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

NS - Portage Viaduct (3rd) (Wyoming County, New York)

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

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Mispillion River Bridge (Kent County, Delaware)

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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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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 

NS - Mount Union Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Croghan Pike (522) and Juniata River on Norfolk Southern (former PRR)
December 31, 2018: New photo
Dellville Covered Bridge 38-50-16 (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Covered bridge over Shermans Creek on Dellville Road (PA 2002)
December 31, 2018: New photos
Hertzler Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Conodoguinet Creek on Creek Road (TR 427)
December 31, 2018: New photos
Juniata River Bridge (Juniata County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Juniata River on PA 75 in Port Royal
December 31, 2018: New photos
Stone Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over East Br Conococheaque on Sr 3013 (Stone Bridge Rd)
December 31, 2018: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected status and design details
Stone Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over East Br Conococheaque on Sr 3013 (Stone Bridge Rd)
December 31, 2018: New photos
PC - Conococheague Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Conococheague Creek on former Southern Pennsylvania Iron & Railroad Company
December 31, 2018: New photos
CSX - Conococheague Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Conococheague Creek on CSXT (former WM)
December 31, 2018: New photos
CSX - Conococheague Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Conococheague Creek on CSXT (former WM)
December 31, 2018: Added
Social Island (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Conococheague Creek on PA 3012
December 31, 2018: New photos
Rock Hill Road (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss bridge over Conestoga river on Rock Hill Road
December 31, 2018: New photos
C&O Canal Antietam Creek Aqueduct (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek
December 31, 2018: New photos
The Hitt Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek on Keedysville Road in Keedysville
December 31, 2018: New photos
Rockville Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Masonry stone arch viaduct over Susquehanna River on Norfolk Southern Railway
December 31, 2018: New photo
Amtrak - Swatara Creek Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Swatara Creek on Amtrak / Conrail Railroad
December 31, 2018: New photos
Amtrak - Swatara Creek Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Swatara Creek on Amtrak / Conrail Railroad
December 31, 2018: Updated by Jodi Christman: Tweaks and corrected year
Sideling Hill Tunnel (Fulton County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel on Abandoned alignment of Pennsylvania Turnpike
December 31, 2018: New photos
Rays Hill Tunnel (Bedford County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel on abandoned alignment of Pennsylvania Turnpike
December 31, 2018: New photos
PRR - Ronks Haupt Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Haupt through truss bridge over Amtrak (former PRR) on Private farm road
December 31, 2018: New photos
PRR - Ronks Haupt Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Haupt through truss bridge over Amtrak (former PRR) on Private farm road
December 31, 2018: New photos
Market Street Bridge (West) (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Beam bridge over Susquehanna River (West) on Sr 3012,West Spans
December 31, 2018: New photos
Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Susquehanna River on former CRVV
December 31, 2018: New photos
Walnut Street Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Susquehanna River, (east channel) in Harrisburg
December 31, 2018: New photo
Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Monocacy River on MD 26 in Frederick
December 31, 2018: New photos
MMID Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Monocacy River on MMID (former PRR)
December 31, 2018: New photos
MD144 Old National Pike Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck truss bridge over Monocacy River on Md 144fa
December 31, 2018: New photos
MD144 Old National Pike Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck truss bridge over Monocacy River on Md 144fa
December 31, 2018: Added
Old Monocacy River Rt. 40/National Pike Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Abandoned open-spandrel arch bridge over Monocacy River on Abandoned Rt. 40/National Pike segment
December 31, 2018: New photos
CSX Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Monocacy Creek on Former B&O
December 30, 2018: New photos
CSX Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Monocacy Creek on Former B&O
December 30, 2018: Added
Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Monocacy River on MD 26 in Frederick
December 30, 2018: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added minor details
Harvey Taylor Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Us 11 & 15;Susquehanna R on Sr 3016 (Forester St.); Harv Tayl
October 22, 2018: New photo
Market Street Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Sixteen-span concrete arch bridge over East Channel Susquehanna River on Market Street (PA 3012) in Harrisburg
October 22, 2018: New photos
Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Susquehanna River on former CRVV
October 22, 2018: New photos
Sykesville Bypass Bridge (Howard County, Maryland)
Lost Girder bridge over River Rd, South Branch Patapsco River on Md 32
October 18, 2018: Added
Mispillion River Bridge (Kent County, Delaware)
Bascule bridge over Mispillion River on Rehoboth Road
October 11, 2018: New photos
Smith Hill Way Bridge (Pitkin County, Colorado)
Pony truss bridge over Roaring Fork River on Abandoned Smith Way Alignment
September 19, 2017: New photos
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)
Suspension bridge over Big Horn River on pedestrians trail
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 on US 11 & US 15
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

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.