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Kuzitrin River Bridge



Kuzitrin Bridge

Alaska Fish and Game





Through truss bridge over Kuzitrin River on Nome-Taylor Road
Nome Census Area, Alaska
Open to traffic
Built 1917, moved 1961, First installed on Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK
Pennsylvania through truss
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 2013)

Update Log 

  • 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



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.