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Porter's Bridge

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CE-914

Porters Bridge, circa 1980

From the Cecil County CE-914 Architectural Survey File

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BH Photo #478095

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Description 

The bridge replaced an earlier covered bridge that was lost in the flood of late June, 1884. The abutments appear to have been reused in 1885 from the former covered bridge. Wing walls may also have been original to the covered bridge.

In 1927 the bridge carried US 1, but US 1 bypassed Porters Bridge by 1934. The bridge was closed in 1978 due to the wash-out of the eastern roadway approach. The bridge was dismantled in 2002.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Octoraro Creek on Porters Bridge Road (formerly MD 591)
Location
Cecil County, Maryland
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1885
Builders
- Awarded 6-Sep-1884 for $7.15 per yd.
- McHugh and Hathaway of Philadelphia
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
8-panel Pratt pin-connected through truss with a wooden deck.
Dimensions
Span length: 121.0 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
Richardsmere Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.69021, -76.12812   (decimal degrees)
39°41'25" N, 76°07'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/403269/4393982 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
78 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 90183 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2020: New photo from Todd Clark