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Posted October 22, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge actually still operates even though trains no longer are on the train tracks. I like to this lifting drawbridge operate in person.

Posted October 22, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have never seen an elevated railway drawbridge in Western Maryland. Itís rare to see an elevated drawbridge in Washington County.

Posted October 22, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a question. Even if it no longer operates, has it been tested?

Posted October 22, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have never seen an elevated railway drawbridge in Western Maryland. Itís rare to see an elevated drawbridge in Washington County.

Posted September 23, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I guess Harford County used to have a movable road bridge.

Posted September 16, 2017, by Luke

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Posted September 16, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates, but the original drawbridge is now shown as display while it was relocated to St. Michael's in 1998. And why did I get two comments?

Posted September 16, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates, but the original drawbridge is now shown as display while it was relocated to St. Michael's in 1998.

Posted September 16, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates, but the original drawbridge is now shown as display while it was relocated to St. Michael's in 1998.

Posted September 3, 2017, by Dottie Hicks (dottie [dot] hicks [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is not on Old York Road (Rte. 439) it is on York Road (Rte 45) , which was originally the York Pa Turnpike. Old York Road is further north near Maryland Line.

Posted August 29, 2017, by j Lerch (j2bl4 [at] aol [dot] com)

Original swing style drawbridge closed November 11, 1982, replaced with the current modern bridge. Pictures of the old span may be available from the Annapolis Capital newspaper.

Posted August 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

They have been testing the traffic light on this bridge. It still operates. This swing bridge doesn't open on just holiday.

Posted August 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

They have been testing the traffic light on this bridge. It still operates. This swing bridge doesn't open on just holiday.

Posted August 9, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Two traffic lights have been removed while the other ones still remain.

Posted August 8, 2017, by Mark Nerenberg (Nerenbergm2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Saw a film/documentary and believe it was the daughter or granddaughter of the builder of this bridge who had possession of these plans Not shore if this is Peter C. Cambell"s family or held by J.E. Greiner Co. In either event we just moved to Crisfield Maryland and though it would be a great original gift to frame for my wife, but can't locate to request a copy. Can you help?

Thanks

Mark Nerenberg

11 Columbia Ave.

Crisfield, Maryland 21817

Posted July 21, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan,

You'll find that is an unpopular opinion on this website. A vast majority of contributors and members of this site advocate for preservation of these historic structures.

Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The crossing gates seen on this bridge are the same type as used for railroad crossings, which are just as dangerous to cross when the gates are down. Railroad crossings do not have stoplights. That said, in my state of Michigan we typically do have traditional three-phase signals (stoplights) in addition to the gates. In contrast, the City of Chicago does not, and only has some red flashing lights off to the side next to the gate arms.

Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

You can't have a drawbridge without a traffic light. Don't you think that would be dangerous?

Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Maybe they should get rid of the old trolley trestle because trolleys can no longer run on the tracks if it's gone.

Posted July 21, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not joking, I'm serious. If you go to MDSHA Projects for Worchester County, you will find MD 611 to Baltimore Avenue. That's how.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan, the National Bridge Inventory lists this as built in 1987 - but I'm inclined to believe the date _on_ the bridge. So I changed it to "1985" and added a note about the two dates.

Thanks for the legwork.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Nathan Deplaplaine

How you know the double leaf bascule bridge is in service some maps can fool you the street view show that a fixed concrete bridge is present

Posted July 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In street view, it appears to have a signal arm, much like a railroad crossing.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the only drawbridge in Maryland not to have a traffic light. It should have a traffic light.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

The date on the original drawbridge said 1952 while the date on the older replacement bridge said 1982.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did walk on this bridge back in 2016. Some of the existing power lines on the abandoned trolley are still there, but some of the existing power lines are gone.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually, the date on the bridge said 1985, not 1987.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This drawbridge still operates, but will be replaced by a new bridge in 2035.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates.

US1 Overpass (Maryland)
Posted June 28, 2017, by Ryan Wilkinson (metrawatt [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is scheduled for replacement starting in the spring of 2018, to be completed in 2020.

http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/webprojectlifecycle/ProjectIn...

Posted June 15, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It is roughly a 350 Foot swing span.

Posted June 15, 2017, by Richard (Wilt308 [at] aol [dot] com)

I was wondering if anyone knows how long the part that turns is?

Thanks R~

Posted June 9, 2017, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

This appears to be a Bailey bridge constructed to replace a bridge washed out in 1972 flooding.

Posted March 10, 2017, by Connie (poof911 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Closed on or about 3/2/2017 - Montgomery County DOT Highways said it's an historic bridge & may take 1 year to reconstruct. FYI.

