This bridge was replaced in 2016
Yeah, what they said!!!
By my standards 1950 would at best qualify as "Kinda old".
The very old swing bridge will be replaced with a 2021 arch bridge with no draw span.
Xavier,i am actually not familiar with this bridge but i have fished the Schuylkill River below this bridge.From the pictures and what you said i agree this bridge is beyond saving.Also being that i lived and went to school while living in Lansdale i am familiar with the area very well.If and when i do get to see this bridge if it's still standing i will be careful,especially on it if possible.I know there are possibly other bridges in the area that are abandoned which i will someday take the time and look for.
Perhaps you should learn to use Google street view before criticizing them. Just back up and you will see that the tunnel height is right there. I believe it said 14'5" WB and 14'2" EB.
Indeed Nathan, that is the same bridge!
And a 169 Average Daily Traffic count gives even more reason that a restoration is the more feasible option!
Also, that supposed $13 Million price tag to restore the bridge is an inflated joke and nothing more than an attempt to thwart preservation... Unless they are planning to Gold plate it!
I visited this bridge a few months ago, and will be adding it to HistoricBridges.org soon. Anyway in researching my page for the bridge, I had reviewed Dr. James Cooper's notes... he does not have any detailed history for this bridge, but he does indicate that this bridge was constructed in 1920. I also found a bridge that I think is this bridge as shown in a Luten catalog from 1924 as I am showing here. As you can see the railings are different. The railings seen on the bridge today, which resemble a design I think that Indiana was using in the 1940s, may be the reason for the 1946 date (railing and maybe deck replacement).
Its also a meaningless decision until Section 106 is conducted (as far as I know it hasn't been unless they have conducted it without my knowledge despite requesting consulting party status). No Section 106 = No Federal Funds.
Very helpful; thanks guys!
Best Kept secret! Suggestions for this year?
The current state of this bridge is rather rough. the bridge is in an extreme state of disrepair. much of it is overgrown, rotted away, or missing. the bridge deck is missing in many places and walking across can be daunting. this bridge is used by many locals as access to an island in the river. very dangerous to cross, but interesting. the tracks are gone too and the only way on the bridge is an old railroad tie. worth checking out, but proceed with caution
Just a guess, but I expect those are stations for the monitoring the river level.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/12/17 replacement of this bridge will be started on the week of Aug. 21,not 8/14/17 as originally scheduled.No reason was given for the re-scheduling.
Irresponsible and short-sighted decision, but sadly it seems to be ingrained into government officials in Wisconsin that history means nothing and these landmarks are simply scrap metal... Truly sad indeed!
The Burlington-Bristol Bridge underwent a complete re-painting in the fall of 2016, winter of '16 & '17
Open for traffic. We crossed bridge on 8/13/17
This historic bridge is closed indefinitely. The Chippewa County Board voted to build a replacement bridge if Federal and State money is approved. It appears as though the historic bridge will soon be demolished to make room for the new bridge that may be competed by 2021. Anyone want to buy a beautiful old bridge?
County Board votes to replace shuttered Cobban Bridge
...And an incorrect date can be something as simple as them repaving the deck!
Indianapolis has a large number of Luten arches built between 1900 and 1925. Some of them (http://bridgehunter.com/in/marion/4900229/) have dates that are from much later, probably representing a major rehab.
Why do you post like a scene kid trapped in 2006?
This bridge is mediocre, lol hahaha laterzzz bye
Is that 1946 date correct? Per Wikipedia, that's the year Luten died, at age 76. Was he really working right up to the end?
Also take a look at the footings - the are angled towards the center to take the compression loads from the bottom members.
The bridge was severely damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017 and is barely hanging on. The landowner gave me permission to photograph it up close on August 12, 2017. Pictures will be added.
I believe the bridge is no longer in use as it appears the driveway has been routed around it and a new bridge built over the creek. The bridge decking is in very poor condition. I only took one quick picture of it from the car on August 12, 2017 (because I didn't know it's significance until a search here).
Does anyone know the name of the builder of the NECR / Central Vermont RR bridge over the Sawmill River in Leverett or if plans of this and other Warren Truss Deck Rail Road bridges built in Franklin County, Massachusetts in the first decades of the 20th century exist? These bridges exist on the CV RR and the Boston and Maine (now Panamerican RR) Fitchburg division.
These bridges seem to have all been built in the same era and are very similar design.
