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Voting underway for T-shirt in Germany
Posted August 15, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

VOTING UNDERWAY: As part of the marketing campaign to sell T-shirts to help for the costs of keeping the Bockau Arch Bridge, we are currently designing a concept for a T-shirt with bridges along the Zwickau Mulde in western Saxony. Details are found here. Your mission is to determine which bridges should go onto the T-shirt. Go to the album Zwickau Mulde, hit like for any of the bridges that you like and want to see on the T-shirt. Voting ends on 15 September and the top 10-16 bridges will be chosen for the shirt. Get the word out and vote for your favorite Zwickau Mulde crossing: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/sav...

Link to ballot: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBridgehuntersChronicles/photo...

Posted August 15, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I’m guessing this bridge is older than 1950. Possibly closer to 1890.

Posted August 14, 2018, by Luke

There's a small, unnamed ditch on the west end of town that empties into Hickory near the RV park.

Stream width based on streetview seems to fit the bill, although the house in the background no longer seems to exist.

Posted August 14, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I believe the new location for the Bear Tavern bridge is this bridge.

The trusses were placed as non-functional decorations. http://mercerme.com/old-jacobs-creek-bridge-at-new-home-on-v...

Its been widened and the overhead bracing is really weird looking, its not consistent throughout the width. Not sure who came up with that design.

Posted August 14, 2018, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is gone, replaced by a single span PS concrete bridge (17535) in 2017.

Posted August 14, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now doomed, though there is a proposal to relocate it to Blackhawk Street. One more step on the city's plan to demolish all historic bascule bridges on the North Branch of the Chicago River.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-biz-bridge-goose-islan...

Posted August 14, 2018, by Carl Stclair (stclaircarl [at] gmail [dot] com)

my dad built a copy of this bridge for his model railroad layout in HO scale.

Genoa, Italy bridge collapse kills dozens
Posted August 14, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This isn't in the U.S., but it's major bridge news. A busy motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed today during a thunderstorm, killing "dozens". This story is still developing, so follow the media for details. An eyewitness report said that lightning hit one of the towers, and then it fell.

Story, including video of the bridge collapsing: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45183624

Follow this story as it develops. We may learn more about the reports of repairs being underway at the time (Echoes of I-35W), and the original design of the bridge.

Posted August 14, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Amanda Joy Mata. this may be bridge in your photo

Bridge comment
Posted August 14, 2018, by Amanda Joy Mata (amandajoymata [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I don't think that you have this bridge on your site. A lift bridge in Rio Hondo, Texas.

Posted August 13, 2018, by Lynn Glace (lynn [dot] glace [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi. You can post my photos. I hope someone on the site can give me some info about when this bridge was built and the name of it.

Thank you for your help.

Lynn Glace

Posted August 13, 2018, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

I ride on this bridge all the time. It's neat old stretch of 65.

Posted August 13, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Very cool, good find!!

Posted August 13, 2018, by Brianna Tarness (briannatarness82 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge remains indefinitely closed to all traffic including pedestrians, except for emergency vehicles. Detours are posted to the Cocherton-Damascus Bridge and the Narrowsburg-Darbytown Bridge.

I have not heard of any plans to demolish this bridge, which is fortunate given that this is Pennsylvania... however given that the bridge is indefinitely closed I wouldn’t be surprised if PennDOT deliberately does not maintain it and then uses that as an excuse to demolish this beautiful bridge a few years down the road.

I tried to get out to this bridge to do a field visit but the approach road is completely barricaded on both sides, including up to the curbs so that pedestrians can’t go around the barriers without trespassing on the front lawns of at least one business and one resident. Nice job, PennDOT. You’ve successfully kept all people away from this bridge so that now you can quietly let it rot away and then demolish it and replace it with a UCEB like you’re doing to the Pond Eddy Bridge.

Kellams Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted August 13, 2018, by Brianna Tarness (briannatarness82 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is actually the last known remaining underspanned suspension bridge in the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underspanned_suspension_bridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellams_Bridge

Posted August 13, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The HAER Documentation (attached) provides explanation. It is both aesthetic and also for reducing dead weight. In a sense you might think of an open spandrel arch bridge versus a closed spandrel arch. Perhaps bridges such as these were the first attempts to reduce the amount of material needed in an arch. As the documentation correctly notes, other examples of similar arch bridges (albeit often with half-circle openings) can be found overseas. I am aware of examples in Europe and China. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_du_Diable_(C%C3%A9ret) http://armchairtravelogue.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-bridges-...

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Posted August 13, 2018, by Curtis Hudson

It's a shame beautiful pieces of history such as this one are removed, although it's nice the approach was saved to be used as a memorial.

Posted August 13, 2018, by John Marvig

I’ve never seen pierced spandrels like this, so I can’t comment to the true reasoning behind them. However, they could possibly be purely decorative, or reduce the total dead load on the arches by reducing the amount of material supported.

Posted August 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Lynn Glace, Believe this is bridge you mentioned, I know little history but RR experts on site may be of assistance. If you give permission Im sure someone could add your photos credited to you. thanks for sharing!

Posted August 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Wow! Nice find

Posted August 13, 2018, by David Case

This is supposed to be the oldest truss bridge standing in Ohio. It was restored in 2010 and the Sippo Valley trail now passes underneath it. This is a very nice spot to visit and appreciate this old bridge.

Posted August 13, 2018, by Anonymous

This mornings paper where I live has a picture of this bridge on the front page concerning fishing on the schuylkill river.My fiancee asked me about the pierced spandrels which I told her i don't know why they were built into the bridge.Out of curiosity does anybody know why there are pierced spandrels built into this bridge and if it's for structural integrity?

Posted August 12, 2018, by Bill (Bmwsson [at] yahoo [dot] com)

An absolute beautiful bridge if it’s not historic does not make any difference because it certainly needs to be preserved very special place they created with this bridge my opinion

Posted August 12, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Drove over this beauty today. Small holes rotting all the way through on about 5 planks, but nothing dangerous. Cool spot, totally creeps up on you.

Posted August 12, 2018, by Luke

Hopefully the tunnels don't catch on fire as easily as his cars :')

Posted August 12, 2018, by Don

Tunnel is so last century. I vote that we start calling them "bores" since Elon's Boring Company now makes tunnels.

They also sell flamethrowers, so we could call this a flame war. Lol

Posted August 12, 2018, by Luke

1) All 5 of the NBI entries refer to it as a tunnel (As does everyone from the federal, state, and local governments to news outlets to highway fanatics.), and as I already stated, stringer is the typical roof construction method for cut-and-cover tunnels, but I guess paying attention is hard.

2) This tunnel passes under a park built upon the backfill used to bury the it.

3) And now you're being willfully obtuse and willfully ignoring the actual engineering/design differences between cut-and-cover tunnels and overpasses.

Literalism and pedantry don't trump actual engineering.

Railroad Bridge Mahantago Creek
Posted August 12, 2018, by Lynn Glace (lynn [dot] glace [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi. Is there any info about a railroad bridge over the Mahantago Creek in Pa. This bridge is located at the county lines of Northumberland and Dauphin counties. Route 147 runs parallel to it. Thank you. Lynn Glace

Posted August 12, 2018, by Anonymous

I thought tubes were tubes and stringers were stringers.

I suppose you could make an argument for the tubes as they are actually under something. This "tunnel" is not under anything, a pretty standard definition of tunnel. Otherwise do we start adding all the wide stringers as tunnels, cities are full of them, not to mention NBI (the gospel) lists it as stringers. And yea, the common and reasonable definition of something is generally best used, don't you think?

Royce

Posted August 12, 2018, by Luke

Most recent NBI says it was replaced in 02.

Posted August 12, 2018, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I added a streetview here, but it looks to me like this bridge has been replaced; or possibly had a major refurbishment.

