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Posted September 30, 2021, by Daniel Prives (prives [dot] dan [at] gmail [dot] com)

A better view of the tunnel between the Wilson Street and Winchester Street sections can be seen from Argyle Avenue, near Pennsylvania Avenue. The tunnel openings are visible from the south ends of the bridge on both sides of the street.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.3027811,-76.6354862,3a,75y,3...

Jug Bridge (Maryland)
Posted September 30, 2021, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a shame this bridge collapsed. It would have been nice to see it still standing and preserved as a pedestrian bridge.

Posted August 16, 2021, by Ted Thompson (ted [at] federalproductions [dot] com)

Definitely looking North. Note the Hunington streetcar trestle in yhe distance.

The fact that it's there means the camera is at the north end of the Baltimore yard, and the view is looking to the north. The fact that its visible means this must be when the "tunnel" was being constructed.

The city built this tunnel when they decided to fill the area as the eastern approach to the soon to be built 29th Street viaduct.

Posted August 11, 2021, by Erin (erindingle [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you both for responding. People always hit their horn driving through the underpass. I still do when I'm up that way. 😊

Posted July 28, 2021, by Warren Jenkins (wwjenkins77 [at] verizon [dot] net)

It's possible this tunnel was rebuilt when concrete construction became popular on the WMRY (pre WW1). The original alignment was bypassed c.1938, when the current MD 550 was rerouted through the underpass by the Sabillasville P.O., and westward into Highfield/Cascade.

You are welcome to either contact or visit the WMRHS in Union Bridge for a more definite answer...

Posted July 28, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Erin,

Unless this bridge is a stone arch bridge that was encased in concrete, I would assume its newer than the 1870s as concrete most likely would not have been used at that time.

Posted July 28, 2021, by Erin (erindingle [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was this underpass/bridge built in 1872 or later? Many thanks. Grew up next to this bridge in the old Sanatorium Power House Apartment.

Posted July 23, 2021, by Lyle Garitty (LGaritty [at] gmail [dot] com)

Charles Latrobe was in fact the engineer who designed the bridge. The Lady baltimore statue from the bridge in Mount Royal Terrace Park has a plaque adorned with his name as the engineer.

LG (Jul 2021)

Posted July 17, 2021, by Geoff Blyth (gwrblyth [at] gmail [dot] com)

"this is the oldest railroad bridge in the world still in use".

Sorry that's not true. The Skerne Bridge at Darlington on the Stockton & Darlington Railway, Co Durham, England, holds that honour. Construction stated in 1824 and it was completed the following year, prior to the opening on 27 September 1825.

The next oldest oldest is at Machen in South Wales, dating from 1826. Both are still in use for traffic.

So far as I know, the Carrollton Viaduct is the third oldest. The B&O opened 3 months before the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, generally regarded as the first main line in the world - double track from the outset, all trains operated by the company and hauled by locomotives.

Posted April 17, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Yes it is.

Posted April 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://bridgehunter.com/md/cecil/prr-octoraro-creek/

I believe this is the plate girder bridge underneath.

Posted April 16, 2021, by Carl Moore (carlm0404 [at] gmail [dot] com )

I also took this photo. That lower level trestle is off camera to left.

Posted April 16, 2021, by Carl Moore (carlm0404 [at] gmail [dot] com )

Your entry for this viaduct fails to account for lower level trestle (see enclosed photo) with black side panel coming in from the left and going under said viaduct.

Posted March 25, 2021, by Tim Ebel (Thinkbigbuildsmart [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is located at 8454 frederick rd In Historic Ellicott City

Posted March 13, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interestingly, this bridge changed manufacturers when it was moved from its original location to its present one :^)

This bridge is listed as a King in this listing and WIBCo. in the listing for the new location (as the time of this posting and I'm leaving it for now because it is kind of interesting). The information in this listing was from the National Historic Register filing prepared during 1976-1977 and not contradicted by the HAER survey in 1993. The Register filing also had a build date of ca. 1890. Because the original documentation about the bridge wasn't available and national databases and the internet didn't exist, there wasn't any practical way to check.

We now know the bridge was made by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company (because of the 'Keystone Column' arch) in the early to mid 1870s. This new understanding of the bridge's history is based on the combined knowledge accumulated on this site.

Regards,

Art S.