The bridge was closed earlier this month and will reopen as a pedestrian crossing in 2019. The lift span is still operating (don't know why), but the area is nice to have with less traffic.
Luke- Very interesting reading description of the bridge in your link. It seems it was built as a cantilever and converted to an arch at completion. The highest connection at the abutment was under tension supporting the cantilever until the opposite sides were ready to join. At that point the load was shifted from tension at the abutment(s) to compression at the center of the structurer making it an arch with a pin connection. Two 80 foot side spans went from being anchors for the cantilever to simple spans. 240ft. for the longest span and 400'6'' plus the two 80' side spans.
It took me less time to find the sign in Google streetview than it's taken me to type up this reply.
If your going to take a picture at least get caution tunnel heights in photo, you have no facts of tunnel height for semi's
Can anyone tell me what the ratchet wheel and pulley system was used for on this old railroad over the shallow Allegheny River that was built in 1907 ? There are two of these at each end of the bridge. There is also a platform going nowhere ???
All the way to Augusta? Awesome! I imagine that it could connect to the Redbud Trail coming out of Wichita, assuming that they can get a bridge in place over the Whitewater River. (Not a MOB, I pray).
The original RR bridge over the Whitewater River at Augusta(plate girder) had to be removed because the Whitewater River was undermining it.
This bridge is scheduled to become a part of the Western Sky Trail, a short 18-mile long Rail-Trail between Fredonia and Chanute. The trail is still in the planning phase.
This bridge, and the line from Fredonia to Augusta is scheduled to become part of the "Iron Horse Trail", which is in the planning phase.
This bridge was built by the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway; not the Nickel Plate.
Nicely done. Congratulations to involved!
This bridge was still standing in late June of 2017, although part of the timber approach is collapsing. I'll post my photos of it in the near future.
Othmar H. Ommann winner for SURE!
Well, that is a shame...
Even if this bridge was no longer functioning as a truss, it was still a beautiful structure in a beautiful location.
Looking great! When your bridge is on the verge of collapse, just call Julie, Nels, Rivet and the Gang!
The dedication sign shows the name for the US 70 bridge. When US 70 traffic was removed from this bridge the pedestrian bridge was designated the Bob Sheehan Memorial, keeping the Elmer Disspayne Sr designation for the bridge carrying the highway.
Switchback Arch was the original name the railroad gave it, and the historic article explains how it functions as a 3-hinge arch: https://books.google.com/books?id=RDUxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA218&dq=S...
White Pass & Yukon RR is still running during the Summer.
How is this an arch? It is a cantilever design.
The railroad refers to it as "Steel Bridge" and since they own it I expect that is the proper name.
I don't have a measurement but when built it was considered the tallest cantilever in the world according to the railroad.
Owners claim construction date of 1901.
The southern side abutment just upstream from this bridge is actually the remains of the former St. Louis & Hannibal RR trestle which was abandoned in 1944. Just south of this abutment is the stop/'town' of Jones.
I was recently looking at a comparison of the NB bridge (1917) and the SB bridge (1958) before the NB had been reconfigured to match the SB bridge... and I noticed that 3 whole sections of the original NB bridge are missing!!
The new "humpback" section is new in 1958, but I count only 7 original sections after the tower-spans, where originally that count was 10. What happened to the other 3 segments? Scrapped? Repurposed elsewhere? Thanks!
here's the 1959 aerial for reference!
Just spent some time inspecting the rehabilitated span. Its such a beautiful bridge. I think the engineers stayed true to her original design. One has to really look to see the blend between the old and the new, very nicely done.
May she last another hundred years and more!
This bridge was the location of a notorious murder in December 1986.
The bridge piers still stand, but have suffered from erosion. The piers(2) do not look the same as those shown in the photograph. A low-head dam was built just upstream of the piers in the mid-1950s.
I question whether this photograph is the bridge over the Flatrock River at this location.
I live across the street from the lot with the dam and remaining piers.
Photos by P.J.Hana, an acquaintance of mine. Photos made 10 August, 2017.
The east dam abutment looks similar to the west abutment shown.
It's a shame people park illegally here, deface everything with graffiti and toss litter around. Wish the city would do something about it.
This drawbridge is kinda rare to see opening with no traffic lights and no gates. This drawbridge still operates.
This drawbridge is kinda rare to see opening with no traffic lights and no gates. This drawbridge still operates.