Posted August 12, 2018, by Anonymous

You can ignore engineering techniques for your own personal opinion all you Like, it doesn't mean you're in the right.

Cut-and-cover (Which are typically stringer-roofed trenches.), along with immersed tubes (Used frequently in your home state, Royce.) are forms of tunnel construction, despite not being litetally tunneled through rock.

Ignoring this for a literalist view is extremely idiotic.

Bridge comment
Posted August 12, 2018, by Anonymous

Should we list all ditches crossed with stringers as tunnels?

Posted August 12, 2018, by Anonymous

Seems if it wasn't tunneled it is not a tunnel, hence the word tunnel. NBI has it listed as steel stringers

Posted August 12, 2018, by Thomas Kipphorn (tkipph [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to "Seeing Lancaster Count's Covered Bridges" by E. Gipe Caruthers, this bridge "Until 1916, crossed the Conestoga about a mile downstream, at which a new concrete span was built. [This would be at present crossing of North Farmersville Road.] Instead of scrapping this one, a local man named Joseph Shirk had it moved here where there was only a fording."

Posted August 11, 2018, by Luke

I've found several references to this being a "cut-and-cover" tunnel project , which is how most tunnels are built nowadays, especially when being built in already-built-up metropolitan areas

Citing sites that refer to it as cut-and-cover:

http://www.angelfire.com/va2/Route66/Background.html

http://www.dcroads.net/roads/I-66_VA/

http://wwwtripwithinthebeltway.blogspot.com/2015/02/i-66-add...

Posted August 11, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted August 11, 2018, by William Arnold (joeandbeaa [at] gmail [dot] com)

The information Ed stated was for a Brookville bridge. Not this one. It was the forth street bridge that had the new cement bridge that was lost to the 1913 flood. This location had a covered bridge at the time of the 1913 flood. It was the only Brookville bridge that survived that flood. It did however have both approaches washed away leaving Brookville stranded except by land to the Connersville Area. The covered bridge was known as either the Whitcomb Bridge or the Waterworks Bridge.

Local Tunnels
Posted August 11, 2018, by Anonymous

Do any locals in Mingo County, West Virginia know how the Tunnel Branch Tunnel got named?

Posted August 11, 2018, by Johnny Regan (johnnybaseball64 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is actually over the paulinskill river on a county near 15 in Lafayette township, nj. Johnny regan Somerville, nj.

Locals rock
Posted August 11, 2018, by justsayin

………………….Last yocal I talked too kept referring to the "trussell" This is a hammer for hand striking coins. He kept pointing at the Through girder Railroad bridge ...justsayin

tunnel local
Posted August 11, 2018, by just sayin

……………….I miss Amelia, Alina, Aisha and the cousins......just sayin

Posted August 11, 2018, by Anonymous

Let's all be like Elsa. Let it go. Let it go.

Posted August 11, 2018, by Dixie west (Jansen) (dixiewest76 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We lived in the house on the corner of 1st Street and 2nd ave. until 1942. The old RR trestle was visible from our yard. I have pics of my sisters and I having a tea party with the trestle in the background.my grandparents, Frank and Becky Smith moved into that house after we moved out. I guess they bought it from my parents.

Also, I went to 1st grade at Lincoln grammar school until we moved to Milford. I used to walk across the swinging footbridge every day going to and from school.

There was a park (Riverside Park) on the other side of hwy 9 where we used to go for picnics and there was a band shell there at that time.

Posted August 11, 2018, by Dixie west (Jansen) (dixiewest76 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We lived in the house on the corner of 1st Street and 2nd ave. until 1942. The old RR trestle was visible from our yard. I have pics of my sisters and I having a tea party with the trestle in the background.my grandparents, Frank and Becky Smith moved into that house after we moved out. I guess they bought it from my parents.

Also, I went to 1st grade at Lincoln grammar school until we moved to Milford. I used to walk across the swinging footbridge every day going to and from school.

