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Bardsdale Bridge

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Bardsdale Bridge Spans In Field

When 1928 bridge was replaced, the spans were dragged a mile away to this field.

Photo taken by Karl Sweitzer

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BH Photo #142122

Map 

Trivia 

Compiled by Karl Sweitzer

The original Bardsdale Bridge was swept away in the St. Francis Dam collapse of 1928. A steel through truss replacement was built and served until 1994. At the time of the replacement, the spans were dragged to an empty lot at the foot of Central Avenue, a mile away. Two of the trusses were subsequently purchased for use at the entrance to the Bridges development. (See photos.)

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Santa Clara River on CA 23
Location
Ventura County, California
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1928 to replace bridge swept away in St. Francis Dam disaster; replaced 1994
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 1,645.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.39167, -118.91500   (decimal degrees)
34°23'30" N, 118°54'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/323957/3807246 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fillmore
Elevation
422 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 42979 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Preserved"
  • April 20, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • July 5, 2009: Essay added by Karl Sweitzer

Sources 

  • Karl Sweitzer - kesc [at] pacbell [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Bardsdale Bridge
Posted April 20, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

The photos for this bridge show two spans abandoned in a field, further South from the abandoned trusses pictured, there are at least four additional trusses sitting abandoned.

Bardsdale Bridge
Posted July 6, 2009, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

That is a very interesting method of recycling the old trusses. I do not know exactlly what I think about it good or bad, but at least you can still go see what the structure looked like and its connection details.