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Cunningham Road Bridge


Photo taken by Daniel McFarland in December 2010


BH Photo #191400

Street View 


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The NR-listed, three-span bridge built in 1894 consists of a pin-connected Baltimore thru truss flanked by two pin-connected Pratt pony trusses. According to inspection reports, the west-end pony truss was hit by a garbage truck ca. 1989, resulting in loss of the inclined end post and end panel chords and diagonals of the downstream truss line. The lost members were replaced with built-up welded members. The eye bar diagonals of the thru truss have been doubled-up with wire ropes as a strengthening measure. Bolted clamps have been added to some of the thru truss lower panel points. Bridge members are rusted throughout, with some floorbeams and stringers exhibiting complete section loss.


Through truss bridge over Marsh Creek on PA 3008
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Demolished and replaced.
Built 1894 by the Pittsburgh Bridge Co./Nelson & Buchanan
- Nelson & Buchanan Co. of Chambersburg & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3-spans. Main Span: Baltimore Through Truss; 2 Approach Spans: Pinned Half-Hip Pratt Pony Trusses
Total length: 254.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76556, -77.28453   (decimal degrees)
39°45'56" N, 77°17'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/304318/4404233 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
PA 01 3008 0040 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 88000866 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PANBI 00304 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • March 1, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Imported photo & added street view
  • January 28, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed, April 2013 Slated Date
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Noted # of spans
  • June 5, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added approach span types
  • May 10, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected the status
  • May 8, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Updated status
  • January 11, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Corrected GPS
  • December 31, 2010: New photos from Daniel McFarland



Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anybody have any current information on this bridge that is posted to the historic places list?any information would be greatly appreciated.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Jodi Christman

I went back to the Gettysburg area. Yes, Cunningham Rd Bridge is still there. Enjoy the photos I took.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No worries Jodi.......has happened to us all at one time or another.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Jodi Christman

I might need to correct myself here as I think I never made it to Cunningham. After I posted I realized I might have been looking at March Creek from the other side (never making the turn onto Cunningham) *blush at the dumb mistake*. I hope to get back to Gettysburg soon to see for sure. Let's believe the bridge is still available and I made a mistake.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

hmmmmm......guess I only gave them 1

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well........I'm not taking back the 2 "Chrome Crapper" awards I gave them for it. I'm sure they have already done plenty this year to earn them.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Alright folks, I don't know what Jodi is reporting here. This is a direct quote from the Cultural Resources division of PennDOT I just received today:

"The Cunningham Road Bridge project is scheduled to be let in January 2013 which would mean that the bridge would be demolished sometime in Spring 2013. We are still trying to market this bridge."

Jodi's report that this bridge is being demolished is incorrect. She must have found another bridge someplace else.

Jodi, if you have photos of what you saw being demolished, maybe I can help you find what bridge you were actually seeing.

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 9, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Sad to lose such a rare bridge . Sigh.....

Cunningham Road Bridge
Posted May 9, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well......I haven't given out one of these beauties lately.........And I know PennDOT already has an entire wall of them......But the loss of a highway Baltimore Truss has forced my hand...........