There was a park (Riverside Park) on the other side of hwy 9 where we used to go for picnics and there was a band shell there at that time.

Posted August 11, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

"even VDOT calls it a tunnel" LOL, well if the government says so it must be true.

Posted August 11, 2018, by Dan (schleusenmeister [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Puerto Suello Tunnel is in use as of August 2018. SMART commuter trains have been using it since August 2017 to reach their (for now) southernmost station at San Rafael. I don't know if NWP freight trains use the tunnel.

Posted August 11, 2018, by Anonymous

Funny, because even VADOT calls it a tunnel

Posted August 11, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Details on the move and the 2015 fire here: A true success story that will surely garner more awards. The rise of the Full Throttle Saloon Bridges from the ashes of the 2015 fire: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/ful...

Posted August 11, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Details on the move and the 2015 fire here: A true success story that will surely garner more awards. The rise of the Full Throttle Saloon Bridges from the ashes of the 2015 fire: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/ful...

Posted August 11, 2018, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is not a tunnel

Posted August 11, 2018, by Don Morrison

Yes that stone structure in street view is pretty neat.

My guess is that it allows the old canal to pass over Brandy Brook like a very short aquaduct.

A similar structure exists at 43.133835, -75.673702 where another small stream passes under the canal.

Those structures probably date to the construction of the canal. Looks like an interesting area to visit.

Posted August 10, 2018, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I didn't see it here. According to Sulzer's "Ghost Railroads of Indiana", there was a "general track elevation" between Indianapolis and Richmond during 1909-1910. There's a map of the original track layout on page 87.

It would be an interesting area to explore -- there are the remains of a few more overpasses in the Cambridge City area that aren't documented here, but were likely girders set on concrete abutments, which are still extent, with the fill removed.

Posted August 10, 2018, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Jeff,the bridge you mentioned isn't listed on Bridgehunters and it is a part of this trail as you can see on satellite.

Posted August 10, 2018, by Luke

Based on this aerial image from 1963, it was usable up until 1965.

Posted August 10, 2018, by Nancy R Andresen (NRANDRESEN [at] msn [dot] com)

Was the bridge usabable until 1965 or was part of it washed out about 1947 and the remains destroyed in 1965?

Is it possible to find the location now?

Posted August 10, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is in Henry County, IN... Not Wayne County

Posted August 10, 2018, by Ron Johnson (mfpd24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The LaSalle News Tribune has an article today that says the southern 2 spans will be imploded this Tuesday, 8/14/18.

Posted August 10, 2018, by Jeff Wieland

If you swing the street view over to the right, you'll see another abandoned bridge, over County Rd 650 W.

Leesport Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted August 10, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I see Google must be doing new maps because I just looked on Google satellite while looking at a business site near this bridge and I see this bridge is removed.I will post anything I receive newswise about this bridge when I get it.

Posted August 9, 2018, by Anonymous

I recall seeing a photograph of this bridge with its original concrete balustrade railings. The bridge looked beautiful with its original railings. With a nice restoration job, it could look beautiful again.

Posted August 9, 2018, by Anonymous

Nice Find Matt!

Posted August 9, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I wish I were closer to here--there is what appears to be a very old Pratt truss footbridge over the canal about a half-mile north of this location. Lat/Long coords:

43.134748° -75.674952°

Canal St. streetview shows a good view of the east end.

Posted August 9, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Don, Street view I added panned left Shows interesting Masonry Arch Culvert that could be canal era. Realize NBI pins to be off, some by continents but found it interesting pin was RIGHT on it. Does appear to be what could be the stringer in question on canal Street/and or rt46. Site visit will clarify. Ill add to list! So many bridges so little time

Posted August 9, 2018, by Don Morrison

I'm nowhere near there, but older NBI entries for the same bridge say "Old route 46", which was apparently Main Street.

I'm thinking the bridge near the intersection of Canal Street and Main Street may be the one you are looking for.

