Jodi Christman

About Me 

Email: masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
Website: http://www.christman.consulting/

I live in South Central Pennsylvania. My day job is helping businesses with their marketing and technology needs.

Years ago one of my hobbies--model trains (N-scale)--got me researching bridges as I was creating my own vision for a railroad plan. I found this site and others: http://pghbridges.com/ and http://www.historicbridges.org/ I learned more about bridges, their uses, time periods, etc. I am not an expert, but am driven to research and help document these structures.

Planning a day of bridgehunting through tools like Google Maps, OpenStreetMaps, Bing Maps etc. is as much fun as exploring and photographing the bridges. I also realized my photography and kayak hobby allowed me to capture views of the bridges not everyone has access to. On the water I use a Nikon shockproof/waterproof point'n'shoot and on land I use a Nikon D3100...which is taking me back to my roots in SLR photography.

I enjoy transportation history, especially in the South Central Pennsylvania area. I love to learn about the railroads and waterways, and how timber, coal and other valuable goods were shipped 200-300 years ago. You'll see I capture photos of what "were" bridges--this is in an effort to document and share with others to preserve our history.

My favorite kinds of bridges: Metal trusses.

-Lady Pontist :-)

Check out my blog on my travels, bridges, and more at http://catherderxc90.blogspot.com/

Favorite Photos 

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Bridge Upper Falls

Portage Bridge (Wyoming County, New York)

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Runks Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)

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BPRR - Colonel Drake Highway Overpass (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania)

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South side of bridge (shot from east bank)

Clearfield Creek Bridge (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)
HDR treatment

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NS - Stone Bridge (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)

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Conrail - Little Juniata River Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
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CSX - McCoys Ferry Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)

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Looking north, Keymar Rd below

MMID - Little Pipe Creek Trestle (Frederick County, Maryland)

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Everhart Covered Bridge 38-22-05 #2 (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)

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North side of bridge

Knox Covered Bridge 38-15-15 (Chester County, Pennsylvania)

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Rhodes Mill Bridge (Adams County, Pennsylvania)

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Looking southwest

Friends Creek Road Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)

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Old Mill Road Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)

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McGee's Mills Covered Bridge 38-17-01 (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)

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Birmingham Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
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John Eisenhower Bridge (Adams County, Pennsylvania)

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John Eisenhower Bridge (Adams County, Pennsylvania)

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South side

Wilson's Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Taken from east bank

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Deck to pier

Hancock Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Photo taken on 10/3/2009

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LeGore Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)