Posted March 6, 2017, by Dawn (peepers_1973 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you! My 3rd grader was doing a project on bridges and she chose this one! There is hardly anything out there about the actual TRAIN bridge...

Thank you for the information!

Dawn - Ellicott City, MD.

Posted March 6, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The big concern is the Susquehanna River Bridge.

Posted March 5, 2017, by twbutz@gmail.com (twbutz [at] gmail [dot] com)

I do not know if anyone inspected this bridge lately,I would be afraid to ride a train over it.This bridge is in such bad shape.

Posted February 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

John G. Here is Baptist Road Bridge per your description, thanks again

Posted February 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

John added Builder plaque photo to body of bridge description and bridge up the road per your description. If you travel that way take more pictures and thanks for sharing!

Posted February 18, 2017, by JohnG (jfgorham [at] att [dot] net)

Correction 1918 construction.

Posted February 18, 2017, by JohnG (jfgorham [at] att [dot] net)

The 1911 Starners Dam Bridge crosses the Monocacy River on Shoemaker Rd. You have the location correct. The two branches of Alloway creek are crossed by modern spans on Baptist Rd, about 100 yds. northeast of this bridge.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Matt Lohry

I've even seen that minor roadway cracking that happens to be on a bridge deck surface can render it as "structurally deficient". It does not say "structurally unsafe". As Nathan and Robert pointed out, it simply means that the bridge needs some sort of repair. When the sufficiency percentage falls below a certain point, the status becomes "structurally deficient". I don't know what that number is. In contrast, "functionally obsolete" does NOT mean structurally deficient--this simply means that the design of the bridge does not meet current FHA/DOT standards. Such factors as low overhead clearance, narrow lane widths, or lack of shoulders can be determining factors of functional obsolescence. A bridge can be in perfect structural condition and still be considered functionally obsolete.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I also wish to make it absolutely clear that "Structurally Deficient" does NOT mean that a bridge is unsafe for use. In the United States all bridges that are structurally unsafe are immediately closed to traffic. All structurally deficient bridges are safe for use if they are open to traffic and users follow all posted signage for weight and overhead clearance is obeyed. Structurally Deficient is just a fancy way of saying "needs some repair" in the same way your house might need some repairs, but yet at the same time is not unsafe to continue living in until you get around to making those repairs.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The term, structurally deficient, can sound scary. In truth, many bridges that are structurally deficient can be repaired. A lot of times, the reason a bridge gets listed as structurally deficient is due to deterioration on the bottom chord or the deck stringers. In these instances, the rest of the bridge may be in great shape. I am not a bridge inspector so I don't know the situation with this one.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Anonymous

Structurally deficient means your trucks can't keep getting bigger and heavier because of design loading. Functionally obsolete means more of the same, not designed for modern traffic. Fracture critical doesn't mean it's going to fall down tomorrow, either. Engineering terms.

Posted February 15, 2017, by Martha Kirkpatrick (marti [dot] kirkpatrick [at] verizon [dot] net)

Because I, and a lot of heavy trucks and commuter traffic cross this bridge a lot and it's listed here as Appraisal: Structurally deficient, might it be replaced before it falls in the river, and if so when please? I don't see it listed on the county master plan.

Posted January 24, 2017, by Bernard J Sachs (bjsachs [at] outlook [dot] com)

For a Treatise I am writing about streetcar service to Windsor Hills in Baltimore for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, I am trying to locate a picture of the streetcar trestle constructed in 1901-02 by United Railways & Electric at the location of the current Clifton Avenue Bridge and demolished in 1927 to be replaced by a concrete combination streetcar and motor vehicle bridge. I cannot find any pictures of this trestle which was painted red and apparently constructed of wood. Can you give my any help?

Thank you. Bernard J Sachs bjsachs@outlook,com

Posted January 3, 2017, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

From what I've been able to gather, the bridge or viaduct, was built by the Maryland Mining Company of Eckhart Mines. The company owned the Eckhart Branch Railroad, which built from Eckhart to Wills Creek, along Braddock Run, in 1846. The company then built a line across Wills Creek, the viaduct shown, and named the new railroad extension, The Potomac Wharf Branch. It opened to the Potomac Wharf in Cumberland by 1850. So, the viaduct was constructed between 1846 and 1850.

In 1870, the railroad was absorbed into the Cumberland and Pennsylvania (C&P) Railroad.

