Governor's Bridge (Patuxent River)

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Governor's Bridge
Governor's Bridge
Carries Governor's Bridge Road
Crosses Patuxent River
Owner State Roads Commission
Design Pratt truss[1]
Material steel[1]
Total length 105.5 feet[1]
Width 13 feet 7 inches[1]
Constructed by unknown[1]
Heritage status Historic American Engineering Record,[1]
Maryland Historical Trust[2]
Coordinates 39°00′24″N 76°46′46″W / 39.00667°N 76.77944°W / 39.00667; -76.77944Coordinates: 39°00′24″N 76°46′46″W / 39.00667°N 76.77944°W / 39.00667; -76.77944[1]

Governor's Bridge is an historic single-lane bridge over the Patuxent River near Bowie, Maryland. The river marks the boundary between Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County.

Although a common bridge type, Governor's Bridge is one of only two surviving truss bridges in Prince George's County.[1]

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.[2] The first bridge was constructed by Governor Samuel Ogle to travel between his mansion in Collington and the state capital in Annapolis.[2]

The bridge was repaired in 2014 after structural deficiencies were discovered during a routine inspection.[3] It was closed in May 2013, underwent major repairs starting in January 2014, and reopened in March 2014.[4]

The bridge is also closed intermittently because of high water, as the Patuxent River is prone to flooding.[5]

It was the setting for The Ghost of Governor's Bridge, a 2010 work of fiction by Skip Stover.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Lavoie, Catherine C. (1992). Historic American Engineering Record, Governor's Bridge, HAER NO. MD-85. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Department of the Interior. pp. 1, 2. 
  2. ^ a b c Maryland Historical Trust Property Number PG-74B-1 & AA-85I, Maryland Inventory of Historic Bridges, retrieved 5 January 2013 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Governors Bridge Road Bridge Re-Opens" (Press release). Largo, Maryland: The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T). March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch". Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Ghost of Governor's Bridge by Skip Stover". Outskirts Press, Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2014.