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Norman Wood Bridge


Norman Wood Bridge

View from northwest end at Lock No. 12 riverside park

Photo taken by Alexander D. Mitchell IV in April 2016


BH Photo #351696



First bridge at this location


Girder bridge over Susquehanna River on SR-372
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and York County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1968
Length of largest span: 175.9 ft.
Total length: 3,510.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Also called
Holtwood Road Bridge
SR-372 Susquehanna River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.81386, -76.32678   (decimal degrees)
39°48'50" N, 76°19'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/386437/4407939 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 21239 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 69452 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2020: New photo from Ian Nelson
  • March 16, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 7, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reopened Nov. 2015
  • April 17, 2016: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • September 28, 2015: Added by David Backlin



Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted June 9, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks,Patrick.The article i read did not go into detail of what happened,just where she was found.Shame that someone would contemplate that.

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted June 8, 2017, by Patrick S. O'Donnell (1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net)

Suicide. She jumped from the catwalk on the underside of the bridge. It was her second attempt! The bridge deck is 30 feet wide and only two lanes - ample room to walk across atop the bridge IMHO. Photo below is from a visit to the very same bridge / catwalk several years ago.


AIRVILLE, Pa. (AP) A coroner says a Pennsylvania woman died after twice jumping from the same bridge.

York County Coroner Pam Gay has yet to release the name of the 25-year-old woman who died about noon Tuesday. Gay has ruled the death a suicide.

Gay says witnesses saw the woman jump from a catwalk beneath the Norman Wood Bridge in Lower Chanceford Township and land on a sandy area about 20 feet below. The woman told the witnesses she was OK before climbing back onto the catwalk beneath the bridge and walking farther out over the Susquehanna River.

The coroner says that's where the woman jumped again, this time landing on some rocks near a bridge pier more than 100 feet below.

The two-lane, 21-span bridge connects York and Lancaster counties.

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted June 8, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 6/8/17 authorities said a woman died in a fall from this bridge about noon on Tuesday and landed on a pylon.No name was released.From street view it looks like not too much room to walk on the bridge.I wouldn't be on it,that's for sure.Makes you wonder why people are on these bridges in the first place.

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted August 8, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Alexander for the information.

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Bridge was fully reopened to traffic Nov. 2015.

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted October 10, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the reading eagle dated 10-10-15 officials hope to reopen this bridge after the crack was discovered.They plan on opening part of the bridge next week.It's been 2 weeks since the bridge closed.They plan on opening 1 lane of traffic allowing use by amish buggies and passenger vehicles weighing less than 5 tons.Built in 1968 This is the only way for vehicles to cross the Susquehanna river between Wrightsville,York county and the conowingo dam in Maryland

Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted September 28, 2015, by Don Morrison
Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted September 28, 2015, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Closed to all traffic? Why?