Bloomington Viaduct

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Bloomington Viaduct
Bloomington Viaduct.jpg
Bloomington Viaduct in January 2014
Bloomington Viaduct is located in Maryland
Bloomington Viaduct
Location Bloomington, Maryland
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Built 1851
Architect Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Architectural style Other
NRHP Reference # 76000996 [1]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1976
Bloomington Viaduct
Carries Railroad
Crosses North Branch Potomac River
Locale Bloomington, Maryland and Mineral County, West Virginia
Maintained by CSX Transportation
Characteristics
Design Stone arch
Material Sandstone and concrete
History
Constructed by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Opened 1851

The Bloomington Viaduct spans the Northern Branch of the Potomac River connecting Bloomington, Maryland to Mineral County, West Virginia. The sandstone railroad bridge features three full center arches, each with a 56-foot (17 m) span and a 28-foot (8.5 m) rise. It is owned and operated by CSX Transportation on its Mountain Subdivision.

History

File:Bloomington Viaduct - stone.jpg
Stone side of the viaduct. It's visible the reinforced concrete bridge added to the original stone one.

When built in 1851, it carried a double track of the original Baltimore and Ohio Railroad main line. In 1916 the viaduct was widened to accommodate two more tracks. The addition is a Melan-type reinforced concrete bridge of identical configuration built against the south face of the original stone bridge.[2] As the state boundary follows the southern bank of the Potomac, nearly all of the bridge is located in Garrett County, Maryland.

The Bloomington Viaduct was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976.

References

  1. Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bloomington Viaduct NRHP Nomination Form

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