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For what it's worth, here is another article:
Work on covered bridge expected to start in March
Span from Shelby Co. to be rebuilt on Beanblossom Creek
Tuesday, February 18, 2018
by Ernest Rollins firstname.lastname@example.org
Work on giving Monroe County a wooden covered bridge once more is expected to start in early March.
Trees and brush need to be cleared in order for the Cedsr Ford Bridge to go up in northern Monroe County. It will span Beanblossom Creek in Washington Twosnhip and connect North and Old Maple Grove roads.
It will be the only covered brodge in the county, which once had as many as 14 but has been without any for four decades. It will be a newly constructed bridge, but will use old timber from another Indiana span.
The Cedar Ford Bridge was originally constructed by the Kennedy Brothers in Shelby County in 1885. It was dismantled and the parts were relocated to Monroe County in 1975. It is a single-span bridge, 127 feet long and 15 feet, 4 inches wide. While some of the parts rotted or rusted to a point that they couldn't be used, the goal is to recreate that bridge, combining old and new materials as needed. It will be built as close as possible to where Monroe County's last remaining covered bridge stood before being destroyed in a 1976 fire.
The Cedar Ford Bridge project will also include the realignment of approximately 1,4000 feet of roadway.
Bloomington-based CLR Construction is the prime contractor on the estimated $1.58 million project. The Bloomington office of VS Engineering Inc. designed the project.
Federal funds will pay for 80 percent of the project costs, with Monroe County to contribute the remaining 20 percent. Funding for the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program will help pay for the county's share of the cost.
Multiple articles and a trade journal confirm the bridge was the western span of the US51 Kaskaskia River Bridge at Vandalia. According to the trade journal "The Builder", the spans were delivered to Libertyville in 5 truckloads and saved the city $40,000+ (Adjusted for inflation, that would be appx $328,698.67+ now.)
It also appears that there's an extant builder plate on the bridge.
Nice letter to the editor in today's Chicago Tribune from a local resident who's sorry to see it go. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-libert...
Photos of the bridge in the print edition of the paper.
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Here are two shots of the Emory River Bridge that were taken on my return from Spring City during the August 2017 solar eclipse. The first image is taken from the parallel N. Roane St. bridge. The second image was taken from the lumber company parking lot on the north side of the bridge.
Here is a long-exposure shot of the BNSF Rock River Bridge from November 2015.
Here is a shot of Media Trestle in June 2017. At this time, the replacement pillars were just about complete. As of February 2018, it is said the replacement bridge is largely complete, but the railroad is just waiting for better weather (and lower rail traffic) for the cutover. Late March 2018 is considered the target time.
The photo is of the Hardware river bridge at Route 6, that was replaced a few years ago by a more modern bridge.
Here is a link to 17 images of the old Oak Street Bridge in its last few days prior to removal, with some from it's final night. By this time, the road was closed to traffic, the pedestrian walkway had been removed, and brush along the tracks had been removed for construction equipment. Rail traffic was stopped and the the bridge finally removed in the wee morning hours of August 25, 2015. In the removal process, it was being reported that the bridge deck itself was from an obsolete railroad turntable that was too small for the larger steam locomotives. The table would have then been split down the middle and widened to accommodate the roadbed. Since the railroad was owned by the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy at the time the bridge was constructed, it is very likely it came from a CB&Q roundhouse. Given how frugal railroads always tended to be, this theory is highly plausible. I did not see any more evidence to confirm this, however, as all talk of the old bridge pretty much ceased once it was removed.
As of Fall 2017, work has begun to replace this bridge. The new bridge looks like it will be built between the ROW for the original Utica Bridge and the current Utica Bridge. The current bridge is just not wide enough to handle the current traffic flow to and from Starved Rock, especially in the summer months. It is unclear at this time if this bridge will be replaced in its entirety, or if it will be joined by a second bridge to handle the increased traffic. My guess would be the former, given how previous Illinois River truss bridges have been replaced with concrete bridges in Morris, Seneca, and Ottawa.
Here is a shot of the IR Fox River Bridge taken on November 30, 2017, with the Norfolk Southern 8114, the "Original Norfolk Southern" heritage unit, bringing up the markers on a loaded eastbound sand train.
Here is a shot of the with a Wedron-bound empty sand train being lead by Norfolk Southern 1070, the Wabash heritage unit.
Glad to help; I don't get around to photograph too many bridges anymore, as most in my area are well documented, but I like to help with the mapping and web research on some of the far away ones if I can.
