This bridge is also called the "Rainbow Bridge", by the locals. It is illuminated at night.
Photos are not of the correct bridge.
The photo I had previously posted here turned out to be a picture of Tunnel 39, so I moved it there.
From the pictures, it looks like someone stole the floor system. That's not good for structural stability. Very sad...
I read an article yesterday in the Reading Eagle confirming that the Winter Park express will start running January 7th.Amtrak is reporting that the trips are already sold out.Looks like snowbirds will be flocking to this resort.No pun intended.
To be put in storage in Montezuma County. From article:
County planners said they have agreed to take the structure and plan to store it at the fairgrounds. One potential use for it is on the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde project, a proposed 17-mile nonmotorized trail connecting Cortez and Mancos to Mesa Verde National Park.
It could be used as bridge to connect the trail across U.S. Highway 160, including to the Phil’s World trail system or Southwest Colorado Community College. It may come in handy for getting the trail across McElmo Creek or irrigation canals within the proposed trail corridor, which includes both sides of the highway.
The Ski Train will resume service on January 7, 2017, running from Denver Union Station, through the Moffat Tunnel, to Winter Park Resort. It will run Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. It will be operated by Amtrak using Amtrak equipment. https://www.amtrak.com/winterparkexpress
Replacement pedestrian bridge under construction as of August 23, 2016.
Replacement bridge construction has begun. Replacement will connect directly with I-70 WB exit ramp, allowing traffic to access bridge directly from I-70. Picture as of August 23, 2016.
Was in Glenwood this weekend and I can confirm this bridge has been torn down. New replacement is being built at this time.
Being the bridge is fairly new, it was likely designed and built to exceed new Colorado standards, which I believe are 40 tons for single-axle vehicles and 42.5 tons for multi-axle.
What is the weight restriction on this bridge
Visited in July 2016 and took some pictures. Track appears somewhat maintained, with evidence a hi-rail vehicle has been through here recently. So UPRR has not completely abandoned this line (yet). However all signal systems have been dismantled. The south portal is easily reached on a public county road, from US 24 just south of the pass.
I don't think this is the correct info for Lobatos bridge (wrong picture too, as noted above). The Lobatos bridge is one lane, wood surfaced, enclosed by the supports and black in color. I'm searching for the weight limit and bridge dimensions, so if anyone can help update the record, I appreciate it. (Picture by "abravebrian" http://www.panoramio.com/m/photo/30971042)
Nice find, J.P.!
1887 railroad bridge rehabbed and used to bypass a 1924 bridge.....
Added info to the page.
I agree that your location info is correct.
This bridge was built by the state of Colorado for $4,000 with Lake County contributing $223.80 and was completed October 15, 1908 by the Pueblo Bridge Company. It has two 35' Luten arch spans:
There is a photograph a couple pages down in the document.
As far as the location goes, I submit this for consideration:
County Road 10
Leadville, CO 80461
I can check next time I'm in the area and get a couple photographs, but it would be great if an editor could update the page with the other info.
According to Silverton Public Works this bridge was scrapped and locals mostly oppose replacing it in order to limit through traffic in their area.
Winery nearby depicts this bridge on bottles. http://coloradowine.com/winery/black-bridge-winery/
Nice work solving the mystery... as for categorization, I guess its a matter of opinion... its mostly a deck girder, but could be called a through, if barely. Even though its technically not a "plate" girder, that's probably OK to list it as that. I ran into a similar problem on my own website with a similar bridge in Canada... and I was too lazy to create a separate category :)
Nathan, you're right, and I was able to revisit the bridge and look underneath to confirm and get a picture. (photos above) The creek was running high, so the only way to get a picture underneath was to dangle my phone on a "selfie stick". (Useful when you have neither fishing waders nor a drone.) The photo revealed an unusual jack-arch deck.
