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Posted November 29, 2018, by CARL MOORE (carlm0404 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is there any photo of two Monocacy River bridges side by side on what is now MD 144? The older one has since been dismantled. And is there an old photo which only shows that older bridge!

Posted November 27, 2018, by Anonymous

That must be why "old" is in the bridge's title.........

Posted November 27, 2018, by Jeff Rose (jeffarose [at] gmail [dot] com)

The picture posted is the old bridge. The house in the distance is still present in what now is a subdivision.

Posted September 25, 2018, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember walking on the original bridge (now a pier) with my father since the 2000s.

Posted July 15, 2018, by Luke

I wish I could say I was surprised that the girders were scrapped despite going to a museum, but if I know foamers, if it's not a loco or depot, they don't care about it.

Posted July 10, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Trish Kane of the Burr Covered Bridge Resource Center in Oxford, NY sent me some amazing photos of this bridge and the nearby long-gone St. Paul Street Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/md/baltimore-city/st-paul-street/

This bridge had a plaque and its fancy text is hard to read, but looks like noted engineer C. H. Latrobe to me. I assume he did the St. Paul Street Bridge also, but I don't have 100% proof of that yet, so for that bridge I listed him as the assumed engineer.

These were really unusual heavy-duty bowstring truss bridges.

Posted July 9, 2018, by Jack Toomey (JackT21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge collapsed during the original construction and several workers were killed.

Posted June 4, 2018, by Joshua Bittner (joshua [dot] s [dot] bittner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Part of the bridge was wiped out

Posted May 29, 2018, by Luke

This bridge and the adjacent girder both survived the insane flooding event this past weekend.

Posted April 21, 2018, by Luke

Considering there's no "Photo added by" update, one can assume via context clues that Rachel was the original photographer.

Posted April 21, 2018, by Anonymous

"License: Public domain: Released by author"

Posted April 21, 2018, by Anonymous

Only the person that posted the pic or James can delete a pic. Generally, we just add the new pic, edit it to be the thumbnail and leave the old pics on the page

Royce

Posted March 25, 2018, by In lay pontist

27.9 feet

Posted March 25, 2018, by pretty sure

Aprox= 4.99 smoot

Posted March 25, 2018, by Christy Menter (christymenter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would love to know the measurements of the portion of the bridge that goes over main street. Anyone know that?

Posted March 13, 2018, by Anne Thomas (annethomas20712 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to an article in the March 9 Herald-Mail, this bridge is undergoing a $1 million rehabilitation.

Posted March 7, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Leslie,thank God I kept the article about the derailment.Four rail cars fell in the Susquehanna river.CSX doesn't know if wind was a factor.

Posted March 6, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Leslie,according to the newspaper article i read 4 cars were off of the tracks.

Posted March 6, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

I think the engine and the majority of the cars were of the bridge I heard the river is like a wind tunnel so the train must of blew over I would not know for sure because I live in oregon but I have Ben reading about the accident.

Posted March 6, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Leslie,this is the bridge.The newspaper article mentioned I-95 and this bridge is near I-95.Thanks,Leslie.I don't know where the accident was if it was on the bridge.

Posted March 5, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

I think it is probably this bridge.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Luke

Can you provide any historical info on the bridge?

Posted February 26, 2018, by Teddy Reed (teddythebuilder [at] gmail [dot] com)

The weight limit is 15 tons for a vehicle with axles less than 25 feet apart and is 27 tons for vehicles larger than that. Also if your wheels are eight feet apart, you can use the supports allowing you to drive up to 21 tons of vehicle across the bridge. Assuming you can get past the lock. I have a key if anyone wants to get onto the island. Just email me and ill come by and unlock it for you.

Posted February 16, 2018, by Anonymous

What a Marvelous Bridge to by pass in place. Canoe put in and tourist destination! Such history.

Posted February 16, 2018, by Anne Thomas (annethomas20712 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Maryland State Highway Administration is considering demolishing and replacing this bridge, according to an article in The Herald-Mail, Feb. 13, 2018.

Posted December 15, 2017, by Elliott R Plack (elliott [dot] plack [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a plaque on this bridge that I'd like to get a photo of but is in a near impossible place to do so. The plaque is on the first truss span that rises above the roadway, facing the roadway, on the southbound side. Here's a Google Street View Map of it, but this angle makes it impossible to see: https://goo.gl/maps/e8EKPbFNoYo

Do any BH members have a clear, up-close shot of this plaque?

Posted November 19, 2017, by Nancy Merrill (Nancy [at] southriverfederation [dot] net)

We think this may be the bridge, since you can see it has a movable center in the foreground of the photo. The shadows indicate the photo is South facing. The photo was posted by MD State Highway on Facebook in November 2017.

Posted November 13, 2017, by Tyler Wilson (txwilson24 [at] gmail [dot] com)

New Photo from 2017

Shot with iphone 7plus cam, nothing fancy , raw image.

thank ya

Posted November 2, 2017, by Daniel Timothy Dey

Are you hiding the height of the bridge in order to avoid scaring people who are already scared of driving on the thing?

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.