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Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge


Sept. 2007

I stumbled upon this bridge. Here I am looking from WV across the North Branch Potomac River to MD. The toll is up hill. It was an odd experience crossing this very low, narrow bridge (it was a drought at the time) and then paying a toll.

Photo taken by Jodi Christman


BH Photo #177790


Street Views 


Steel stringer bridge over North Branch of Potomac River on Green Spring Road
Allegany County, Maryland, and Hampshire County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1996
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 318.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Also called
Green Spring Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.53751, -78.61321   (decimal degrees)
39°32'15" N, 78°36'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/705115/4379147 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory number
BH 46209 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 9.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 18, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman



Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge
Posted August 12, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is one of the strangest things I have ever heard of. A privately owned tolled low water crossing. Very strange indeed.

Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge -closed
Posted August 12, 2014, by Jim Egenrieder (Jim [at] woodhouseresearch [dot] org)

August 12, 2014: The bridge has been closed through part of June and all of July 2014, and not expected to reopen for another week or so. Call first or you may need to add another hour to your trip. 301-478-5500

Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge
Posted November 15, 2012, by Angela M. P. (pacelliangela [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is the only privately owned toll bridge in Maryland. A large number of Allegany County residents who are employed at the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Moorefield, West Virginia use this bridge. There has been recent discussion of raising the toll from $0.50 (for most vehicles) to anywhere from $1.00 to $4.00 in order to raise enough money for repairs. Also, monthly $14.00 dollar passes are issued, but may not exist in the future.

Here are some links about the bridge and its toll issues: