Bridge in Cumberland Township facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCunningham Bridge
Cunningham Bridge in 1982
|Locale||Greenmount, Adams County, PA|
|Design||mainspan is the "first example" of a Baltimore truss|
|Total length||256 feet (78 m)|
|Width||13 feet, 8 inches|
|Load limit||3 tons|
|Clearance above||11 feet, 7 inches|
Bridge in Cumberland Township
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|Area||0.9 acres (0.36 ha)|
|Architect||Nelson & Buchanon|
|NRHP reference No.||88000866|
|Added to NRHP||June 22, 1988|
The Cunningham Bridge is an historic place on the national register in Adams County, Pennsylvania, near Greenmount, Pennsylvania, United States. The three-section iron bridge spans west-to-east from Franklin Township to Cumberland Township and is the oldest example of a Baltimore truss. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "Bridge in Cumberland Township" in 1988 despite being in Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
- 1894 — The Pittsburgh Bridge Company (Nelson & Buchanon Engrs. & Contrs, agents) built the bridge 0.5 mile west of the Greenmount.
- 1986 — A $138,512 upgrade began for the bridge.
- 1990 — The bridge was closed indefinitely.
- 1996 — After having been struck by a motorist in the Spring, the Cunningham Bridge survived a 500 year flood on June 19 that washed away the wooden Sachs Covered Bridge (upstream) and the iron 1886 Rothhaupt Bridge (downstream).
- 1997 — A 1997 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) study recommended replacing the entire bridge, and the Adams County Citizens Alliance held a meeting on April 8 regarding the bridge.
- 2000 — PennDOT planned to demolish the Cunningham Bridge.
- 2002 — A resolution by the county commissioners was for "every effort should be made to keep the bridge at its current location [and] preserve as much historic detail as possible."
- 2011 — The bridge was slated for demolition in 2011.
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