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Little Elk Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by nathan myers in March 2016

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BH Photo #349896

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Description 

I took Nathan Holth's name for this unusual truss type and called it a "Hybrid" truss, as it is mostly a polygonal Warren truss, but its center panel is arranged in a Pratt configuration.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Little Elk Creek on MD 545. Replaced by ugly plain concrete bridge.
Location
Cecil County, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1900; rehabilitated 1932. Replaced in 2011.
Design
"Hybrid" Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 98.1 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Blue Ball Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.64213, -75.86670   (decimal degrees)
39°38'32" N, 75°52'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/425633/4388397 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newark West
Inventory number
BH 19635 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2014)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
4,721

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2016: New photos from nathan myers
  • September 14, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated location and truss type

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry
  • Nathan Myers - nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2016, by nathan myers (nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, this bridge has been completely replace as of 2011.

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted March 12, 2015, by Zachary S

Apparently replaced by new concrete bridge in 2011.

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

True, and its members are much heavier than those that would typically be found in a bridge built in 1900. The NBI gives a rehabilitation date of 1932--this is most likely the current bridge's build date.

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So yes Matthew.........If I had read your comment in it's entirety, I could have simply agreed with you! (LOL)

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The build date given for this span is way off and might reflect an earlier bridge at this location. This riveted, polygonal truss looks 1930's or later.

Little Elk Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I'm assuming that this bridge is the correct one for this page--the page had no map, and this is the only pony truss bridge listed on the website for Cecil County, and the only one in the NBI, for that matter. This is another one of those "Hybrid" trusses (thanks to Nathan Holth for the name!) with both Warren (outer ends) and Pratt (center panel) configurations. The bridge appears to be in very good shape and does not look like a typical 1900 bridge--this one looks more like a 1930's era truss bridge.