Lime Valley Covered Bridge

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Lime Valley Covered Bridge
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Coordinates39°57′39″N 76°14′06″W / 39.9607°N 76.2350°W / 39.9607; -76.2350Coordinates: 39°57′39″N 76°14′06″W / 39.9607°N 76.2350°W / 39.9607; -76.2350
LocaleLancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Official namePequea #8 Bridge
Designsingle span, double Burr arch truss
Total length103 feet (31.4 m)
Constructed byEither Joseph Cramer or Elias McMellen
Construction start1871
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Location of the bridge in Lancaster County
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Location of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania

The Lime Valley Covered Bridge or Strasburg Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #8 Bridge.[2]

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.[2] 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 in the traditional white color.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-23. Added in 1980, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003535,[3] it is located at 39°57′38.4″N 76°14′6″W / 39.960667°N 76.23500°W / 39.960667; -76.23500 (39.96067, -76.23500). The bridge is close to U.S. Route 222 southeast of Willow Street in West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania. From 222 the bridge is 0.35 miles (0.56 km) east on Lime Valley Road, 0.3 miles (0.5 km) south on South View Road, and 250 feet (75 m) on Breneman Road.[4][5]


It was built in 1871 by either Joseph Cramer[4] or Elias McMellen[1][6] at a cost of $3,500; the bridge was a twin to another covered bridge built in 1857 by Silas Wolverton that was located 200 ft (61 m) to the west of the Lime Valley Covered Bridge.[4]

Dimensions [2][edit]

  • Length: 93 feet (28.3 m) span and 103 feet (31.4 m) total length[1][6]
  • Width: 13 (4.0 m) clear deck and 15 feet (4.6 m) total width[1][6]
  • Overhead clearance: 12 feet (3.7 m)
  • Underclearance: 3 feet (0.9 m) to 11 feet (3.4 m)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bickel, Hank (2005-06-23). "Lime Valley Bridge". Covered Bridges of the Northeast USA. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Lime Valley Covered Bridge". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-10-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  3. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  4. ^ a b c "Lime Valley Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
  5. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-36-23". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08.
  6. ^ a b c McCain, Dr. Roger A. "Lime Valley Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-08-03.