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Wicomico River Bridge


Wicomico River Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2014


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BH Photo #282885


Street Views 


Bascule bridge over Wicomico River on MD 991 in Salisbury
Wicomico County, Maryland
Open to traffic
Built 1927; rehabilitated 1980
- W.C. Hopkins
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 44.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36530, -75.60414   (decimal degrees)
38°21'55" N, 75°36'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/447222/4246519 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory number
BH 19805 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2018: Updated by Timothy and Joann Phillips: Corrected date built
  • December 16, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • April 28, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 20, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Changed status to "open to traffic"
  • November 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Douglas Butler
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips


Wicomico River Bridge
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.

Wicomico River Bridge
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?

Wicomico River Bridge
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.

Wicomico River Bridge
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.

Wicomico River Bridge
Posted February 12, 2009, by Anonymous

This bridge was closed for rehabilitation a few years ago and has reopened to traffic.