Posted December 26, 2016, by Mike mitchell (Mmitchell [at] lrwillsonandsons [dot] com)

Trussel went from point of land south of your dot and went strait across Severn

I remember the trussle to the mid 80's

Posted December 26, 2016, by Mike mitchell (Mmitchell [at] lrwillsonandsons [dot] com)

Trussel went from point of land south of your dot and went strait across Severn

I remember the trussle to the mid 80's

Posted December 16, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Hit and run by rental truck with ensuing chase and capture video.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/cops...

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

3 of 3

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

two more photos, 2 of 3

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has been completely renovated and converted to a bike/jogging bridge.

Posted August 25, 2016, by Ian Martin

I think that this could be considered an approach to the adjacent river crossing (http://bridgehunter.com/md/allegany/bh58364/).

Posted August 10, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

sharp! glad it's still being used.

Posted August 4, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Nathan:

Check with the Webmaster about getting an account. If drawbridges are your specialty, it would be great to have you aboard.

Robert

Posted August 4, 2016, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I need you to add a new street view images on every single drawbridge.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks to Julie Bowers / Workin' Bridges since a conversation about another bridge indirectly led me to discover that this bridge is an exceedingly rare example of a Lane truss! I added a streetview and categorized it accordingly. It should be considered among the most significant historic bridges in Maryland.

Posted June 8, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I wrote too quickly. The pointer has been moved to the correct location.

Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I have lived near this crossing for almost fifty years. There was an accident on this bridge (the truss was left open) in 1913. Therefore this bride is older than 1913. The swing trestle was removed in the late 1960's, although the rest of the wooden trestle was not removed until the 1980's. The photograph gives some sense of how small the swing trestle was. The upper end of the Severn River above Annapolis has never been commercially important. The pointer is not anywhere near the location of the bridge. It crossed from Manresa to Wardour, upriver from the Naval Academy bridge and below the present US50 bridge.

Posted April 22, 2016, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

A re-dedication is planned for this coming Monday.

This very funky Burr has a bit of an unusual story behind it, those with interest in wooden spans may wish to click in > https://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/the-curiosity-...

Posted March 30, 2016, by Anonymous

According to uglybridges.com the latest available inspection is 63 out of 100. Deck: Satisfactory, Superstructure: Fair, and Substructure: Satisfactory

Posted March 26, 2016, by Don Morrison

apostrophe and the "s" as well! LOL

Removed Queen Anne (Hardesty) from "city" entry; can't add Queen Anne's county for reason's (lol) already mentioned ....

Posted March 26, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

As Andy Peters pointed out earlier: The two counties connected are Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne's County (complete with apostrophe.)

Posted March 26, 2016, by Don Morrison

Mr. Elliot incorrectly listed this as at the "city" of Hardesty.

The web page only has provision for locating the bridge across adjacent counties, and not across the bay. It should also be in Queen Anne County, but James needs to correct this issue, as mentioned in previous posts.

Hardesty is the official name of the other place named Queen Anne in Maryland, and is inland, on the Patuxent River, west of the Bay.

Thus, the two locations for this bridge should be Anne Arundel county and Queen Anne County.

Reference this other bridge, it is at Hardesty:

http://bridgehunter.com/md/prince-georges/queen-anne/

Posted March 25, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Mr. Elliot, You did not leave an e-mail address. What precisely does "Queen Anne, Hardesty" mean? I know that Hardesty is a common name in this part of Maryland, and I know that the eastern ends of the bridges are in Queen Anne's County on Kent Island, but what does your addition refer to?

Posted March 17, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sandy,

I'm assuming that means it was scrapped rather than simply set aside, correct?

Posted March 15, 2016, by nathan myers (nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If I remember correctly it is pretty low. It is on a remote backroad.

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

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

Posted March 12, 2016, by Don Morrison

Photo 5 has a road sign saying 10 foot clearance.

Posted March 12, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow, looks like very tall vehicle wouldn't make it under. Is it as low as it looks?

Posted March 7, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

As the person who posted all four photos, I should point out that all four photos were secured from cooperative railroad officials, only one of which is willing to be named. Further, the photos from the train are not from a regular passenger train, but from a reward-facing camera riding on a special track inspection vehicle. Anyone attempting to duplicate these photos from a regular Amtrak or MARC passenger train is likely to be very disappointed in the results by comparison.

Posted March 2, 2016, by John

This bridge was originally built for the Western Maryland Rwy. as part of it's push towards Connellsville, PA in the early 20th Century. The tunnel never served the C&Pa (which ran lower down in the valley) or B&O (which took a different route to Connelsville).

Posted March 2, 2016, by John

This bridge was torn down in the late 1990's. It was determined to be the cause of the backup of water that occurred upstream along Wills Creek during the major flood of 1996. http://www.times-news.com/news/memories-of-the-flood-where-s...