This bridge is being replaced but is still open to traffic. Sorry but I don't have a photo.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/10/17 a work crew began pouring a concrete deck on this bridge.The former earthen deck on the stone bridge is being replaced by a concrete roadway over Ontelaunee Creek near the historic village of Trexler.PennDOT is working on a $1.1 million restoration of the 19th century bridge,one of only 4 triple-arch structures that remain in Berks County.Trucks pumped concrete through a large boom capable of reaching from one side of the creek to the other.The picture in the paper shows this boom and what they are doing.Amazing.Earlier,workmen from J.D.Eckman inc. of Atglen,Chester County,shored up the arches and removed the stone walls lining the roadway.PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown said the age and condition of the bridge warrant extensive renovations.A date marker in the stonework indicates the bridge was built in 1841,when Martin Van Buren was president.The project is expected to be completed in November.I remember posting on Bridgehunters about a stone arch bridge in Berks County and the stone walls being removed and then put back as they were originally were.Not sure if it was this one.Hopefully they put the stone walls back.
Great railing. I wish we had some information on the age, designer, etc.
Should be complete before 2023.
Has anyone have any updates on the new Wittpen bridge being completed or still in construction or was delayed of construction?
Daniel added this based off of info posted by James Holzmeier, so he listed it as the old Wabash bridge, which was a truss.
But this isn't the Wabash line, and I agree with the assessment that it was a DPG.
Cor-Ten still lives on.
If fabricated with its limitations in mind it works. But it has quite a record of failure, including Atlanta's Omni.
In all seriousness, it is going to be interesting to see what happens with respect to the condition of the steel on these bridges over the next few decades. Many of these bridges are composed of the so-called weathering steel. This weathering steel is intended to develop a patina of rust and then quit rusting. If I recall correctly, I believe that the infamous Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia was built from a similar material but it could not stand up to the humid Georgia climate.
Eastern Kansas does not have Gulf Coast humidity but it's not exactly a dry climate either. This bridge is going to have to sit out in the rather humid environment of Eastern Kansas. In forty or fifty years we can see how well it will have performed.
We can see how some of the Victorian era wrought iron bridges have performed across Kansas and the rest of the country. There are some 1870s and 1880s bridges out there that are not doing so bad as far as the condition of the iron is concerned. On the other hand there are much newer bridges in the region which are deteriorating rapidly due to moisture and salt. This bridge will have a chance to prove itself... how will it fare?
nice Penn Bridge plaque photo on this one.
Not a Bowstring Nick... Just a "Welded Wannabe"! (Somewhere in the unknown region between a Pratt and a Parker.
I've said it a million times... I can handle these MOB's when they are used in new construction or replacing non-historic spans. But when an historic truss is sacrificed and the public is led to believe that it is a good thing... It's not! Even the rust on them comes off as fake to me as it tries to imply that they are "historic looking". I think they would actually look better with a bright coat of paint on them, but I know the manufacturers tout them as no paint needed. I won't be around for it but I'll be surprised if they last 50 years.
My Rant for the evening.
Up until about 40 years ago, Douglas County had a nice collection of early 20th century trusses. Now they are no more.
If you are a resident of Douglas County and you want to see some nice truss bridges, may I suggest Miami County...
Had not previously noticed that old listing for whatever reason....wreason....wow that old thru truss a beauty!! sad sad sad
US 70 was commissioned in 1926, so this bridge probably never carried it.
Here is the former bridge:
It was the last remaining historic truss bridge in Douglas County save for the railroad bridge at Eudora. With the demolition of the old bridge, Douglas County became the first county in the eastern third of Kansas (roughly), without a single vehicular metal truss or Marsh arch within its boundaries. I would not be surprised if one or two other Counties have joined Douglas County since then.
Fun modern bridge I found on satellite this week, a hearty bridge with nice wood planking over Washington Creek just east of the town of Lone Star, Kansas.
This drawbridge no longer operates, but now it has been replaced by a 2016 replacement bridge with no bascule span.
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.
Lisa, lostbridges has several postcard images of the previous bridge: http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=NE/27-54-U01x&loc...
Do you have Photo's of this bridge before 1913,
Preliminary studies are under way for the eventual replacement of this bridge. A likely scenario involves keeping the girder approach spans and replacing the main truss span. No design concepts have been proposed yet. A detailed inspection and load rating of the approach spans is just getting started. Any replacement project will be at least 10 years down the road, but be forewarned!