Bridge deck was replaced, summer 2017.
I see the road deck is totally gone. What a waste.
..............please see comment from November 25th 2017..........
Welcome aboard, Amanda! It takes a while to get recognition on here sometimes.
I will not comment further. As I said, if the webmaster wants to remove my contributions, he can do so without contacting me. Otherwise, they will remain as is.
Both the state and the county are listed right beside the bridge's name in the site's search results.
If they're looking for the bridge in New York, they can clearly see which one is in New York, and so-on and so-forth.
Also the description section is a thing that exists.
People confuse things based on similar names, not based on location. Someone who doesnít study bridges wouldnít even care where the 3 Verrazano bridges are - they would just care about getting info about the correct one for traveling or a project or what not.
So no, I will not remove the ďessaysĒ. BTW they arenít really essays - itís just that the essay tool is the only tool available for this purpose. If Mr. Baughn the webmaster feels that they are inappropriate, he has my permission to remove them without contacting me, as long as he states that he did so. However, I will not revert my contributions.
Can you stop adding irrelevant essays that add nothing to the entries you add them to?
All of bridges you think people are going to confuse with another exist in different states altogether, which highlights the pointlessness of them.
Did this carry RR or Street?
Looking for images of Spaulding Bridge Muskogee Oklahoma Built by Vincennes Bridge round 1910
Pardon the dangling modifier in my previous comment.
Workinbridges is no longer involved in the Gasconade River project.
P.E. Lane built a few pony trusses in Coffey County. I would not rule them out as a potential builder of the smaller pony truss.
You might want to fix your site's code.
According to that catalogue, P.E. Lane built at least three bridges in Barton County with span lengths of 90, 100, and 120 feet. This might be the 120 foot span, if P.E. Lane rounded up a bit.
Love the pics of the Key System's Bay Bridge motors.
(For those who don't know, the lower level of the Bay Bridge was half road, half trolley until 1959.)
Pin is right on. Dan -bridge removed
Interesting situation. It appears the abutments must be leaning in causing the bottom chord to go into compression. On a two panel bridge like this, a truss analysis would show that the bottom chords carry zero load anyway. All of the "tension" load is carried by the truss end diagonals. You can also see the counter diagonal rod sagging from compression like the bottom chord.
My father designed the Vickers bridge in 1951 for Modjeski & Masters, Harrisburg, PA. It was his first design out of college. Attached is his original architects rendering for the presentation to West Virginia Department of Transportation. They were awarded the design contract and it was built in 1956.
This bridge has seen a major facelift that is not reflected in your indicators
Berlin Iron Bridge Lenticular, thanks for making the journey! Have found "Road" to be a relative term, cant make a silk purse out of a UCEB, and while it may LOOK like a duck some one on here will know different and PROVE it. Welcome aboard Amanda!
I've found that an ample amount of snow makes pictures even better. Just gotta have a good pair of boots!
Nathan has a link to a P.E. Lane catalogue. You can find it here:
Perhaps this explains all of the discount UGG Boots spam from years ago...
Municipalities rarely, if ever care about shoveling/plowing parkland.
Three or four _inches_? Grab your mukluks and trudge!
Do try to avoid injury, seriously.
The joys of winter Bridgehunting. Don't take the cheeky comments personally. We sometimes have a little fun on here. It takes our mind off all the demolitions and washouts going on across the country.
Unfortunately, from the highway it appears the south pony truss has collapsed. True shame.
Itís actually not that uncommon for the snow to continue into February. I just expected that the town would keep up with it and thatís why I didnít wait until spring to see the bridge.
In February ? EXTREMELY surprised!
The first image is not the Centre Bridge - rather it is the Upper Black Eddy Bridge. This image should be removed and moved to the correct page
Unfortunately it appears that all of the calls to save the Pond Eddy Bridge were missed by PennDOT, as was to be expected by this agency.
As of February 2018, the new modern truss bridge is about 3/4 completed, but the original structure has been closed to all traffic and the approaches are partially demolished. It appears that the center pier was damaged by either an ice dam and/or flooding in the Delaware River, and therefore it is possible that the structure is no longer safe to support traffic. A bailey truss structure is currently sitting on the bank next to the bridge so it appears that this may be erected as a temporary crossing for the 25-30 residents who depend on the bridge.
Do not try to visit this bridge during the winter months in New Hampshire, as you will find it inaccessible and closed off by snowdrifts. See my essay above.