Here's a link to Maryland's description of the bridge: https://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRTourDetail.aspx?FROM=NRTourDet...

Posted January 10, 2021, by Ed Pollock (edworld1103 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been rehabbed into part of the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

Posted December 12, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ah...are you referring to what would be the bridge over Rock Creek, presumably this one?: http://bridgereports.com/1241187

The bridge that's there now doesn't seem particularly noteworthy - whether or not the bridge exists on a major traffic route is beside the point of whether a bridge would be considered "historic and notable". There's countless bridges that exist today on high-traffic routes that are otherwise not really noteworthy outside of the fact that they're on those high-traffic routes - therefore, they're not the sorts of bridges that would go here.

Now, the one that would have been built in the 1920s? Feel free to create a page for that.

Posted December 12, 2020, by Jack Toomey (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

People complain about the width of this bridge and actually blame them for building the viaduct too small by accident

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It does not occur to them that the B&O architects could not possibly foresee the invention of the automobile and at the time of the construction all they had was men on horses or occasional horse and wagon.

Posted December 12, 2020, by Jack Toomey (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hi,

This is another bridge built by CCC workers

Posted December 12, 2020, by Jack Toomey (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hi,

I thought Id tell you that this bridge was built by CCC workers during the Depression.

Excellent site.

Jack Toomey

Poolesville, Md

Posted December 12, 2020, by Jack Toomey (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hi,

I am curious about the absence of the Connecticut Avenue bridge in Montgomery County. It has always been a major bridge on the north south route into Washington DC.

I have a photo of the bridge built in the 1920s and of course the new bridge built around 1960 is available online.

Jack Toomey

Poolesville, Md

Posted November 1, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

This road not built until after 1985; photo refers to Choptank River Drawbridge (3rd) BH 62478

Posted October 29, 2020, by bollman man! (email [dot] exe)

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this is such a cool bridge what the heck

Posted September 19, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

IS that the Norfolk & Western logo etched in the concrete above the roadway?

Posted September 15, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Columbia Bridge Works span of the week.

The Devilbiss Covered bridge was washed out as a result of the Johnstown Flood. One span was destroyed, the other was salvageable. Initially it was decided to reset the salvageable covered span and replace the western span with a new iron bridge. The western span was put out for bid on June 28, 1889.

Wrought Iron Bridge Co. was awarded the western span on July 19, 1889.

Subsequently, it was decided to relocate rather than reset the covered span, which became the Utica Mills Covered bridge http://bridgehunter.com/md/frederick/utica-mills-covered/ Thus the eastern span was put out for bid and won by a different company - CBW!

One of the last Columbia Bridge Co. (CBW) bridges built. Awarded in Sept of 1889 for $3,035.

Posted August 29, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

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Posted August 29, 2020, by Luke
Posted August 28, 2020, by Edward Pollock (edworld1103 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I walk along this rail trail all the time. The picture shown is not of the bridge in this location.

Posted August 10, 2020, by Glen Hartsock (glenhartsock [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hello:

I qualified on the Marley Neck Drawbridge in August of 1984 and operated the bridge also known as bridge 8a until November 1989. Requalified on the bridge again July 2007 until July 2011. When I happily retired in 2016 I believe the railroad was planning to eliminate the bridge operator and operate the bridge from a remote office location miles away from the bridge. Best job I ever had.

Thanks for your help.

Glen Hartsock

Posted June 30, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed the entrance to the tunnel looked damaged in some of the pictures.Was there a freight train accident at the entrance to the tunnel?

Posted June 10, 2020, by Mary Schreiber (maryschreiber [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

I would like to know how to find out who designed the original bridge. In my great, great grandfather's obituary it say he did. His name was Joseph Schreiber. I also wanted to see if there would be pictures of the original construction. I'm hoping there may be some pictures of him.

Posted May 10, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

insert bay name joke here:______________

Posted April 27, 2020, by jilllian storms (jas8989 [at] comcast [dot] net)

If it helps, here is a plan of lower Wyman Park c.1911 that shows all the various bridges, the Stony Run stream in blue and the Ma & Pa railroad line in purple. The green arrow shows where the image in the vintage postcard from the last post might have been taken from. (North is up)

Posted April 27, 2020, by jillian storms (jas8989 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This vintage postcard shows a bridge that appears to be an exact replica of the Wyman Park Drive Bridge but is labeled Cross Country Boulevard Bridge over Stony Run, Hamilton, near Baltimore Md. However, Cross Country Blvd travels along the Western Run, not Stony Run, and is in northwest Baltimore, not the northeast like Hamilton. I believe the postcard is mislabeled as sometimes happened.