According to the St. Louis County engineer, this bridge has been removed and a replacement is being constructed. We will be in the area in September for other bridge inspections and will verify the status of this one.
With the current demolition and replacement of the Embarrass River bridge (88773), this may be the last surviving pony truss in St. Louis County. To my knowledge it is still extant but closed. We will be up there in September for other bridge inspections and will verify the status of this one.
Went exploring yesterday...found the bridge but couldn't get down to it.... Noticed a homeless person's camp, announced myself and was invited into the campsite... explained what I was trying to figure out and the homeless guy (Danny) showed me the hidden trails to get to the bottom.... So much fun!
(Repaid his kindness with a case of water and some food stuffs)
Two traffic lights have been removed while the other ones still remain.
Yep... Looks RR to me as well!
Nels Raynor... I can almost see that Million Dollar check with your name on it!!!
That has been my suspicion. Rail to road.
Historicaerials shows this bridge in 1958 as a spur of the St. Louis-San Fransisco Railroad, but later as a road bridge.
If I recall correctly, this bridge used to have a pigtail ramp on the East end. Of course, I was never able to get very close to it so I might be misremembering. If I am correct about the pigtail ramp, then that would certainly indicate vehicle use.
That's what I was looking for, Nathan. I saw several references to the Neosho power plant but couldn't figure out if it was by the river or the town of Neosho. Good old Parsons Sun.
Gas generators make sense considering the large amount of gas in the ground around here. This raises the question of why they needed a rail bridge if not to move coal. They ran a rail line to the original plant site but putting up a bridge just to build on the other side of the river seems like a lot of expense. The people I knew who might remember are long gone.
Saw a film/documentary and believe it was the daughter or granddaughter of the builder of this bridge who had possession of these plans Not shore if this is Peter C. Cambell"s family or held by J.E. Greiner Co. In either event we just moved to Crisfield Maryland and though it would be a great original gift to frame for my wife, but can't locate to request a copy. Can you help?
11 Columbia Ave.
Crisfield, Maryland 21817
Bridge is actually a Pennsylvania truss and was probably relocated to its current place in 1946.
Pictures of current (and older) Hylebos Bridge at 11th (this bridge) may be found at http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...
I find the pictures of the Tidewater Mill, right next to the current bridge, fascinating. There's just a small beach/spit there now.
Hylebos Bridge at Lincoln Ave (lost) : http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...
Seeing in the pictures the other Hylebos bridge at The bridge at Lincoln was a surprise to me.
Many pictures of current and previous bridge. http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacMurray...
Assuming my site works, here's a link for pictures of the Blair Bridge (and surrounding area). http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacBlairB...
The two bridge photos on this page seem different. Also, Aaron Turner sent me this photo of yet another mystery Scioto River Bridge a while back, not sure where it was.
Not sure if I am missing something obvious in this conversation, but it appears that in 2012 a power plant called the Neosho Steam Electric Station was removed off Wallace Road south of US-400 along the Neosho River... that would appear to reference a location near this bridge. Is that was everyone is wondering about?
The recently demolished plant was newer than the bridge; likely if the bridge is associated with the power plants it was the 1930s ones:
Westar Energy decided last year that to be more efficient, the plant, on which construction began in 1953 and operations began in 1954, would no longer be used to generate electricity.
Like the two other gas-powered steam electric stations built on the east side of the Neosho River in the 1930s, and later razed, the newer station on the west side of the river has been decommissioned.
Here's a link to the Ledger Independent's Facebook page showing a couple pics of the damage:
Did your bridge look anything like this extant one?
While the stone substructure would suggest that this 2-span pony has always been in this location, it never hurts to double-check. I'm assuming you would have crossed under this one as well.
The Dover Bridge was badly damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017. The steel supports underneath the bridge were washed out and the bridge was bowed due to the force of the water. The truss is approximately disengaged from the lower chords and the only thing supporting the bridge is a compromised floor. Unless emergency stabilization measures are taken soon it is not a question of "if" the bridge will collapse, it is "when".
This appears to have been the site of a power plant, located between the lake and the river. I don't see any trace of it now other than some disturbed ground. It's hard to find info on what was here, what became of it, or even a name.
Guessing, KS added a lot of generating capacity in the 1920s and closed down a number of older plants over the last 30 years as utility companies consolidated. From the air currently it looks like switching gear in the enclosures.