Colemanville Covered Bridge

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Colemanville Covered Bridge
Martic Forge
Colemanville Covered Bridge Full Side View 3008px.jpg
Wide view of the side of the bridge
Official name: Pequea #12 Bridge
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Township Conestoga, Martic
Road T412 / T398 (single lane)
Crosses Pequea Creek
Coordinates 39°53′56″N 76°20′32″W / 39.89889°N 76.34222°W / 39.89889; -76.34222Coordinates: 39°53′56″N 76°20′32″W / 39.89889°N 76.34222°W / 39.89889; -76.34222
Length 170 ft (52 m)
 - Mainspan 155 m (509 ft) [1]
Width 15 ft (5 m)
 - Road width 14 ft (4 m) [1]
Overhead Clearance 11.5 ft (4 m)
Builder James C. Carpenter
Design Burr Arch Truss Bridge
Material Wood
Built 1856
 - Reconstructed 1992
Owned and Maintained by Lancaster County
NBI Number 367224040815120
WGCB Number 38-36-26
NRHP Ref Number 80003534
Load 11 t (12 short tons)
Added to NRHP December 11, 1980
MPS Covered Bridges of Lancaster County TR
Colemanville Covered Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Colemanville Covered Bridge
Location of Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania
Wikimedia Commons: Colemanville Covered Bridge

The Colemanville Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge, it is Lancaster County's second-longest single-span covered bridge still being used.[2] It is also referred to as the Martic Forge Covered Bridge and Pequea #12 Bridge.

The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks.[3] It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted red with white trim.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-26.[4] In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003534.[5] The bridge is located on Fox Hollow Road just south of Pennsylvania route 324 in Martic Township, Pennsylvania.[2] It is located at 39°53′56.01″N 76°20′31.90″W / 39.8988917°N 76.3421944°W / 39.8988917; -76.3421944 (39.898892, -76.342194).


The Colemanville Covered Bridge was originally built in 1856 by James C. Carpenter at a cost of $2,244. After being damaged twice by flooding, it was partially rebuilt in 1938 by Edmund Gardner and 1973 by David Esh. Lancaster county completely rebuilt the bridge in 1992 for $350,000. During the restoration process the bridge was raised by 6 feet (1.8 m) and moved west a few feet to protect it from damage in potential future flooding.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory (2009). "Place Name: Martic (Township of), Pennsylvania; NBI Structure Number: 367224040815120; Facility Carried: Fox Hollow Rd; Feature Intersected: Pequea Creek". (Alexander Svirsky). Retrieved August 26, 2009.  Note: this is a formatted scrape of the 2006 official website, which can be found here for Pennsylvania: "PA06.txt". Federal Highway Administration. 2006. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Colemanville Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Colemanville Covered Bridge". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-10-20. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  4. ^ Dr. Roger A. McCain. "Colemanville Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  5. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.