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Talbot Avenue Overpass

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Talbot Avenue Railroad Overpass

Amtrak train 29, the Capitol Limited, heads west under the Talbot Avenue Overpass in April 24, 2016. Photo by Janusz Mrozek, used with permission.

Photo by Janusz Mrozek via RailPictures.net

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BH Photo #352567

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Description 

Pony plate girder with wooden deck, reputed to be a former railroad turntable bridge removed from a roundhouse turntable at Martinsburg, West Va. and reinstalled here "upside down" in 1918.

Proposed for demolition as part of Purple Line transit project; locals are advocating preservation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/a-b...

Preservation being explored by county officials: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/mon...

Demolition confirmed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/par...

"The Maryland Transit Administration has agreed to save the steel girders from the Talbot Avenue bridge, a 100-year-old span in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring, when itís torn down to make way for the light-rail line, the county said. . . . The girders will be installed on a vacant state-owned parcel about two blocks from the bridge, near Talbot and Michigan avenues. They will form short walls on both sides of the Capital Crescent Trail to give runners and cyclists the feel of crossing a bridge."

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Transportation (former Baltimore & Ohio) on Talbot Avenue
Location
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Closed indefinitely April 27, 2017 after failing safety inspection: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/his...

The Maryland Transit Administration has agreed to save the steel girders from the Talbot Avenue bridge, a 100-year-old span in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring, when it's torn down to make way for the light-rail line, the county said. . . . The girders will be installed on a vacant state-owned parcel about two blocks from the bridge, near Talbot and Michigan avenues. They will form short walls on both sides of the Capital Crescent Trail to give runners and cyclists the feel of crossing a bridge.

History
Built 1918; redecked 1986; rehabilitated 1995, closed April 2017
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
Design
Pony plate girder with wooden deck, reputed to be a former railroad turntable bridge removed from a roundhouse turntable and reinstalled here
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 58.1 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Georgetown Junction Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00195, -77.04482   (decimal degrees)
39°00'07" N, 77°02'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/322932/4318981 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kensington
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
1,430
Inventory number
BH 71996 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge doomed; will be demolished with girders incorporated into trail
  • May 4, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge closed indefinitely late April 2017
  • February 8, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Preservation being explored by county officials; link to article added
  • September 25, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Proposed for both demolition and preservation
  • June 30, 2016: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • April 27, 2016: New Street View added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • April 26, 2016: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV