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Hanover Street Bascule Bridge


Hanover Street Bridge

Hanover Street Bridge, looking northwest from water southeast of bridge June 16, 2012

Photo taken by Shawn Seidel, used with permission


BH Photo #233445

Street Views 



Baltimore’s Department of Transportation has selected AECOM of Los Angeles, a firm with extensive bridge design expertise, to be the lead consultant for a $1.8 million study to help determine how much longer the bridge can serve as a southern gateway to downtown Baltimore.

The Federal Highway Administration has agreed to allocate $1.1 million toward the cost of the study and the city will pay $700,000.

The cost of a replacement bridge has been estimated at $100 million to $150 million, while repairs could be considerably less.

Officially part of Maryland Route 2, the Hanover Street Bridge replaced Richard Cromwell’s mile-long “Long Bridge” built in 1856 to transport farm products from Anne Arundel County to Baltimore.

For many years, commuters have complained about poor driving conditions on the bridge, from uneven surfaces to potholes to spalling concrete. The city typically spends more than $500,000 a year for maintenance.


Bascule bridge over Middle Branch of Patapsco River on Hanover Street in Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Under study for repair or replacement: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-...
Built 1916; rehabilitated 1971 and 1992
- J.E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, Maryland & Chicago, Illinois
- Strobel Steel Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Theodor Rall of Chicago, Illinois
- United Railways & Electric Co. (UR&E)
Deck truss double-leaf Rall bascule bridge with concrete cantilever open spandrel deck arch approach spans.
Length of largest span: 229.0 ft.
Total length: 2,023.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.25810, -76.61611   (decimal degrees)
39°15'29" N, 76°36'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/360564/4346663 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 19574 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
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: 53.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2019: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • November 5, 2017: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • December 6, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 17, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 3, 2016: New photo from Pat Gavin
  • February 22, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Additional details on history and replacement study added
  • February 10, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Under study for repair or replacement
  • December 18, 2014: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • November 27, 2014: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • October 5, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 15, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Recommend consolidation with duplicate listing for this bridge
  • June 17, 2012: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • February 13, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Location on map and street view
  • February 10, 2012: Added by Charles Flaherty
  • January 10, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added design details.
  • August 3, 2011: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Hanover Street Bridge over the Western Maryland Railway
Posted January 22, 2014, by Edward Brady (ed [at] fratusbrady [dot] com)

I am trying to find any information about the contractor that performed the "Widening and Rehabilitation of the Hanover Street Bridge Over Western Maryland Railway" in or about 1975 in Baltimore City. Anyone have any information or suggestions as to how I can identify the contractor that performed this project for the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

Hanover Street Bascule Bridge
Posted July 24, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is an exceedingly significant bridge since it includes extremely rare concrete cantilever arch approach spans, while the main span is one of only a few known surviving Rall bascule bridges!

Hanover Street Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'm not familiar enough with the area to say, but this looks like a harbor rather than a river. It's a nice looking bridge in an under-documented area.

Hanover Street Bascule Bridge
Posted August 3, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A paper from 1934 discusses the construction of this bridge and includes historical photos.