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Ramp Covered Bridge 38-21-11

Photos 

South end of bridge with "clearance logs"

Photo taken by Jodi Christman

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BH Photo #176386

Map 

Description 

Author Paul E. Gill states the following details in his book "...Drive the Road and Bridge the Ford...": Highway Bridges of Nineteenth Century Cumberland County.

Bridge built at the cost of $2,173.

Significant dates: September 1866 - Initial petition for a bridge on this site; Jan. 25, 1881 - Contract awarded; Jan. 13, 1882 - Inspected; 1967 - Extensive repairs made; 1991 - there was an arsonist attempt but his efforts were thwarted In regards to the date, NBI states built in 1870 Gill's book states 1882 which I suspect is based on Cumberland County records as he notes the initial petition in 1866 was rejected by the grand Jury, and a second petition was approved on 1873. The County Commissioners didn't even enter into a contract with Myers until 1881.

Another conflict with NBI data: Dimensions: 130' length, 18'11" width

Old wooden signs read (no longer in existence): 12'1" clearance and another sign says "Warning Capacity 5 Tons"

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Conodoguinet Creek on TR 374 (Covered Bridge Road)
Location
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1882, extensive repairs in 1967
Builder
- Samuel Myers
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 115.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.2 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1980
Also called
Ramps Bridge
Failors Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13625, -77.52350   (decimal degrees)
40°08'10" N, 77°31'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/285011/4445932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newburg
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
248
Inventory numbers
PA 21 7203 0374 3626 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 80003480 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 38-21-11 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
PANBI 14063 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30817 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • March 3, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • December 15, 2011: Photo imported by Jodi Christman
  • July 3, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added details from Paul Gill's "Drive the Roads..." book
  • January 27, 2011: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • January 23, 2011: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • September 6, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman

Sources 

Comments 

Ramp Covered Bridge
Posted January 23, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I guess in keeping with the rustic charm of the covered bridge that "Clearance logs" are better than steel beams. But from a photographers perspective they are still a hindrance and should be placed far enough from the portal to allow an unobstructed view.