Unfortunately, there is no category here for girder/floorbeam system bridges. Should this really be some kind of a pony girder bridge, since the support beams are higher than the deck? No category for that either, since the support girders are not composed of plates. I'll leave these questions of taxonomy to others; I took the pictures.
currently in construction and scheduled to be completed November 2015 at an estimated cost of $5.8 million
I would contact City - Parks and Recreation and ask the person who answers if they book that bridge as a venue. If not, they would probably know. How cool. We love events on bridges. Take pics.
Hannah, there appears to be a Gala on September 10th for The Greenway Foundation. You could email them and ask them how they reserved the bridge.
I've seen events held here before. How do I contact someone about reserving the location? Any help and direction is appreciated. Thank you!!
As of 7/24/15 the river channel has been re-routed in preparation for replacement of the eastern most span. New steel beams have been staged in an open lot to the north of the highway east of the bridges. Would assume that all three spans are to be replaced. Curious what will be done with the old bridge structures.
The Riflesight Notch Loop was planned and built as a single structure by the railroad for the purpose of gaining elevation in a limited space. To do that they had to build a tunnel and a bridge (trestle), together at the exact same location. (See photo) They probably had to be built very carefully, to avoid one damaging the other during construction. Historians consider them as one structure. If they were to be considered separately, they would have the exact same geographic coordinates. I do not see how that is different from the Navy requiring a string of bridges and tunnels to traverse Chesapeake Bay. That is why I tagged Riflesight Notch Loop as a bridge-tunnel, because that's what this single structure is. I have been to both. If Riflesight Notch Loop is two separate structures, then the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is several separate structures as well, related as "same project". It has 15 separate Virginia Bridge Numbers. For simplicity, let's just keep both bridge-tunnels as single entities here.
The category was made for three structures at Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Hampton, Virginia that are bridges with tunnels underneath the main navigation channels.
The structures were built that way due to the Navy being worried about a bridge being targeted to shut down the navigation channels, thereby crippling the Atlantic Fleet, which is based out of Naval Station Norfolk.
Much as I'd like to see a bridge tunnel or a trestle tunnel, this trestle and tunnel appear to be two entirely separate structures, functionally and structurally independent of each other.
We have so many meaningless categories on this website I have to ask: what is a bridge-tunnel? And if Tunnel 33 does not qualify, according to our expert, what is it? A trestle-tunnel?
There are reports that the Ski Train may resume service through the Moffat Tunnel carrying skiers from Denver to Winter Park Resort on winter weekends, starting this coming winter. The Ski Train had run on this route from 1940-2009. A trial run in March 2015, using Amtrak equipment, sold out in just hours. Details, including approval by the Union Pacific Railroad, are still being worked out.
Skiers are desperate to escape traffic congestion on I-70, so the movement to restart the Ski Train on the Moffat Route is gaining quite a bit of momentum. It's a 2-hour train ride, about equivalent to driving via I-70 if there were no traffic, but on winter weekends I-70 is typically very badly congested.
Denver Post story http://www.webcitation.org/6Y1F9uelm
I think this is actually a girder/floorbeam system type bridge. Note how the outer beams rise above the roadway level, and further note the rivets in the side of the girder, which one would assume, are where the transverse floor beams are riveted.
Some nice historical photos in this article
He was your Grandfather? How neat. I think this bridge is the most stunning thing I have seen in the U.S.
The marker on the map is in the wrong location. The southeast end of the bridges was located at Wazee Street and 14th Street.
Streetview confirms this bridge is gone. New bridge has some hideous post-modern columns that look sort of like arches. There is a good looking modern steel tied arch pedestrian bridge next to the new structure.
Just an observation:
Noticed while white water rafting June of 2014, that, in many places, farmers have put up fences directly across the line. A couple of them actually had gates across the tracks but others appeared to be permanent fences.
Wasteful indeed. Its bad enough we waste money in this country demolishing and replacing historic bridges used by 10 cars a day when they could be repaired for far less money.
And its very stupid to consider the use of a small amount of Canadian Steel as detrimental to the US economy... there is a big difference between importing from Canada and importing from China. Think of the millions upon millions of dollars of low-grade Chinese steel used to replace the Oakland Bay Bridge in CA... which supported an economy across the seas that will have little return benefit to us.
Canada in contrast provides the USA with numerous economic benefits. Whether its the massive numbers of Canadians that stream across our border in large numbers and go shopping on a daily basis, or the fact that Canada has for over 100 years used steel from the United States on a very large percentage of its bridges. (the other two sources were traditionally various mills in the UK and Algoma Steel in Canada)
Featured in the 2014 Wastebook by Senator Tom Coburn.
A one page excerpt is attached.
Full Wastebook with endnotes is here:
Note that the Needle's Eye Tunnel (Tunnel 32) and the Riflesight Notch Tunnel (Tunnel 33) are different tunnels on the same route, the former on the eastern side of Rollins Pass and the latter on the western side.
This is an odd bridge! It almost can't be called a bridge as one side doesn't seem to be spanning anything. And I think it's the only pin-connected girder bridge know of. The A-frames are pin-connected and are supporting the girder.
I'd sure like to get a closer look and seem some engineering details.
This is not a photo of Lobatos Bridge.
The lodge at State Bridge, Colorado has been rebuilt, and it now hosts music festivals on its grounds in the summer. The piers of the old bridge were still visible in the river in 2012.
UP doesn't maintain the line quite as good as you might believe. They have actually removed crossing signals in some areas, and I think it has been quite a while since they have laid any ballast down. I remember seeing something about UP dumping some ballast several years ago, and I believe that was the first time they had done that in years. Also, there are many places along the line where small saplings are beginning to grow up through the ties. Nature is slowly beginning to reclaim the area, and the line has degraded enough to where it wouldn't be immediately available should the Moffat Route go down. A perfect example would be the massive washout that closed it down just recently. UP was not able to re-route any traffic over Tennesse Pass due to its current condition.
A shout out to Jeff Nelson...awesome job. Glad to see communities embracing their heritage and not destroying the past for the sake of convenience or budget. Kudos to you, the team and all parties who drove this project forward!
The project is 100% complete and a grand success. The project won an award with the APWA for Engineering and Construction.
I give a personal THANK YOU to all of the successful team, who contributed,
Jeff Nelson (Project Manager)
Assistant County Engineer
UP maintains this line yet does not use it. Not only on this site, but multiple others I have read is reports that they still send hy-rails down it at least once a year to clear rocks, grown brush and even a couple railcars of replacement ballast have been run and dropped in some areas. Also, all railroad grade crossing signals and etc. are maintained and upkept. The only thing on this line that does not function is the ancient block signals due to years of robbing parts to repair other lines.
THEORY: UP is obviously keeping this line in decent shape for a reason, either for a possible spike in business from high coal demand and insane traffic, or just simply a backup. Think about it, the Moffat tunnel is 6.5 miles long, what would UP do if something obstructed the Moffat route, such as a cave in? they would HAVE to resort to this line, its kinda like insurance.
Above all, at least they don't let it fall into disrepair. Being that the same company (Southern Pacific) that owned this line prior to the merger also owned the poorly maintained CRI&P KC-St Louis route for 16 years after recieving it, did absolutely nothing and allowed it to fully return to nature and in the end result, leaving UP with an unusable, decomposed line that would cost hundreds of millions to rebuild, yet if only cleared/checked once a year, would still be in OK shape and could be restored for far less.
Either way, point being: this line is not abandoned and maintained for a reason, otherwise they would not continue throwing money at it. There is some kind of an agenda for this line.....
I noticed Brent Tindall has adjusted GPS coordinates for quite a bit of entries lately. At first I wondered if there was an angle he was pursuing. Perhaps maybe he wanted to draw attention to something.
I think he's probably just making it so the pin is right on the bridge and not say on a reef off of the Bahamas. Some of the coordinates can be way off.
That's not to say looking around I have not found anything.
I was searching the bridge inventory for the five breakaway counties forming the state/country/kingdom of Northern Colorado. There are a few interesting ones that I added. Some rail lines pass through and there might be opportunities for rail buffs like Luke or Marvig to scan the terrain for crossings. One is present in this street view.
No the house is abandoned according to local records.
Such a beautiful part of the world...
Did you know Wiki does not recognize any info on this bridge?
The eastbound tunnel is currently under major reconstruction to widen it to 3 lanes. http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels
What a relief to discover that CDOT had carefully rehabilitated these nice old bridges in 2011-12, instead of replacing them. It was such a good restoration that it had me fooled when I stopped and photographed them in June.
I just crossed these bridges in June 2013. Both original bridges are very much intact, with no evidence of construction activity to replace them, despite CDOT's schedule to replace them starting in 2011. Perhaps they figured they had higher priorities than a couple of bridges with 47.9 sufficiency ratings, very light traffic, and an alternate route for high-clearance vehicles via mainline US 50.
Traffic has just been shifted to the new bridge, even though construction work continues, Demolition of the historic truss bridge should commence soon.
I noticed that the old streetview is gone. The current view shows the nearly completed new bridge, and traffic using a temporary bridge.
This bridge was damaged by fire on 11 June, 2013. See link below: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/06/12/fire-damage...
This bridge has been demolished and replaced
I have some tunnels in my inventory.
Let me sell you this tunnel.
Is the house inhabited?
This bridge is no more ... but on the plus side why not commemorate it with a sign post outside a visitor's centre? And save a pile of the scrapped metal for use in art projects?
A snippet: "The new sign details the history of the bridge. 'The Eagle River Bridge was one of the first of its kind in Colorado,'"
And this: “We are using it in kind of a decorative way because it's a good way to preserve the history of the bridge,” said town engineer Tom Gosiorowski.
sorry about bridge, I AM in battle to save a national landmark at HALETOWNtn the old MARION MEMORIAL BRIDGE
BUT CAN GET NO RESPONCE FROM ANYONE,guess they have more money than me it is a 22.5 MILLION tax DELIMA, THIS BRIDGE DOES NOT DESERVE THE FATE GIVEN IT JUST CLOSED WAITING FOR DESTRUCTION
Alas, the bridge is now gone, a victim of modernization.
Ckecking a couple topo maps, this apperas to be Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (later Southern Pacific, now Union Pacific Railroad)
I have just gotten wind that our "green bridge" is scheduled for demolition. I know it is a very late hour, but I am willing to volunteer my time and energy to see what ideas might be viable for its reuse (maybe in a town park right on Hwy 24 in Peyton.) However, I know that I cannot accomplish anything fast enough on my own, so PLEASE contact me if you are willing to join with me to see how far we can go in trying to save it.
It was at one time...
How can a "Lost" bridge be "Open to Traffic"???
As a young child in the 1960's my school bus crossed the Prowers Bridge twice a day on the way to and the way back from school in the little town of McClave, Colorado. The bridge was one lane and seemed very rickety and scary but still survived the great floods of 1921 and 1965.
Hello! This bridge is definitely one of my favorite places in the Springs; it's very peaceful and definitely photogenic.
I discovered this bridge thanks to Google Street View. Bing Maps has great Bird's Eye imagery of it.
Interestingly, the large Parker span is over dry land while the much smaller Pratt truss spans the Arkansas River.
Nathan says, "There is no word in the English language to describe how stupid and wasteful this is."
Actually, there is a single word that sums up those thoughts succinctly:
Wow, it sure must be nice to live in Colorado. While other states are struggling to balance their budget and dealing with serious issues ranging from funding our nation's schools, to filling potholes on roads, and while our nation's debt crisis is in the headlines, the state of Colorado has so much spare change laying around it can afford to demolish a bridge just for the sake of demolishing it... a bridge that looks like it is in excellent shape and at worst only needs a minor rehabilitation to continue serving vehicular traffic, and likely could serve pedestrians for half a century in its current condition.
There is no word in the English language to describe how stupid and wasteful this is.
This bridge is going to be demolished and no new bridge will be constructed. The letting for the project is on August 4th. All the information for the removal is at http://www.springsgov.com/rfp.aspx. It's too bad the bridge is being removed but at least they are not building a UCEB, for now anyways.
It took me three years to finally upload this bridge. Enjoy!
According to Wikipedia the bridge did indeed house prisoners, and they are said to have been WWII German POW. I do not know if this claim is true, but the prisoners building the bridge and doing other work in the are seems to be a pretty solid idea throughout our local history. I have contacted several agencies to see if they can offer any advice or assistance in saving our "Green Bridge." I think that if it cannot be saved functionally then to just bypass it and allow it to stay where it is so that we may all continue to enjoy it would be best.
Good to see some information concerning the jail cells. I have driven over this bridge, but have not had a chance to stop and look at the cells. I know of no other bridge with this feature.
Even if one is not interested in bridges, the drive from Limon to Colo. Springs on 24 is awesome - especially as Pikes Peak comes into view.
Yes I think the bridge should be repaired and not replaced as a part of history, it is quite unique. My family & I stopped to see it about 2-3yrs ago, I had never heard of it until my husband told me. I was born & raised in C.S. I wonder if more people knew about it, they would want to keep it as well. The cells are still there as are the bars on the windows, the cells are just full of sand.
This bridge is under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge and in my opinion is more interesting than the suspension bridge, from an engineering standpoint.
I found a website that confirms the bridge will be replaced and they are looking to find it a new home. I wish they would just fix it since it indicates that it just needs to be fixed up. This bridge sits in a lot of people's hearts.
I sure hope so. The article said the estimate of the project is $4,700,000.
Save the bridge!
Well now....here's something you don't see everyday...... an historic bridge with jail cells built into the abutments!
I would like to think that the completely unique story behind this span would be enough to merit retaining it as an historic site.......wouldn't it????
It was fun playing in those jail cells as kids and walking across the railroad tracks. Let me tell you it was tricky climbing in them. I read an article that they will be starting work on this bridge in the fall of 2011. It will be sad if they fully replace the bridge and take out the jail cells.
Photo of bridge on flickr
Link to a photo of a bridge, it now carries a pipeline
I was wondering if there might be a set plans for the bridge?
Webmaster, could a category be created (or is there one already) for these fine Luten arch bridges. It would be great to be able to see them as a group.
Gross. That new bridge is nasty. I certainly sympathize with anyone who had a constant view of the old bridge, and now have to look at this monstrosity.
The Satank Bridge rehablitation project is 90% complete. My team of professionals performed above and beyond to make this project a success.
My apology, but this won't relate to bridges. But I wanted to share with you all a map I created of how Aulne, Kansas will look like in the future hopefully. Aulne is a very small town that is close to Marion. It has a church, an old bank that was built in 1909, and it has about eleven houses. I've been through this little town very many times in my life. Ever since I was eight years old, my mind created an imagination about Aulne becoming a bigger city. On Google Maps, I created the map of my imagination in the future. Click on this link to view my map I created:
My family and I lived right next to this bridge in the late 70's to mid 80's. I have many happy memories on and around that beautiful bridge.
I'm writing my memiors and was looking for another bridge. I saw this one listed and clicked. I have many memories of this area and of this bridge. I wish I had photos but only memories.
If this bridge is successfully marketed and preserved, that is great. But if this bridge is not successfully marketed and is demolished, this will be extremely stupid on the part of Colorado. This is a bridge which could be rehabilitated for continued vehicular use. And I don't think I need to point out that Colorado isn't one of those states that is bulging with hundreds of truss bridges. Actually, the NBI shows that Colorado is one of those states that has less than 100 truss bridges in the entire state.
This looks like it would be REALLY dangerous with that curve in it.
With truss bridges from this period in the 20th Century, the differences you see from state to state are generally because each state had its own set of standard plans for truss bridges. The design thus varies from state to state.