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Recent Updates 

Lebanon Valley Rail Trail - Swatara Creek Bridge (Lebanon County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss bridge over Swatara Creek on Lebanon Valley Rail Trail
May 28, 2016: Added
Swatara Creek Bridge (Lebanon County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete arch bridge over Swatara Creek on TR 601 (Jonestown Road) in Jonestown
May 28, 2016: New photo
Thermopolis Swinging Bridge (Hot Springs County, Wyoming)
Bridge over Big Horn River on Pedestrians
April 18, 2016: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected spelling of Swinging
Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Monocacy River on MD 26 in Frederick
August 15, 2015: New Street View added
Dellville Covered Bridge 38-50-16 (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Covered bridge over Shermans Creek on Dellville Road (PA 2002)
November 3, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Changed status due to fire on 11/3/14
NS - Mount Union Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Croghan Pike (522) and Juniata River on Norfolk Southern (former PRR)
September 20, 2014: New photos
Wolf Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Conodoguinet Creek on Wolf Bridge Road (TR 508) in Schlusser
August 17, 2014: New photos
Juniata River Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Juniata River;Norfolk So on US 11&15; SR OO11
July 21, 2014: New photos
Juniata River Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete arch bridge over Juniata River on PA 849
July 21, 2014: New photos
Market Street Railroad Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Market Street on NS and Amtrak
July 13, 2014: Added
West Valley Green Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Wissahickon Creek on Valley Green Road in Whitemarsh Township
June 8, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected road name
Shenandoah Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Lost Through truss bridge over Shenandoah River on Former wagon road
June 1, 2014: Added
CSX - Harpers Ferry Wooden Trestle (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Timber stringer bridge with one deck plate span on CSX Railroad
May 31, 2014: New photos
Antietam Ironworks Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek on Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg
May 20, 2014: New photos
Sandy Hook Bridge (Loudoun County, Virginia)
Deck truss bridge over Potomac River on US 340
May 19, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
Sandy Hook Bridge (Loudoun County, Virginia)
Deck truss bridge over Potomac River on US 340
May 19, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected road name
Neff Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Frankstown Branch Juniata River on PA 4005
May 19, 2014: New photos
Berne Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Schuylkill River on TR 952 (Fisher Dam Road) near Bern (Tilden Twp)
May 16, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Updated status
Jacks Narrows Aqueduct (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Aqueduct over Juniata River on Former Pennsylvania Canal
May 13, 2014: New photo
NS - Juniata River Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Juniata River on Norfolk Southern (former PRR)
May 13, 2014: Added
Juniata River Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Juniata River; Oriskany Road
May 13, 2014: Added
PRR - Little Juniata River Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned girder bridge over Little Juniata River on Former PRR CR
May 12, 2014: Added
PRR Crossing near Isenberg Lane (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Farm road on Former PRR CR
May 12, 2014: Added
St. Mary's Covered Bridge 38-31-01 (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Howe through truss bridge over Shade Creek on T358, Covered Br.
May 12, 2014: New photos
B&O - Harpers Ferry Bollman Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Lost Bollman through truss bridge over Potomac River on B&O Railroad/US 340
April 20, 2014: Photo imported
B&O - Harper Ferry Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Lost Through truss bridge over Potomac River on Former B&O
April 20, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added category "Potomac River"
B&O - Harper Ferry Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Lost Through truss bridge over Potomac River on Former B&O
April 20, 2014: Added
Hayrick Road Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over West Branch Codorus Creek on Hayrick Road
April 13, 2014: New photos
Shoe Farm Bridge (Adams County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Conewago Creek on TR 463 (Schuebert Road)
April 13, 2014: New photos
Starners Dam Bridge (Carroll County, Maryland)
Steel stringer bridge over Alloway Creek on Baptist Road
April 12, 2014: Added
Spring Lane Road Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Dogwood Run on Spring Lane Road
March 16, 2014: Added
Third Street Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Norfolk Southern (former CVRR) on Sr 2035 (Third Street)
March 16, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
West Branch Conococheaque Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over W Br Conococheaque Creek on Sr 4002 (Rt. 30)
March 16, 2014: Added
Letort Spring Run Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge over Letort Spring Run on Bonnybrook Rd,T481
March 15, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Changed date from 1940CA to 1920CA
Letort Spring Run Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge over Letort Spring Run on Bonnybrook Rd,T481
March 15, 2014: Added
NS - Wissahickon Creek Viaduct (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Wissahickon Creek, Lincoln Drive, and Wissahickon Bike Trail on Formerly P&R; currently Norfolk Southern & SEPTA
March 9, 2014: Added
Bells Mill Road Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Wissahickon Creek on Bells Mill Road in Philadelphia
March 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected typo on Wissahickon
Pierceville Bridge (Wyoming County, Pennsylvania)
Lenticular through truss bridge over Tunkhannock Creek on PA 1029
March 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added name
Little Juniata Bridge (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Little Juniata on Sulphur Springs Road
February 24, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
Little Juniata Bridge (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Little Juniata on Sulphur Springs Road
February 24, 2014: Added
Letort Spring Run Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Letort Spring Run on Pa 74; Sr 0074
February 24, 2014: Added
Letort Spring Run Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Letort Spring Run on Harmony Hall,T-420
February 24, 2014: Added
Elmwood Cemetery Bridge (Wayne County, Michigan)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Bloody Run on Cemetery Road
February 18, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected spelling of cemetery
Goodspring Street Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Goodspring Creek on Goodspring Street in Tremont
February 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected Status and GPS Coord.
Goodspring Creek Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Goodspring Creek on Pine Street in Tremont
February 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected Status and GPS Coord.
US209 Overpass (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Reading & Northern RR on Sr 209 (Lr 162)
February 9, 2014: Added
Goodspring Creek Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Goodspring Creek on Pine Street in Tremont
February 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Status changed to closed to traffic
Bear Creek Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on TR 676 (Woodland Drive) in Auburn
February 9, 2014: Updated by Jodi Christman: Changed status
Rappahannock River Bridge (Stafford County, Virginia)
Deck arch bridge over Rappahannock River on Kings Highway
February 1, 2014: Added
Wolf Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Conodoguinet Creek on Wolf Bridge Road (TR 508) in Schlusser
November 19, 2013: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted June 2, 2016

I'm sorry but I have to disagree.

