Governor's Bridge (Patuxent River)
- For other uses see Governor's Bridge
|Carries||Governor's Bridge Road|
|Owner||State Roads Commission|
|Heritage status||Historic American Engineering Record,
Maryland Historical Trust
|Total length||105 feet 6 inches (32.16 m)|
|Width||13 feet 7 inches (4.14 m)|
A bridge has been located on this site since the mid-18th century although the current bridge is estimated to have been constructed circa 1907. The first bridge was constructed by Governor Samuel Ogle to travel between his mansion in Collington and the state capital in Annapolis.
The bridge was repaired in 2014 after structural deficiencies were discovered during a routine inspection. It was closed in May 2013, underwent major repairs starting in January 2014, and reopened in March 2014. The bridge closed again March 30, 2015, after contractors inspected the bridge and determined it required emergency repairs.
The bridge is also closed intermittently because of high water, as the Patuxent River is prone to flooding.
It was the setting for The Ghost of Governor's Bridge, a 2010 work of fiction by Skip Stover.
- Lavoie, Catherine C. (1992). "Governor's Bridge" (PDF). Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. pp. 1–2.
- Maryland Historical Trust Property Number PG-74B-1 & AA-85I (PDF), Maryland Inventory of Historic Bridges, retrieved 5 January 2013
- Pompi, Jenni (April 26, 2013). "Emergency Repairs Close Governor’s Bridge Road Bridge: The bridge was temporarily closed by Prince George’s County on Friday afternoon". Bowie Patch (Planck LLC d/b/a Patch Media). Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "Governors Bridge Road Bridge Re-Opens" (Press release). Largo, Maryland: Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T). March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- Pratt, Tim (March 31, 2015). "Governor Bridge Road bridge closed over Patuxent River". Capital Gazette. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
- "Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch". Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "The Ghost of Governor's Bridge by Skip Stover". Outskirts Press, Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. MD-85, "Governor's Bridge, Governor's Bridge Road spanning Patuxent River, Bowie, Prince George's County, MD", 1 photo, 1 data page, 1 photo caption page