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Simpsons Mill Road Bridge

   


Simpsons Mill Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Bob Dover

Bridge Documented: December 15, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Simpsons Mill Road Over Little Pipe Creek
Location
Rural: Frederick County, Maryland and Carroll County, Maryland
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1998
Main Span Length
90 Feet (27.4 Meters)
Structure Length
90 Feet (27.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (4 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
200000F1701010

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Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

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Information About Bridge Contributed By Bob Dover

Location:
Near Johnsville, Frederick County, Maryland. About 20 miles north of Interstate 70, about 20 miles northeast of Frederick.

Date:
ca. 1890-1900

Setting:
Rural, amid farms, and near single-family houses on large lots.

Access:
Interstate 70 to US Route 15 north of Frederick, then state routes east of Route 15 towards Westminster. No designated parking available, but there is a graveled area (possibly privately owned) adjacent to the northern end of the bridge.

Crosses:
Little Pipe Creek

Current Status:
One-lane bridge, wood deck, carries traffic on Johnsville Road where it meets Simpsons Mill Road and Claybaugh Road. All are narrow, winding two-lane rural roads.

Decorations/Plaques:
No decorations or date plaques on bridge.

Threats:
None known. However, the bridge is not currently preserved or in a park. It does support traffic, but it seems unlikely that any suburban development in the area would potentially increase traffic needs on the bridge. The bridge is documented in "Historic Bridges of Maryland" by Dixie Legler and Carol M. Highsmith.

HistoricBridges.org Discussion

The historic bridge inventory notes the county survey files suggest a ca. 1890 construction date, while the county bridge files suggest a 1915 construction date. The 1915 date may be a simple error, or may suggest the bridge was relocated here from a different location, or may suggest a major rehab at that time.

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