"Truss bridges became a common type of bridge built from the 1870s through the 1930s. Examples of these bridges still remain across the United States, but their numbers are dropping rapidly, as they are demolished and replaced with new structures. As metal slowly started to replace timber, wrought iron bridges in the U.S. started being built on a large scale in the 1870s."

"The Pratt truss was invented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt.[21] This truss is practical for use with spans up to 250 feet (76 m) and was a common configuration for railroad bridges as truss bridges moved from wood to metal. They are statically determinate bridges, which lend themselves well to long spans. They were common in the United States between 1844 and the early 20th century.[21]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truss_bridge

Posted April 18, 2016

New bridge in progress. From Modjeski & Masters website:

http://www.modjeski.com/projects/detail.aspx?I-74-Mississipp...

Posted September 20, 2014

As of Mary 2014 it was abandoned but intact

Posted September 20, 2014

Intact, closed, abandoned as of May 2014

Posted August 7, 2014

Update on the bridge...some good news...

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/08/06/valley-green-bri...

RE: Bridges and photos
Posted June 8, 2014

Royce and Bobette,

You will probably get a few differing opinions on photos so I will start. I shoot more than less. You never know the bridge you are documenting may not exist in a year. I like to notate in the comments what I am shooting so others can see why I took the shot. For wide shots: both portals, oblique, side and barrel shots are good to get (if you can--sometimes shrubs, trees, buildings, landscape don't allow). I also may take photos of the bridge's surrounding (e.g., a historical home next to bridge) or views up/down stream. Detail shots are close-ups such as plaques, connections, abutments (including attaching to abutments), piers, decking, and underneath . I like to shoot more details on trusses (both metal and wood) vs. concrete and stone arches. Regardless of what you do have fun. -Jodi

Posted May 31, 2014

What a neat find James! This is my favorite kind of bridgehunting...that and "twofers" (finding a bridge you didn't expect next to another).

Posted May 19, 2014

I was looking at this bridge closer and this bridge entry is for the West Bound lanes (a concrete arch built in 1936). The East Bound bridge is from 1966 and is a steel stringer. If you look closely on satellite maps, especially Bing's Birds Eye you can see the 2 separate bridges in parallel.

Neff Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 19, 2014

I returned two years later to see this bridge. When I last saw it the bridge was restored but not in position. The bridge is functioning, looks great, and fits in the environment. Enjoy the photos! PennDOT did a great job.

Shoe Farm Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted April 13, 2014

I was at this bridge in September and no closure signs were seen.

Posted November 22, 2013

A shout out to Jeff Nelson...awesome job. Glad to see communities embracing their heritage and not destroying the past for the sake of convenience or budget. Kudos to you, the team and all parties who drove this project forward!

Wolf Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 21, 2013

I was able to get out and take a lot of photos documenting the bridge's current condition on Nov. 19th compared to my shots dating from 2009 and 2010.

There appears to be major rust in the substructure. As well as rust all over showing that the bridge needed more care (at least painting) to keep it performing.

Also in my photos you can see the vertical they replaced back in 2010-11 and the guide rails that replaced the frail railing. This is a neat bridge and I hope they take care to restore.

Posted November 10, 2013

Good eye. This current bridge uses the original substructure, piers* and abutments of the covered bridge which opened in 1856.

According to Frank T. Dale's "Bridges over the Delaware River" this bridge's substructure previously carried motor vehicles across the Delaware River. Lumberville had saw mills and other businesses over the years.

Dale notes that the Joint Commission (formed by NY & PA) was rebuilding one of the piers* in 1942 and discovered the entire superstructure (except a recent steel addition added in 1903) had rotted beyond repair. So in 1944 they closed the bridge. This was during war times and steel was limited which delayed any rebuilding.

The Joint Commission decided the crossing wasn't necessary for vehicles and in 1947 they hired John A. Roebling & Sons to replace the old bridge with a modern one designed for pedestrians only. Today it is primarily used for folks going to the recreational island, Bulls Island State Park.

Posted November 1, 2013

Awesome! Glad to see residents and local officials opposed that measure knowing a new UCEB would detract from the Fetter’s Mill Village historic district. Can't wait to see it restored in late 2014!

Posted September 30, 2013

Where is this bridge? The GPS coordinates indicate Pennsylvania yet the bridge information provided says Allegany, Maryland.