Posted August 8, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

added from NBI,any one near here to check out? Sat views don't agree with NBI description.

Posted August 8, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Mike looks like you click ed twice on add. Delete this one Ill add NBI data to other.

Posted August 8, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one has been replaced

Posted August 8, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In 1918, this bridge was listed as a pile trestle. This would seem to indicate that these spans were relocated to this location, probably from two different locations. Further research will be conducted.

Posted August 8, 2018, by Darryl Hill (dehill22 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took this video on July 22, 2018 of this bridge.

I put history about the bridge in the video.

https://youtu.be/jfec4FSnbmk

Posted August 8, 2018, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's right - "twi-ken-ham." And they did replace the railings in the renovation with ones that are more sympathetic to the design!

Posted August 8, 2018, by Anonymous

I think the bridge and tunnel should be two separate entries.

Fruitvale Railroad Bridge, Oakland, CA
Posted August 8, 2018, by Damon W Wallace (dwade51076 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your patrons might be interested in knowing that Solano County is currently looking into purchasing and relocating the Oakland Fruitvale vertical lift railroad bridge. THIS MAY be your last opportunity to view the bridge in its original setting

Posted August 8, 2018, by William Bohannon (bbfudpucker [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When I was going to college at ASU in Jonesboro, and going home to Searcy, ever so often I'd take US 64. More than once, I got stuck on this bridge with farm equipment coming towards me. Driving in reverse off this bridge wasn't a lot of fun.

Posted August 7, 2018, by David Kinser (dkinser1958 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was never NC&STL railroad

Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It says its the Henry Bridge but this video is actually of the Spring Valley deck demolition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30fZ5jja0rM

This bridge's full demolition is imminent.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Creation of the Gardens began in 1956.

Posted August 7, 2018, by GS

That is correct. The city of Streator is mostly located in La Salle County with a small section of it on the south end of town being in Livingston County.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Robby Fisher (Hettymay50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Brian i can tell you that the bridge in NC is not the old Fulton Street Bridge I was 9 years old when they they demolished it they used the parts from the bridge to replace parts to similar bridges in south Louisiana

Posted August 7, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Found a group of photos I forgot to post with visit - Feb., 2018. Old beauty, still open then.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Kyle Jarvis (kylejamesjarvis [at] mail [dot] com)

I doubt the 1939 build date for this bridge. There are no dates on the bridge, and 1939 would mean that this bridge was built after the Upper West Branch bridge on highway 57, which is a much more modern design. The style of this bridge, along with it's low 12"1' clearance and very light weight rating, combined with the 1925 date for the construction of the Dickensheet Bridge up stream, both of which are part of the old road from Priest River, ID to Coolin on Priest Lake, would lead me to think this bridge was built probably in the mid 1920's.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Luke

Based on the 70s/80s GIS views, my I agree that the bridge was relocated here in the late 70s/early 80s

70s GIS: http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?zoom=1&x0=439722&y0=...

80s GIS: http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?zoom=1&x0=439722&y0=...

Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge's on-deck beauty has been RUINED by the addition of a hideous cyclone fence that even blocks the beautiful concrete benches that people could once sit on. The fence is NOT just on top of the railing, it extends in front of the railing down to the sidewalk. This cheap budget-style cyclone fence makes this bridge look like it belongs in an derelict industrial area of Detroit not in a nice city like Portland. If they wanted a suicide barrier or something they should have chosen something that doesn't look like garbage.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Special thanks to Reann Poray of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library for the access to the wonderful photos of the bridges in and around Plainfield!

Posted August 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The "What's Here" button in the edit mode shows this location as completely in LaSalle County.

Posted August 7, 2018, by Don Morrison

https://www.facebook.com/142632192450277/posts/1811558918890...

A Full Throttle Saloon Facebook video posted on August 1 shows the bridges. The Pratt is being placed on supports by two cranes at approximately 12:45 in the video. No deck so far, but it's nice to see that they're still preserving those bridges.

