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Masemore Road Bridge

   


Masemore Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Bob Dover

Bridge Documented: December 28, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Masemore Road Over Gunpowder Falls
Location
Rural: Baltimore County, Maryland
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1898 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2000
Main Span Length
118 Feet (36 Meters)
Structure Length
120 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.5 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
200000B0045010

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Information About Bridge Contributed By Bob Dover

Location:
Near Hereford, Baltimore County, Maryland. A few miles west of Interstate 83, about 35 miles north of Baltimore and 7 miles south of the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line.

Date:
1898

Setting:
Rural, in woods inside Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Access:
Middletown Road exit from I-83. Parking available in small lot on western end of bridge.

Crosses:
Gunpowder Falls

Current Status:
One-lane bridge, wood deck, carries traffic on Masemore Road, a narrow, winding two-lane road through the State Park.

Decorations/Plaques:
Decorative plaque on truss over roadway reads "1898, Wrought Iron Bridge Co., Canton, O". No decorative elements other than the plaque.

Threats:
None known. The bridge is located within a State Park, and near preserved, historical mill structures. Substantial development which would increase traffic needs beyond the bridge's capability is unlikely.

HistoricBridges.org Discussion

Built in 1898, this is a late example of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company, and it displays the a-frame portal bracing typical of late examples of this company. The bridge is noted for its skew, which was uncommon among 19th Century pin-connected highway truss bridges.

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