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Rolling Mill Road Bridge



North East’s board of town commissioners voted unanimously [August 8, 2010] to spend up to $100,000 to replace a bridge on Rolling Mill Road that has been out since a truck hit it in 2006, causing it to fall into the Northeast Creek.

The 121-year-old steel truss bridge over Northeast Creek at Rolling Mill Road crashed into the creek in September 2006 after a pickup truck struck it.

The accident caused some of the steel to topple like dominoes. The bridge had a wooden deck and steel trusses. It was added to the capital improvement list after the accident.

Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan told commissioners in October 2006 it could cost nearly $1.5 million to replace it. Based on fears the remaining parts of the bridge were not safe, it was dismantled and taken to the landfill.

At that time, Rolling Mill Bridge was estimated to come up for work on the county’s capital improvement plan around 2012.

Meanwhile, Broomell vows to continue to work on this project and the possible replacement of Mill Lane Bridge in Earleville.

“I believe we can do two, maybe even three bridges for the price of one,” she said, referring to Old Elk Neck Road, Rolling Mill Road and Mill Lane bridges.


Lost through truss bridge over Northeast Creek on Rolling Mill Road
Cecil County, Maryland
Collapsed in truck accident Sept. 2006
Built 1885
- Charles H. Latrobe of Baltimore, Maryland (?)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.60520, -75.93735   (decimal degrees)
39°36'19" N, 75°56'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/419528/4384359 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North East
Inventory number
BH 19754 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2011)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 33 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 20, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added collapse date and details


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV