Not all of Maryland’s bridges are in disrepair and crumbling like Solomon’s Bridge; some have stood the test of time

Wilson Bridge, the oldest and perhaps the most graceful of Washington County’s limestone arches, was considered a modern marvel at the time of its completion in 1819. Its fine workmanship, by the mason Silas Harry, served as a pattern for some thirty stone bridges that would follow in the region. The five-arch, 210-foot-long bridge carried the state-chartered National Pike (later designated US 40) over Conococheague Creek to join the National Road at Cumberland, providing a pivotal link between eastern seaport cities and western markets. Wilson Bridge was bypassed in 1936, when US 40 was rerouted and a newer bridge built downstream. It remained open for local traffic until 1972, when flood damage from Tropical Storm Agnes relegated it to foot traffic.
Wilson Bridge, the oldest and perhaps the most graceful of Washington County’s limestone arches, was considered a modern marvel at the time of its completion in 1819. Its fine workmanship, by the mason Silas Harry, served as a pattern for some thirty stone bridges that would follow in the region. The five-arch, the 210-foot-long bridge carried the state-chartered National Pike (later designated US 40) over Conococheague Creek to join the National Road at Cumberland, providing a pivotal link between eastern seaport cities and western markets. Wilson Bridge was bypassed in 1936 when US 40 was rerouted and a newer bridge built downstream. It remained open for local traffic until 1972, when flood damage from Tropical Storm Agnes relegated it to foot traffic.
President Woodrow Wilson, left, rides with President-elect Warren Harding to the new president's inauguration. Wilson Bridge over the Potomac in Washington was named for Wilson when it opened for traffic in 1961. A new bridge replaced it in 2007.  Library of Congress
President Woodrow Wilson left, rides with President-elect Warren Harding to the new president’s inauguration. Wilson Bridge over the Potomac in Washington was named for Wilson when it opened for traffic in 1961. A new bridge replaced it in 2007. Library of Congress

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Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement was built higher from the water and is opened less frequently for ships.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement was built higher from the water and is opened less frequently for ships. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Francis Scott Key Bridge, named for the lawyer who penned the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem, carries traffic on the Baltimore Md. Beltway to the east of the city. Ships to the busy port pass underneath.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Francis Scott Key Bridge, named for the lawyer who penned the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Anthem, carries traffic on the Baltimore Md. Beltway to the east of the city. Ships to the busy port pass underneath. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Francis Scott Key Bridge at Baltimore is one of Maryland's most impressive bridges.
Francis Scott Key Bridge at Baltimore is one of Maryland’s most impressive bridges. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Francis Scott Key Bridge as viewed from the Grandeur of The Seas as it sails from Baltimore. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Francis Scott Key Bridge as viewed from the Grandeur of The Seas as it sails from Baltimore. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
St. George’s Island bridge from Piney Point, Md., to St. George’s Island. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge going over the hump and looking towards Virginia. The bridge opened in 1940 and a new bridge is in the works to replace it.
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The Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge at its peak carries U.S. Route 301 over the Potomac from Maryland to Virginia. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Eastport Bridge over Spa Creek at Annapolis, opens for boat traffic. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Eastport Bridge over Spa Creek at Annapolis opens for boat traffic.
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Eastport Bridge at Spa Creek opens for this sailboat. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Eastport Bridge at Spa Creek opens for this sailboat. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Benedict Bridge as seen from the Hallowing Point area of Calvert County, Md. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.
Benedict Bridge deck repaving and repair. This draw bridge swing span carries Rt. 231 over the Patuxent River near where the British fleet landed during the War of 1812 and then invaded Washington, D.C.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Benedict Bridge deck repaving and repair. This draw bridge swing span carries Rt. 231 over the Patuxent River near where the British fleet landed during the War of 1812 and then invaded Washington, D.C. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River was closed in 1988 after only being open for 11 years when severe cracks developed in the pier supports. This close up shows steel bands which were wrapped around the piers. Huge holes are in the underwater sections of the supports. Plans for a replacement bridge have been bounced around for ten years with no action.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River was closed in 1988 after only being open for 11 years when severe cracks developed in the pier supports. This close up shows steel bands that were wrapped around the piers. Huge holes are in the underwater sections of the supports. Plans for a replacement bridge have been bounced around for ten years with no action. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Benedict Bridge over the Patuxent River opens for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessel on a tour of the river for local officials. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River at Solomon's Island. In spite of being located in the district of one of the most influential members of Congress, Steny Hoyer, proposals for a replacement or second span lanquish as billions have been spent on other pet projects of the area's leading politicians.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River at Solomon’s Island. In spite of being located in the district of one of the most influential members of Congress, Steny Hoyer, proposals for a replacement or second span languish as billions have been spent on other pet projects of the area’s leading politicians. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge. These steel bands hold the bridge together which was designed by Century Engineering which ought to change their name to "Decade" Engineering. That is how long it took before the bridge was closed to traffic for three months while repairs were made. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge. These steel bands hold the bridge together which was designed by Century Engineering which ought to change their name to “Decade” Engineering. That is how long it took before the bridge was closed to traffic for three months while repairs were made. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Howard Street Bridge in Baltimore
Howard Street Bridge in Baltimore
Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge at Morgantown takes Rt. 301 from Maryland to Virginia.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge at Morgantown takes Rt. 301 from Maryland to Virginia. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Maryland Transportation Authority operates Maryland's bridges and tunnels. This is toll booth complex for the Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge to Virginia.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Maryland Transportation Authority operates Maryland’s bridges and tunnels. This is a toll booth complex for the Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge to Virginia. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Chain Bridge from Virginia to Washington, D.C.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel view entering from the Virginia Eastern Shore going towards Norfolk as the bridge enters under the Chesapeake Bay.
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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Dipping into the tunnel.
Timothy Hoofnagle of Calvert County following his capture after swimming to shore on Seven Gables Island in St. Mary’s County from the middle of the Patuxent River. Hoofnagle jumped from the top of the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge and Maryland Trooper Joe Appleby and his K9 dog greeted him as he arrived at the shore.
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Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River looking towards Calvert County. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
National Harbor from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Entering the Wilson Bridge from Virginia. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Carnival Pride passes under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the way to the Atlantic Ocean. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.
The old Dover Bridge over the Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The Pocomoke River Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The bridgetender’s house of the Pocomoke River Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.
A truck travels from Cambridge, Md., over the new Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.
Old Choptank River bridge retained as the Bill Burton Fishing Pier.
Bill Burton reported on the Great Solomon’s Island Fish-In in 1989. Calvert County Commissioner Barbara Stinnett, right, waits while Burton pens a note. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
A family that fishes together eats together. Ready for a day of fishing fun on the Bill Burton Fishing Pier at Cambridge, Md. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.
Tony Averella of Baltimore finds the Bill Burton Fishing Pier & State Park that reaches out over the Choptank River to be the way to go instead of reaching the beach. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
These legal size Blue crabs caught off the Bill Burton State Fishing Pier at Cambridge, Md., are looking for a pot to steam in. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Under the Sen. Fred Malkus Bridge over the Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Draw span yawns without a bridge on the Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Fred Malkus Bridge over Choptank River. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
The Tilghman Island Bridge in full elevation allowing a waterman’s boat to pass underneath.
  • Not all of Maryland's bridges are in disrepair and crumbling; some have stood the test of time

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