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Church Hill Road Bridge

   


Church Hill Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 9, 2008
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Church Hill Road Over Middle Creek
Location
Rural: Frederick County, Maryland
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: York Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1994
Main Span Length
65 Feet (19.8 Meters)
Structure Length
65 Feet (19.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.5 Feet (3.5 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
200000F-1615010

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This is an attractive warren pony truss bridge seated on stone abutments. It features no v-lacing or lattice, instead relying on simple battens for its built-up truss members. The bridge was rehabilitated. Like a number of projects in the county, the historic integrity of the trusses themselves was maintained very well, but the flooring system was replaced. The end result is a bridge that can continue to serve vehicular traffic, and retains an overall historic appearance, but with a slight loss to overall historic integrity.

One highly unusual and interesting feature of this bridge is that the builder plaque on the bridge is upside down. Perhaps this is because the plaque was attached in the factory, and when the bridge was assembled on-site it was possible for the end post to fit equally either end up, and the workers didn't check the plaque to see if they were setting the endpost on the bridge right side up.

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