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John Eisenhower Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel McFarland in December 2010


BH Photo #191405


Street View 


This bridge features some very unique struts and upper connections.

Bridge was damaged in 1996 flood and reconstructed in 1998.


Pratt through truss bridge over Willoughby Run on Water Works Road
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Built 1886; rehabilitated 1980; reconstructed 1998
- Gilbert & Smith of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Gettysburg, PA)
Pratt through truss, pinned (likely wrought iron)
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 84.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Willoughby Run Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79844, -77.26871   (decimal degrees)
39°47'54" N, 77°16'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/305765/4407848 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 01 7204 0509 3122 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 41381 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 11, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builders
  • January 1, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Previously reported as lost in 1996 flood, current pics and satellite image shows this bridge is still extant.
  • December 31, 2010: New photos from Daniel McFarland



John Eisenhower Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this bridge?please let me know.thanks.

John Eisenhower Bridge
Posted April 16, 2011, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've been out a couple of times, but so far the weather has cooperated completely about 0% of the time. Gas prices will be a big determining factor in how much travel I do this spring and summer, and have in fact already changed a long distance WV trip into a medium distance IN trip. I floated the motorcycle idea to my wife last week, but that's likely a ways off due to finances and my habit of researching large purchases from every known point of view.

John Eisenhower Bridge
Posted April 15, 2011, by Jodi Christman

The weather this spring has been horrible for outdoor hobbies. My kayaks and motorcycles haven't been out yet :-(

John Eisenhower Bridge
Posted April 12, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was going to visit this bridge on Thursday but you can thank the foul weather in Pennsylvania Tuesday and Wednesday I will not be photographing it. The bridge is extremely rare. I believe one or two similar design bridges exist in Maryland.

John Eisenhower Bridge
Posted April 11, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one's a keeper!!!

shhhhhh........don't tell PennDOT I said that!