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Bell Manor Road Bridge


Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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BH Photo #309246



Through truss bridge over Conowingo Creek on Bell Manor Road
Cecil County, Maryland
Open to traffic
Built 1902 (State Historic Bridge Inventory claims 1885)
- Charles H. Latrobe of Baltimore, Maryland (Designer)
Five panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 107.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.68404, -76.19474   (decimal degrees)
39°41'03" N, 76°11'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/397547/4393371 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Conowingo Dam
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 19633 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 25, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 13, 2016: New photos from nathan myers
  • November 28, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 14, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type and GPS.


  • Nathan Holth
  • Nathan Myers - nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Bell Manor Road Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is apparently being repaired. Starting August 25 the county opened bidding for a painting project. It is unclear how a painting project will address the apparently poor structural condition of the bridge. I wonder if structural repairs have already been completed as part of a previous contract.

Text From The Bid Letting:

Bid packages are now available for Bid No. 11-16-52635 “Painting of Bridge CE0002 Bell Manor Road over Conowingo Creek”.

The project will consist of blast cleaning, priming and painting of the entire superstructure of a 108 ft one lane Warren truss bridge with metal grid deck, except as noted in the contract document. The bridge is currently closed to traffic and will remain closed until completion of this project.