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Little Catoctin Creek Bridge


The current Pete Wiles Road bridge

Photo taken by Alexander D. Mitchell IV in April 2013


BH Photo #253198


Bailey pony truss bridge over Little Catoctin Creek on Pete Wiles Road
Middletown, Frederick County, Maryland
Open to traffic
Built 1910; rehabilitated 1973
Bailey pony truss
Span length: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 65.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46884, -77.54983   (decimal degrees)
39°28'08" N, 77°32'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/280656/4371910 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory number
BH 47805 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 5, 2013: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • January 21, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV


Little Catoctin Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2013, by Don Morrison

It seems the only factual error is the date of 1910; about 32 years before Donald Bailey designed his namesake truss. The rehab date of 1973 apparently is the date the Bailey truss replaced the 1910 bridge.

The bridge is 40 years old, and you've photo documented it. Perhaps it is best to not remove this entry.

....Or did you nominate the bridge itself for removal? They could put in a nice UCEB here. 8^)

Little Catoctin Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2013, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

As should be plainly obvious from the photo, there is no way the current structure dates to 1910. The locals I talked to believe this bridge replaced a bridge washed out in Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972, and the National Bridge Index never noted the new construction of what was supposed to be a temporary structure. I nominate this for removal.