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John Eisenhower Bridge

Water Works Road Bridge

John Eisenhower Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 17, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Water Works Road Over Willoughby Run
Location
Rural: Adams County, Pennsylvania: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1886 By Builder/Contractor: Gilbert and Smith of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1998
Main Span Length
81 Feet (25 Meters)
Structure Length
84 Feet (26 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.8 Feet (4.21 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
1720405093122

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This bridge is a highly significant bridge for its unusual and distinctive details, the product of its uncommon builder. The details include the use of pipe for both portal bracing and struts throughout the bridge. These pipes are attached to the truss by unique castings. Decorative castings are also found at the top of the end posts. The builder of this bridge is listed as Gilbert and Smith and the construction date is 1886. In Maryland, the Carroll Road Bridge over Carroll Branch in Baltimore County was built in 1879 and the builder was listed as Gilbert and Nelson. That bridge shares the similar unusual detail in that the struts are pipe. Nelson broke away in 1883 and became part of the prolific Nelson and Buchannan. It would appear that this Gilbert may have went his own way to link up with Smith and form Gilbert and Smith.

This bridge has been restored in place for pedestrian use only, a rare example of this type of preservation in Pennsylvania.

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39.798500,-77.268690

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