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SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge

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Newark Slough Swing Bridge

Looking South. Abandoned in place very difficult to approach

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in July 2010

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BH Photo #169923

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Description 

This bridge was built in 1908 it hardly ever had to open for water traffic. During a 30 year period it only opened 6 times and one 16 year period in never opened at all. It had a gas engine to open the draw. It is abandoned in place in the open position.

source "California Drawbridges" Bernard C. Winn

Facts 

Overview
Baltimore through truss bridge over Newark Slough on Caltrain; this is the east end of SP Dumbarton Bridge
Location
Newark, Alameda County, California
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1910
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroad
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Design
Baltimore through truss rotating swing bridge
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 181.0 ft.
Total length: 417.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Also called
Newark Slough draw bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.51344, -122.08192   (decimal degrees)
37°30'48" N, 122°04'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/581135/4152227 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newark
Elevation
15 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 28, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder per plaque design
  • May 18, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • April 16, 2015: New photo from Zachary S
  • July 2, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 18, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • June 5, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

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Comments 

SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge
Posted September 1, 2020, by Luke

Judging by the charring, not by choice, but out of necessity.

SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge
Posted August 28, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like one of the approaches was removed between 2018 and 2020..

SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge
Posted August 28, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Nice and Abandoned. Just the way I like them LOL

SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge
Posted August 28, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Melissa... This one looks right up your alley!

SP - Newark Slough Drawbridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Michael Dugger (michaeldugger [at] insightfulimagery [dot] com)

Revisited this bridge on 8/27/20. Love this old swing bridge. I created some drone video footage as well as some still images. Really had a neat time exploring this old piece of history.