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Church Crossing


Crossing Bridge

This is a sleek little bridge no more then 6 feet wide but over 20 feet tall.

Bing Maps, 2010

BH Photo #195242



A walking bridge across the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail for people to use to get to/from Shippensburg University and the local church. The crossing point is significant because it was originally the site of a large signal light, the bridge is built on the remains of the lights' supports in the ground but otherwise is a modern bridge.


Bridge over Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail for People
Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians only, no bicycles, roller blades, skates, or similar.
Built 1990
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06092, -77.51910   (decimal degrees)
40°03'39" N, 77°31'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/285149/4437559 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Fixed type, NOT AN ARCH
  • December 11, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected county
  • September 3, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Put an R in Cossing...
  • August 8, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: updated descriptor
  • March 15, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated information
  • March 14, 2011: New photo from Daniel Hopkins
  • March 8, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins


  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Luke


Church Crossing
Posted March 18, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The photos are ambiguous, so it's not clear whether it's a slab or T-beam. Certainly not an arch structurally.

Church Crossing
Posted March 17, 2012, by Luke Harden.

Why is this listed as a concrete arch?

Church Crossing
Posted December 11, 2011, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

While I couldn't see what Daniel was referring to I was around the area so snapped some photos to give folks an idea of what the bridge looks like from ground view. Technically, this trail is not complete; however I have seen people use it. To the east, after it crosses Fogeslanger Road, the trail picks up at the park there off Britton Road.

Church Crossing
Posted September 3, 2011, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

Your right, its built on the foundations of the signal that once stood here. It's also a neat looking little bridge over the rail trail, sadly nothing of the original signals remain unless you walk down the path where I did find a mile marker and some rail spikes in the brush.

Church Cossing
Posted September 2, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

I think it just reused the footings of the signal bridge

Church Cossing
Posted September 2, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Daniel, When you say its built on "remains of the signal posts" are you essentially saying this bridge is using old salvaged riveted built-up beams, perhaps with v-lacing and lattice? If that is the case, I would have to say, that would indeed be interesting. I would like to see some actual photos of this, if that is the case.

Church Cossing
Posted September 2, 2011, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

Its built on the remains of the signal posts for the old R&R, that's pretty historic.

Church Cossing
Posted March 17, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

So sorry guys , I had overlooked this one so...POOP QUAKE !!!

Church Cossing
Posted March 16, 2011, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Church Cossing
Posted March 16, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

I agree; nothing noteworthy or significant about this one. With that, I have to say, "MODERN/NOT HISTORIC"

Church Cossing
Posted March 16, 2011, by J. C. Collins

Lame. If Sheldon added this bridge everyone would be going "Poop Quake." or "MODERN! NOT HISTORIC!" But since someone else added it gets a free pass.