When it was torn down, the bridge had not seen a train in over a decade. An increased rail shipping costs in the late '70s caused the last customers in Narrows Park (lower LaVale) to end getting rail shipments, and the railroad to abandon the line.

Posted February 8, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

As the first three photos of this bridge illustrate, often the best photos available from a passenger train of any type are from the rear window after passing by the object of interest. I once stood in the rear window of a moving Amtrak train for an hour, just taking pictures.

One way to deal with dirty train windows is to use a low f-stop, to create a shallow depth-of-field, to help make the dirt on the window out of focus. This will also require a faster shutter speed, which is also a good thing from a moving train. Position the camera lens as close to the window as you can without touching it. But a shallow depth-of-field also requires you to focus carefully on the object and keep it in focus as your train moves away from it. This is not a perfect technique, but it may be the best possible way to get otherwise impossible photos through dirty windows.

Baltimore train-riders: how about a couple more photos of this bridge, out the rear window, before its demise?

Posted February 7, 2016, by Anonymous

The build date needs to be changed. This bridge was built in 1961 not 1932

Posted January 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Historic Bridge Inventory says that this bridge was built 1884 (not 1894) and by the Penn Bridge Company and cites Proceedings of County Commissioners as the source. So it seems to be documented. But this is unlike anything built by Penn Bridge. Did Penn Bridge perhaps erect a bridge fabricated by others?

Posted December 16, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Andy:

You are correct about Anne Arundel County not being listed as a choice. But, that is a problem that can only be fixed by the Webmaster, James Baughn. Have you tried contacting him about this?

Posted December 16, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

connects Queen Anne's County, Md., and Anne Arundel County, Md., but this site does not let you indicate that

Posted December 1, 2015, by Tim Ebel (thinkbigbuildsmart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this bridge available for private use?

Posted November 29, 2015, by Luke

Very nice find!

Posted October 24, 2015, by Luke

Interesting find, Doug.

Posted October 5, 2015, by Anonymous

Why is there no INSPECTION RATING on this bridge shown? A lot of cars travel across this one everyday and was wondering when it was last inspected?

Posted August 3, 2015, by Al Grimes (agrimes [at] curtisengine [dot] com)

In 1968, I operated this bridge as a B&O employee.

It was part of the interlock (tower) system for the B&O.

I was a summer employee going to college, and qualified on many locations!

GREAT SUMMER JOB!

Posted July 19, 2015, by AR

Montgomery County Department of Public Works Bridge Crew did the 1996 reconstruction. Original construction was 1940.

Posted July 9, 2015, by Luke

You can see a different, shorter pier adjacent to the piers for the Bailey truss in the streetview.

Perhaps those were for the bridge the archaeologist crossed?

Posted July 9, 2015, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the archeologist crossed "a" bridge to this island in 1938 but I might have assumed incorrectly assumed that it was the same bridge. It probably replaced that bridge but I wish I knew when. I saw the patent date of the design after I had already submitted the entry.

Posted July 9, 2015, by Anonymous

I doubt this was around in 1938, as the Bailey truss was in development in the UK at the time.

Posted July 7, 2015, by David McCardell (mccardelldavid [at] gmail [dot] com)

The last picture appears to be a doctored photo showing a mirror image of some kind. Note that the two trees on either side are mirror images.

Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Notice of request for bids to rehab this bridge:

http://www.marylandbids.com/bid-opportunities/2015/05/30/635...

Posted March 12, 2015, by Zachary S

Apparently replaced by new concrete bridge in 2011.

Posted January 4, 2015, by Matt Lohry

The tops of the rails in the pic are shiny too, showing that the rail is still in use.

Posted January 4, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sorry to correct a previous commenter, but I have multiple maps and documentation showing this to be a former Baltimore & Ohio bridge, not a WM bridge, and this bridge is still in use. Perhaps this person is confusing this bridge with the former WM Spring Garden/Port Covington bridge up along Interstate 95, which is indeed out of service?

Posted December 10, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

I have crawled all over this location and not found any evidence of any surviving stone archwork at this location. I have to conclude the NBI data is erroneous and that this bridge should be deleted.

Posted December 4, 2014, by djm883

This bridge is still active and opens and closes multiple times a day for boat traffic.

Posted November 26, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The "jug" sculpture was moved to a location adjacent to the interchange of Md. 144 and I-70 on the east side of Frederick.

Posted November 24, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

This bridge may be a very erroneous listing on the NBI. Will follow up upon.

Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)