Highly unfortunate and disappointing; never got to go see this one though it's close by. These small bridges could be moved and saved far more easily than most, but seems like unless there's a major concerted community effort, there's not even a snowball's chance in hell. Though complicated, I'm sure, in this case by having to also talk with CSX in getting it moved since it was over their line. Even though long abandoned I can't say I am surprised; these wood overpasses are being removed at a very rapid rate. This is sad, because I quite like them.
Bride is located in dudded impact area (old unexploded bombs, ammo, etc).
thanks Clark, makes way more sense for the existence of this bridge - camped in park that night, woke to several truckloads of hunters and their dogs out early for uuh...whatever hunting season this is, not a hunter...
yes, bottom chord not only not under tension, but drooping pretty drastically on both sides, the drive over to do a U-turn and drive back over again were a bit of a life-gamble....not sure how many more drive-overs this thing has left in it
the covered bridge no longer exist it is a steel bridge just like the ones in the other two pics !
Railroads are (justifiably) merciless about removing potential obstructions to track. I hope someone kept the pieces for reuse.
This definitely seems like a positive change that could save a lot of historic bridges as some of the ones previously branded as SD/FO are now Fair. Might this have the opposite effect on UCEBs? I'm thinking that they could slip down the scale more quickly since they usually need repaired or replaced more frequently. It would be nice if this helped to sway the general public opinion to favor historic bridges instead of relying on the cheap and ever-present UCEBs.
Road was there on the 1979 map but lake was not.
Thanks for sharing Dan! I set pin at possible bridge location if incorrect post here and someone will adjust. Thanks again
Unusual to place a pony on laced columns. I wonder what the connection is like.
The lower chord seems not to be under tension. I wonder how much everything shifts when under load.
I have this picture of Blue Rd. Bridge, The only picture I have seen of it.My father in picture abt1967.
Project Report Here: MoDOT inspection report from 2015 included with evidence of spalling roadway with exposed rebar, lead paint, section loss in the stringers and trusses. It's a big bridge and an expensive fix.
Found the location with Tony Dillon's help. My uncle, who has passed, never documented his pictures. The locals I have spoken to verify it is the bridge.
Sadly enough, this bridge has been completely demolished. Another beautiful piece of history gone, but never forgotten.
Those bizarre features you have discovered are known as laced top chords and laced bottom chords. These are extremely rare features today.
Some bridges have laced endposts as well. This bridge has laced endposts a lace top cord and a laced bottom cord. As far as lacing is concerned it hits the trifecta. That makes this bridge very unusual.
remnants of this removed bridge sitting in ice today.....bet it was cool back when
also, not sure I've seen that laced "running board" and top horizontal before....this one seems unique
this is one wanky, dilapidated old beat-up bedstead-type, basically at the end of a dead-end road before it turns to private property, I imagine it is rarely used at all anymore, I took a short video clip jumping up and down on the deck and gently pushing on the iron, I had to stop it was shaking so badly - would have to say on the new scale, this one would definitely qualify with a "poor" rating
very easy access to this one
This one perfectly camouflaged in the Fall forest, neat old P.E. Lane, deck has not been removed, but rotting and crumbling, both plaques gone, would love to see one turn up in a local historical museum or something - a pleasure to be in this one's presence, very happy it's still extant
Great old bedstead, pretty solid, one of the few I've run into that I couldn't vibrate at all with a good push, fun homemade sign by a local bridge-appreciator
This one is great, incredible abutments, love the old Brock Bridge signs also
Love to know the back story on this old thing....couldnt have been built just for the little loop in this county park? Guessing it pre-dates and was on an alignment of some extinct county road....
Title and location based on text on card. Could it be an early image one of the other cast iron Corwin Pratt Ponys still in existence?
Most Welcome and Kudos to Don Morrison, think he nailed it.
Thanks! Its been a while since I've spent time researching old bridges. I've been re-inspired by your finds so, I spent a rainy afternoon having fun. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for the research! I'll move the marker.
Regards to both,
It's right here: https://bridgehunter.com/ca/mendocino/100136/
some countries different! Might need to know soon
Why is it that the web page does not show the landmark Albion River Bridge in Albion, CA as one of the historic and notable bridges of the U.S.? Thanks, Annemarie Weibel
Thanks for the new photos. This bridge is obviously in rough condition.
