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Mumma Ford Bridge

   


Mumma Ford Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 9, 2008
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Mumma Ford Road Over Monocacy River
Location
Rural: Frederick County, Maryland and Carroll County, Maryland
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: York Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1988
Main Span Length
114 Feet (34.7 Meters)
Structure Length
229 Feet (69.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
12.5 Feet (3.8 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
200000CL0227010

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This bridge is maintained by Carroll County. The bridge was retrofitted with a steel arch on each span. This type of retrofit has been used in other projects elsewhere, generally older historic bridge preservation projects. While if done properly, the addition of an arch can be a reversible alteration, where materials are added to the historic bridge but not altering or removing original materials, the arch drastically alters the appearance of the bridge and can be a visual distraction.

There is not much of a distraction here though, since the paint color on this truss bridge and its arches is a near-perfect match to the forest around it, making it hard to see (or photo) the bridge in the summer. It would have been nicer to have the bridge painted a color that allowed the historic trusses to be more visible.

This bridge features a-frame portal bracing and features unusually deep latticed built-up sway bracing beams.

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