Road)
Baltimore County, Maryland
Replaced by new bridge
Replaced 1976, Demolished 1978.
- James P. Greiner (Designer/Engineer)
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Branch)
Three span rivet-connected Parker thru truss with vertical end posts.
Also called
MD-146 Bridge
Dulaney Valley Road Bridge
Mann's Hill Bridge
Loch Raven Reservoir Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46284, -76.58044   (decimal degrees)
39°27'46" N, 76°34'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/364039/4369332 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 72301 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2016: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • May 23, 2016: Added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER MD-68 - Matthews Bridge, Spanning Loch Raven Reservoir on Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Independent City, MD