In 2016 there were a couple of major floods on the Whitewater River. This creek, whatever you want to call it, is one of the tributaries of the Whitewater. I would not be surprised if it has seen some bad flooding in the last couple years.
The creek has many fallen limbs and a tree trunk caught on the east side of the arch bridge as of 17 Feb 2018. I photographed it today.
Looks like an old Pratt truss to me. It is fairly lightweight for a railroad bridge from what I can tell.
By popular demand, I've added more NBI data for the listings shown here.
I'm also renaming Uglybridges.com to BridgeReports.com to head off the complaints about whether a bridge is "ugly" or not. At some point, though, I might end up re-launching Uglybridges.com as a gallery of the most hideous UCEBs.
Google doesn't give the best view of this structure on bridgehunter, but it does appear to be a very old Pratt Through Truss. Thoughts?
I was very surprised to find this. Iíve been going through old track charts, and Iíve been surprised at the number of truss bridges that are gone. Iíve counted at least two dozen trusses that have been replaced or demolished.
Many in the southeast corner of Nebraska were removed or replaced in the last 20 years. Iím surprised several didnít survive, as they would have in other states. In terms of railroad bridges, I think Nebraska could have been really underrated but a massive loss of trusses means I can cover pretty much the entire eastern half in two days. In addition, many of the railroad trusses left are 20th century structures.
I would actually consider South Dakota to be more underrated, at least in terms of railroad bridges. Dozens of historic quadrangular trusses relocated and dating to the 1880s, and many other large scale and historic trusses.
I, as well as many of you, have been surprised and dismayed by seeing our photos appear on other websites. I have also wondered about the correctness of posting historical photos and post cards on BridgeHunter as pertains to copyright law. I came across a web page which clarifies these issues. For example, the date 1923 has been used as the start of copyright protection. There is a second criteria that must be met as well--it has to have been publicly published by the copyright owner as well, which puts it in the public domain. Presumably posting on the internet is publishing? I don't know. What are your thoughts?
Great find! I have often believed that Nebraska just might be the most underrated state when it comes to Historic Bridges.
There are some great bridges in Nebraska but most of us don't seem to have been able to get there to get photographs.
Just found this structure. Looks like it is possibly privately owned. Appears to be a beautiful old Pratt Through Truss.
What a Marvelous Bridge to by pass in place. Canoe put in and tourist destination! Such history.
Some or all of these photos appear to be from the Neosho Rapids bridge just to its east (http://bridgehunter.com/ks/lyon/bh36250/). This bridge does not have the approaches that many photos show.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is considering demolishing and replacing this bridge, according to an article in The Herald-Mail, Feb. 13, 2018.
You've gotten the bricked-up CNW tunnel confused with the still in use MILW tunnel: https://bridgehunter.com/wi/monroe/bh54347/
Wow, we miss you Ron Barnes! I just stumbled across this, saw your name. It's a shame that when you are were around I didn't know you were into trains also and possibly abandoned infrastructure also. If anyone else that knows me or (the now deceased) Ronald, and/or simply wants to walk the entire former Waterberry Meriden Connecticut River Line in an upcoming summer, HMU at my first & last name no spaces at cox.net . I'll fly out from San Diego as I do many late summers. Ciao
cp Railway is currently looking at putting in a cellular repeater in the tunnel. I don't know of any collapse or that it was ever bricked but it is in use.
Thank you so much. This is a great website. Very very helpful when trying to help out our school bus drivers with locations they've never been to. Much appreciated.
Only if they require federal permit (Army Corps for example) or are federally funded (very rare that taxpayer dollars fund private for-profit corporations, but this DOES happen sometimes). Many railroad bridges avoid Section 106.
Demolition should be nearly complete by now, was half removed back in November when I last went by - over the new bridge, for the first time. Was always a bit of a fun adventure to cross this one going to the mountains, and very frustrated it wasn't preserved as a walking bridge (there was quite a bit of support and a plan in the making) because of eleventh hour nonsense thrown in about its stability in case of a _10,000_ year flood. A small part might go toward building a bridge in a city park, but we'll see.
If the bridges are NRHP eligible, would that trigger Section 106 and subject the bridge to KSHS review?
Reading about these bridges, they are eligible for NR listings in Kansas due to the truss design. Thereís only a handful of railroad trusses left in the state (okay, a decent amount), but relocating or reusing even a few of these would be a major win. Fortunately, if nobody wants these, there are still a number of identical spans in the area that would give more of a chance to market the spans.