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Sharptown Bridge, Spanning Nanticoke River, State Route 313, Sharptown, Dorchester County, MD



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Location
State Route 313, Sharptown vicinity, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-52
Building/structure dates: 1912 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1931 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1952 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1976 subsequent work
Part of building/structure is in Sharptown vicinity, Wicomico County, MD.
Significance: The Sharptown Bridge was the first bridge built entirely under the control of the State Roads Commission. It is the first and only bridge at this location.

Subjects
Transportation Industry
Swing Bridges
Transportation Facilities


Related Names
Price, Jesse Dashiell
Maryland State Roads Commission
Roanoke Iron & Bridge Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
5. VIEW, LOOKING NORTH FROM EAST SIDE OF BRIDGE, SHOWING BRIDGE AND AREA SAID TO BE REMAINS OF FERRY SHIP USED BEFORE BRIDGE WAS BUILT. SHARPTOWN'S FERRY STREET FEEDS DIRECTLY ONTO THE BRIDGE (taken in March 1984)
6. VIEW OF APPROACH AND SOUTH PORTAL ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH (taken in December 1983)
7. VIEW OF APPROACH, WARNING GATE AND NORTH PORTAL ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTH (taken in March 1984)
8. VIEW OF SUPERSTRUCTURE OF MOVABLE SPAN TRUSS WORK AND ROADWAY OF MOVABLE SPAN, LOOKING NORTH (taken in December 1983)
9. SIDE VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST, OF FIXED SPANS, NORTHERN ABUTMENT, CONCRETE CIRCULAR PIERS WITH ICE BARRIERS SEEN FROM WEST FENDER END (taken in January 1984)
10. VIEW OF EAST ELEVATION OF MOVABLE SPAN, SHOWING FENDER SYSTEMS, TRUSS WORK AND TENDER'S HOUSE, LOOKING WEST (taken in March 1984)
11. VIEW LOOKING NORTH ON MOVABLE SPAN ROADWAY, SHOWING MEN IN POSITION TO OPERATE BRIDGE MANUALLY (taken in April 1984)
12. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST (UPSTREAM), SHOWING MOVABLE SPAN IN OPEN POSITION (taken in March 1984)
13. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST, SHOWING MOVABLE SPAN IN PARTIALLY OPEN POSITION (taken in March 1984)
14. DETAIL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, OF FIXED SPAN SUPERSTRUCTURE AT FENDER SYSTEM, SHOWING MOVABLE SPAN LOCKS IN CLOSED POSITION; NOTE CHANNEL LIGHT, CENTER LOCKING POINT AND SLIDER TO LEFT OF IT (taken in March 1984)
15. VIEW SHOWING SOUTHWESTERN SIDE OF MOVABLE SPAN, DETAIL OF SINGLE SLIDER BEARING ON WHICH END OF MOVABLE SPAN RESTS AND MOVES ACROSS UPON OPENING OR CLOSING (taken in January 1984)
16. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN, LOWERED RIVETED TRUSS GUSSET PLATE CONNECTION, HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL MEMBERS, SHOWING MAINTENANCE REPAIRS AND TOP OF MOVABLE SPAN RING AND FENDER SYSTEM (taken in January 1984)
17. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN MACHINERY, OUTER FIXED GEAR RING AND ROLLERS ON CENTER CONCRETE PEDESTAL; THE TWO DRIVE GEARS MESH INTO THIS RING TO TURN BASCULE (taken in January 1984)
18. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN UNDER GRID DECK, ONE OF TWO DRIVE GEARS ON NORTH SIDE OF PEDESTAL THAT MESHES INTO FIXED GEAR RING, SET INTO TOP OF CENTER CONCRETE PEDESTAL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST (taken in March 1984)
19. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN MACHINERY UNDER GRID DECK AT CENTRAL PEDESTAL AREA, SNOWING CENTER RING, RADIALS TO EDGE ROLLERS, GEARS, AND ELECTRICAL BOXES (taken in January 1984)
20. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN MACHINERY UNDER GRID DECK AT CENTRAL CONCRETE SUPPORT PEDESTAL, SHOWING DRIVE GEARS, ELECTRIC MOTOR AND STEEL BEAMS (taken in January 1984)
21. ELEVATION VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, OF FIXED SPAN AT SOUTHERN ABUTMENT, CIRCULAR CONCRETE PILINGS AT PIER (taken in March 1984)
22. DETAIL VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, OF EAST SIDE FIXED SPAN AT CONCRETE CIRCULAR PIER WITH STEEL ICE BARRIER (SEEN ONLY AT LOW TIDE) (taken in March 1984)
23. VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, OF ELEVATION OF FIXED SPAN AND NORTHERN ABUTMENT (taken in April 1984)
24. VIEW, LOOKING EAST FROM WESTERN (DOWNSTREAM) FENDER, OF SIDE VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN IN CLOSED POSITION, SHOWING BRIDGE TENDER'S HOUSE AND TRUSS WORK (taken in January 1984)
25. DETAIL VIEW OF TRUSS AND TENDER'S HOUSE SEEN FROM ROADWAY, LOOKING NORTH (taken in March 1984)
26. VIEW OF BRIDGE TENDER'S HOUSE FROM UPPER DECK, SHOWING STRUCTURAL TRUSS WORK, LOOKING NORTHEAST (taken in December 1983)
27. INTERIOR VIEW OF BRIDGE TENDER'S HOUSE, SNOWING ELECTRICAL BOXES AND CONTROLS (taken in March 1984)
28. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN TRUSS WORK, LOOKING NORTHEAST (taken in January 1984)
29. VIEW OF CORNER DETAIL OF TRUSS WORK (taken in March 1984)
30. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN, UPPER TRUSS GUSSET PLATE, JUNCTION OF VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MEMBERS, JUNCTION ALSO OF CENTER TRUSS SUPPORT AREA, LOOKING SOUTHEAST (taken in December 1983)
31. DETAIL VIEW OF MOVABLE SPAN, UPPER TRUSS GUSSET PLATE, CONNECTION OF VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MEMBERS AT BRIDGE TENDER'S MOUSE (taken in December 1983)


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