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Leitersburg Bridge No. 2

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Leitersburg Bridge

Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008

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Description 

This is the first of two bridges built in 1839 by John Weaver. The two-arch span rises steeply over the Antietam Creek and is unusual because of the lateral curve in its roadbed. It was long known as Strite's Mill Bridge because of a mill to the north east. This grist mill, now considerably altered, was originally built by Samuel Kraumer in 1798 near a ford on the early road through this area. The mill passed through a number of hands before it was purchased by Christian Strite in 1843, four years after the bridge had altered the path of the road. Strite added a south wing to the mill for grinding plaster, and the mill continued to grind grain into the 1920's. ~ SOURCE: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=6525

John Weaver built this two-arch bridge high, due to the steep approach from either side. It was originally known as Striteís Mill Bridge because the Strite familyís mill was a short distance northeast of the bridge. Since Bridge No. 1 was unfortunately washed out by a flood, nowadays itís more simply called Leitersburg Bridge No.2. ~ SOURCE: http://bridges.marylandmemories.org/leitersburgNo2.html

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Overview
Stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek on Leiters Mill Road in Smithsburg
Location
Washington County, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1839; rehabilitated 1983
Builder
- John Weaver
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 24.0 ft.
Total length: 69.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Leiters Mill Road Bridge
Strite's Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.69667, -77.62500   (decimal degrees)
39°41'48" N, 77°37'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/274927/4397385 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hagerstown
Inventory number
BH 19788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
1,327

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • December 19, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description, alt. names

Sources 

  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com