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CSX - Susquehanna River Bridge

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Main span on west side of island

This is the longest through truss span on the bridge at over 500 feet.

Photo taken by Jann Mayer in September 2005

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #239988

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Description 

This bridge crosses the Susquehanna River between Havre De Grace and Perryville, MD. Although it crosses Garrett Island in the middle, it is a continuous bridge consisting of 38 spans.

The west side of the river has a 500+ foot through Pennsylvania truss and 8 230 foot deck truss spans. The east side has a 500+ foot deck Pennsylvania truss, a 400 foot through Pennsylvania truss, and 2 230 foot deck truss spans. The spans over the island were originally girder spans, much shorter than the others.

Facts 

Overview
Through and deck truss bridge over Susquehanna on railroad
Location
Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland, and Cecil County, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1907-09 by Baltimore & Ohio RR as double-track bridge and opened January 6, 1910, later single-tracked
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Main spans: Pennsylvania through and deck trusses and Pratt deck truss. Eleven deck truss spans total; 23 girder spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 520.0 ft.
Total length: 6,109.0 ft. (1.2 mi.)
Also called
Baltimore & Ohio RR Susquehanna River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.56640, -76.09342   (decimal degrees)
39°33'59" N, 76°05'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/406077/4380204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Havre De Grace
Inventory number
BH 52605 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2017: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • November 9, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • May 25, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 10, 2015: HAER photos posted by Nathan Holth
  • December 14, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated details and dates
  • November 20, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added/corrected details
  • September 25, 2012: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added description and photos
  • June 2, 2012: Added by Rachel Lipton

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Rachel Lipton
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Article On Previous Bridge Collapse
  • HAER MD-46 - Susquehanna River Bridge, Spanning Susquehanna River, Havre de Grace, Harford County, MD
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

CSX - Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The 500+ foot spans would have been among the longest simple truss spans when built. The deck truss span is particularly significant since most record-breaking spans are thru trusses, presumably because long spans require deep trusses that normally would not fit under the roadway level as a deck truss. Here is an article on the previous bridge: http://books.google.com/books?id=058oAQAAMAAJ&dq=Susquehanna...