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Ramp Covered Bridge 38-21-11


South end of bridge with "clearance logs"

Photo taken by Jodi Christman


BH Photo #176386


Author Paul E. Gill states the following details in his book "...Drive the Road and Bridge the Ford...": Highway Bridges of Nineteenth Century Cumberland County.

Bridge built at the cost of $2,173.

Significant dates: September 1866 - Initial petition for a bridge on this site; Jan. 25, 1881 - Contract awarded; Jan. 13, 1882 - Inspected; 1967 - Extensive repairs made; 1991 - there was an arsonist attempt but his efforts were thwarted In regards to the date, NBI states built in 1870 Gill's book states 1882 which I suspect is based on Cumberland County records as he notes the initial petition in 1866 was rejected by the grand Jury, and a second petition was approved on 1873. The County Commissioners didn't even enter into a contract with Myers until 1881.

Another conflict with NBI data: Dimensions: 130' length, 18'11" width

Old wooden signs read (no longer in existence): 12'1" clearance and another sign says "Warning Capacity 5 Tons"


Covered bridge over Conodoguinet Creek on TR 374 (Covered Bridge Road)
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1882, extensive repairs in 1967
- Samuel Myers
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 115.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1980
Also called
Failors Mill Bridge
Ramps Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13625, -77.52350   (decimal degrees)
40°08'10" N, 77°31'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/285011/4445932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PA 21 7203 0374 3626 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
NRHP 80003480 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 38-21-11 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
PANBI 14063 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 30817 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • October 8, 2021: Updated by Brian R. Warren: Updated closure status
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • March 3, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • December 15, 2011: Photo imported by Jodi Christman
  • July 3, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added details from Paul Gill's "Drive the Roads..." book
  • January 27, 2011: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • January 23, 2011: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • September 6, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman



Ramp Covered Bridge 38-21-11
Posted October 26, 2021, by Josh Schmid

Bridge has reopened as of October 23

Ramp Covered Bridge 38-21-11
Posted October 8, 2021, by Brian R. Warren (sanitarian1281[at]yahoo[dot]com)

I visited this bridge today. It is currently closed to traffic and under repairs. I expect it will be reopened when the repairs are complete.

Ramp Covered Bridge
Posted January 23, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I guess in keeping with the rustic charm of the covered bridge that "Clearance logs" are better than steel beams. But from a photographers perspective they are still a hindrance and should be placed far enough from the portal to allow an unobstructed view.