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Md. 51 Bridge over C and O Canal

Historic Maryland Bridge

Photo of Md. 51 Bridge over Canal

MD 51 over C&O Canal is a single span, steel Warren Camelback pony truss commissioned by the State of Maryland in 1932 with a design likely from the Roanoke Iron and Bridge Works. Pony trusses lack both full height walls and the connecting struts and bracing that form the through-truss bridge. With roots in Baltimore's 19th century railroad system, such bridges were built throughout the state as part of the Maryland's early 20th century "Good Roads Movement" in locations where long, reliable spans were required.

Beginning in 2020, the state of Maryland started a rehabilitation project to replace the deck of the bridge. As of early 2023, the road was reopened to traffic.

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Maryland Department of Transportation

Oldtown MD 21550