Most intriguing, the postcard appears to show something akin to the Huntingdon Avenue Streetcar Viaduct viewed through the bridge's archway: https://bridgehunter.com/md/baltimore-city/bh70164/

However, your online write up indicates that the Wyman Park Drive Bridge was built in 1920 and this postcard was postmarked 1914. What proof do you have of the construction date of the bridge? It likely was built before 1914 as the Olmsted Brothers laid out the design and grading of Wyman Park Drive in 1909 per this site plan: https://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc5300/sc5339/...

Please advise ~

Posted April 27, 2020, by jilllian storms (jas8989 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The photos shown on this page are definitely those of the Wyman Park Drive Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/md/baltimore-city/200000BC8033010/

The Remington Bridge is an earthen bridge with trees growing up on either side. See attached photo.

Hope you will correct as this has caused confusion in my research.

Thank you for your wonderful website!

Posted April 6, 2020, by Jimmy (Jkeefe1988 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I walked across this bridge in 2016 and it had been abandoned for sometime. Any way someone can verify that it is still abandoned?

Posted March 26, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The trusses are riveted and laced, the upper bracing is welded. I wonder if the 1994 rehab involved bringing in and strengthening a truss from elsewhere.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I concur with Mr. Holth... This is clearly not an 1884 span.

Posted February 6, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Stylistically, this bridge looks looks much older than 1891.

Posted January 26, 2020, by krisbels (krisbels [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just wanted to let you know that the Cedar Avenue bridge WAS replaced by the Wyman Park Drive bridge. See link for more info.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/features/retro-baltimore/bal-th...

Thanks,

Kris

Posted December 24, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Geoff,can this abandoned B & O trestle I located along with any other trestles or bridges along this abandoned rail line be located and put on the Bridgehunter site?

Posted December 24, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice Research Geoff

Posted December 23, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks for confirming,Geoff.Thought it was a trestle.

Posted December 23, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Good catch George. It was the B&O Childs Branch to Providence MD, it shows very well on 1942 Topo maps.

Posted December 23, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I followed Rte 545 under the overpass on street view and found what I think is an old railroad trestle on the left not far beyond the overpass.This trestle cannot be seen on Google maps.There also seems to be an abutment or pier on the other side of the highway.Confirmation would be appreciated.

Posted November 26, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Todd Baslee pic

Posted November 26, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Just sad, they are going to demolish this bridge and replace it with an ugly new bridge that offers NOTHING in terms of increased capacity. A priceless historic bridge demolished for what? A shoulder? Sad. https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2019/11/maryland-approves-narrow...

And what a bunch of garbage when they say the new bridge will last 100 years. Good luck with that.

Posted November 4, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

The closest I can find is that this portion of the Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad was completed in 1877.

Posted November 3, 2019, by Jeffrey Bundy (jkbundy [at] zoomintermet [dot] net)

This bridge seems so out of place spanning this creek. When was the Octoraro Viaduct bridge built? What is it's history?

Posted October 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge looks like its been replaced with a modern truss that probably was claimed to be a "replica" but clearly isn't.

Posted June 29, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Jack, I hope the articles answers your questions.

Posted June 29, 2019, by Jack (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

Id like to know the specifics of the bridge at this location that was built in 1880. Apparently it collapsed under the weight of a heavy truck and three people were killed and many injured.

Thanks in advance for any information.

Posted June 28, 2019, by Jack (Jackt21262 [at] aol [dot] com)

The railroad bridge that once stood at this location was the objective of the Confederate forces during the Battle of Monocacy in 1864.

Posted June 4, 2019, by Steve (shymanfl [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is like 200 foot tall and is not for folks who have a heights problem.

Posted February 13, 2019, by Barry (Bllauver33 [at] gmail [dot] com )

Does anyone have pictures or descriptions of the "long bridge "which connected Brooklyn to Port Covington prior to the Hanover Street bridges?

Posted January 7, 2019, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I agree.

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

I have actually been to this bridge when I was a baby.

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. Its 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. Its 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.