Several people have reported to me that this stone arched bridge is
visible from I-70. In fact, if you look through the arch you can
see the end of a tractor trailer on the interstate.
This view, courtesy reader Terry Iman (thanks, Terry!), is from the end of
Clear Spring Lane. It would appear that before I-70 bisected it, Clear Spring
had been part of Woodville Road, which can still be found on
the north side.
The mortar indicates this is not an original 1830-era bridge.
It was constructed as part of the Mt. Airy Cutoff (tunnel) project.
This location is known as Plane 4, the westernmost of four steep, inclined
planes the railroad employed in the 1800s. At each plane, first horses,
then steam winches, then helper engines were used to boost trains up over
the ridge at Mt. Airy.
Of this structure, reader Tom Thornhill wrote:
I have thoroughly enjoyed your tour of the old main line. The photos and
information have been great. However, I noticed that in your Mt Airy to
Frederick section of the tour you were unable to locate an old stone arch. I
know of an old stone arch bridge that is between the Moxley Road Bridge and
Lynn Burke Road. The stone arch is just south of Plane Number 4.
Before the up grade of I-70 in the early 70's the stone arch was used for a
local road to access the farms south of the railway. With the up grade of
I-70 the road was abandoned.