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Kuzitrin River Bridge

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Kuzitrin Bridge

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Overview
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Kuzitrin River on Nome-Taylor Road
Location
Nome Census Area, Alaska
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1917, moved 1961, First installed on Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK
Builder
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 299.9 ft.
Total length: 306.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Cushman Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+65.21666, -164.82810   (decimal degrees)
65°12'60" N, 164°49'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
3/508040/7232611 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
AK 398 (Alaska bridge number)
BH 10027 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 41.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
50

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder and imagery per forum comment.
  • December 17, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 4, 2014: New video from Dave King
  • September 8, 2012: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected GPS data, updated name

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Kuzitrin River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2017, by Jeff Snedden (historiesandmysteries [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am a historian in Beaver County, PA, where Penn Bridge Co. was located. My brother-in-law is an engineer currently doing structural work on this bridge, and he found the Penn Bridge Co. symbol on it. I didn't see Penn Bridge credited on your site, so I wanted to drop a line. Photos attached, and free to use.

Kuzitrin River Bridge
Posted February 12, 2016, by George Peterson (Glpskibum [at] gmail [dot] com)

I hauled the parts for the Kuzitrin bridge from Nome to the river in the summer of 1960. I did the survey for the abutments. They started putting up the bridge but a Crain collapsed with one of the truss sections and put the work on hold. I did the inspection on the batter pile driving. Hit blue ice and curled up the H-beams. Put Pointed shoes on the beams and drove them into the ice. Summer of 1961 we bathed and did our laundry by jumping into the 38 degree water and then swimming fast to shore. George Peterson

Kuzitrin River Bridge
Posted April 5, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One of these massive and older Pennsylvania through trusses exists in Alaska. Look how tall the trusses are. These kinds of bridges are becoming extremely rare and every last one should be preserved.