Alas, I'm not into the whole motorcycle thing, but hopefully someone out there gets some good pictures for Bridgehunter.

Posted August 6, 2018, by GS

The bridge is in the right location but the location is in La Salle County, not Livingston County.

This truss bridge was replaced ca 1910. The replacement bridge has since been rehabbed with a new superstructure and abutments but the piers are original to the ca 1910 construction.

The current bridge is listed on this site as Bridge Street, IL Rt 18 Eastbound, Streator, La Salle County, IL. It crosses the Vermilion River on the west side of the city.

Posted August 6, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

KDOT has past county maps online. The 1987 map shows the road crossing the river, in 1998 the symbol for a gate is on either side of the river, and 2010 shows a gate on the west side and the road ends short of the river on the east.

Posted August 6, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is open, at least since Tom Hoffman, stated February 2018. Looking Good!!

Posted August 6, 2018, by Debbie Geiger (djgeiger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was researching this bridge because in 2010, I was following my AAA TripTik to take us from Independence, KS to Mansfield, MO. It took me down 3800 to a road closed sign!

I'm still wondering how AAA got it wrong!

Interesting that I can't find when the bridge disappeared.

Lake Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted August 6, 2018, by Joyce Dinello (joyced62 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was demolished on 8/5/18.

Posted August 6, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Thank you for your work

Posted August 5, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Looks like this one replaced via sat. images

Posted August 5, 2018, by Rene Gomez (rangerfan62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hello.

I am the guy who assisted in getting the Newcastle Bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Posted August 5, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Current satellite imagery as of 7/18 and shadows cast in those images sure make that look like the case, Robert, agree

Posted August 5, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one has been replaced

Posted August 5, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

From what I've been able to Google, the bridge removal was complete by early May. Plans for replacement are currently uncertain - apparently replacement was to be underway by now, but those plans have been put on hold.

Article with info and (albeit low-quality) picture of the site post-removal: https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2018/may/14/old-bridge-on-c...

Oh and here's something really nifty. Apparently someone thought to post a sped-up video clip of the bridge being lifted off the crossing intact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQV_8zNjpeQ

However - whether it's since been disassembled or still remains intact somewhere, I do not know.

Posted August 4, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I don't have exact information, only my memory from living in this area on and off. The 1935 USGS topo gives a good picture of the area as I first remember it 20 years later.

Between Grandview and the yard east of Dodson where it intersected the MoPac there were two stations, Jeffreys (west of Hickman Mills) then Holmes Park. The valley leading from Grandview (1070') down to the Blue River (750') carried this rail and US 71. US 71 crossed under the rail just north of 103rd Street.

In the '60s US 71 was made limited access from 95th Street south past Grandview. I-435 crossed 95th about a mile east of 71 and curved west toward Kansas, crossing 71 between Holmes Park and Jefferys where 435 and a realigned 71 both crossed the Frisco on bridges. Old 71 from 95th to Blue Ridge became known as Hickman Mills Drive.

So, the rail was open circa 1970 with occasional short trains seen parallel to 71 between 95th and 87th. The north side of Grandview had a couple of light industries along the rail and it's possible the quarry along the track north of 95th used it.

Starting in the early '80s I-470 was built east from the 435/71 junction. The junction, which had been congested before, became a true mess. In the early '90s a series of changes and additions were made to the main roads and some of the lesser roads were significantly realigned and portions eliminated. It was around this time that they no longer bridged over the rail. Holmes Park was completely erased. In 1992 the Blue River bridges were replaced and the rail bridge was probably removed at that time. The latest round of construction improved the geometry of the Interstate junction and wiped out the remaining evidence of Jefferys.

TMI I suppose, but lacking official records (which certainly exist in the form of the county highway maps) you'll have to figure the rail was in limited use from Grandview to Melville in 1970 and abandoned by 1985. I hope this helps answer your question.

I'll probably condense, delete, or move this at some future time since it doesn't have much to do with this particular bridge page.


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