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Considering there are several lattice girders scattered across Puerto Rico that were constructed by Eugene Rollin & Co., also of Braine-le-Comte, Belgium, I'd say that furthers my suspicions.
I would have to do a little more research, but off the top of my head, I can add to the conversation that Pont Turcot in Quebec http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=qu... was built by a Belgium company: Société Anonyme Internationale de Construction et d'Entreprises de Travaux Publics of Braine-le-Comte, Belgium. The company name translates via Google to "Anonymous Society International Building and Construction Companies" but somewhere I figured out a more accurate translation would be "International Engineering and Construction Company Limited." Given the name of the company I suspect they may have done business in other places too, perhaps here.
100% agree! My kids, who don't even give a crap about bridges, loved it!
I finally found a bit of info on Spanish Wikipedia that gives us a lead on who built the bridge, stating that construction work was subcontracted to the "Société d'Entreprises et des Constructions des Colonies Espagnoles"
And from there on, everything is in French, and my French is even more rudimentary than my Spanish is...
Then there's this Google Books lead that mentions that Belgian bridges could be had for 2/3rds the cost of an American span, which leads me to believe the French subcontractor was ordering Belgian bridges, probably from the same manufacturer that constructed all of the extant Lattice Girders.
Anyone have any insight? I know Nathan and Jason have done more work in Europe than anyone else.
Spanish Wikipedia link: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https%3...
Google Books link: https://books.google.com/books?id=Y-RsAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA393&dq=P...
James, I have wanted to thank you for re-posting the swing bridge photos
Sad news, one span was lost to Hurricane Maria:
I had the pleasure of crossing this bridge yesterday. Worth the $1 you have to pay the toll troll.
The bridge is 1 lane but there wasn't much traffic so we did not have to wait.
One of the best bridges I've ever crossed. 9/10 would recommend to a friend.
This bridge has been in the news lately. I will try to attach some links when I'm on the computer. I'm having a little trouble attaching links from my smartphone tonight.
There has been a large Log Jam getting wedged against this bridge. There is always a danger that this could be used as a reason to demolish the bridge. That is exactly what happened with a Stone Arch Bridge in Chase County.
There is now a move under way to try to get this bridge listed in the National register of historic places. From what I understand, the County Commissioners are opposed to having the bridge listed.
Here's a rarity: Pin-connected truss built in the 1940s
I notice that the descriptions listed this as a "Steel Stringer" bridge. It was actually a wooden trestle. It replaced the original red bridge when the SVRwy laid heavier rails in order to run larger locomotives, such as their Mikados and the former Uintah mallets.
This bridge was constructed by Ing. Robert R. Prann,
the same that built the San Antonio Bridge i San juan
Is this possibly an old railroad bridge the company bought and reused?
Correction: I wasn't paying enough attention. Red Bridge 2 is what I had referred to as the Heavy Duty trestle. Sorry about that, chief!
Actually, the location shown is in error. Boulder Gorge, and the site of the Red Bridge 1, Red Bridge 2 and the heavy duty trestle that replaced the 2nd red bridge was several miles east of Philips Lake, and is not under water. Highway 7 still passes through the site. When I first visited the bridge site in 1977, It was easy to compare the rocks alongside the highway to the railroad photos and see that it was the same site. When they turned the county road into Highway 7 they widened the road to add shoulders and widen the lanes a little, and in doing so the rocks were cut back, so it is not quite as recognizable as it used to be. I could only find one of the concrete blocks that once supported the third bridge in the river. Attached is a Google satellite view with the actual location of Bolder Gorge and the bridge site marked.
Yep, looked like concrete until I got close and zoomed. They actually look like grey steel I-beams. "Concrete capped steel pilings".
I can confirm that the bridge rehabilitation contract has been awarded and that the pre-construction conference meeting has been scheduled. I suspect that construction activities will be starting shortly thereafter. The maintenance of traffic for Southbound US 41 during construction will likely be challenging for motorists; I hope that they will be patient, plan ahead, and give themselves extra travel time.
It's a common theme for Google Maps to mis-name streams when they get close to their confluences.
On the subject of the NBI, is anyone opposed to merging the 96 NBI data?
It seems fairly spot-on to me.
Whoops, didn’t even see that. The google street view must be old, as I thought the piles looked like concrete.
The vertical members are steel; they’re driven into the ground much the same as sheet piling; they’re simply referred to as driven piles. After they’re all driven, a concrete cap is installed on top for system unification and surface for attachments.
I’ve always heard it called concrete pile piers, so I would assume that would be the correct name, although I’m not absolutely sure.
Is their a name for this style of Pier? thanks
It looks like Google maps has misnamed this waterway.
USGS calls it Big Creek:
So this is probably the bridge Luke found in the 96 NBI.
Looking at Bing maps, it appears there are other former crossings on this stream, the bridges long gone, except for what appears to be a pipeline? bridge at 40.926256, -91.550704.
The 1996 NBI lists a closed bridge dating to 1903 over Big Creek:
Span length seems to match IMO.
interesting curved end railings on this TBEEM. Nice find James.
Seems to me that this bridge likely wasn’t originally built 1924. It looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s span to me. Without knowing much about the railroad, it appears to be possible that it was relocated to this site.
This one's for you, esp. those residing in Henry County. Can you help crack this case? The 97th mystery bridge takes us to Iowa, to Henry County, to a historic bridge over Skunk River that is unknown- no history, no record and no photos. Can you help solve this case? More here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/mys...
The Historic Bridge Foundation stated that the bridge came from County Road 469 over Cottonwood Creek in Hillsboro County. That might refer to this bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/tx/hill/91100AA0482001/
The Historic Bridge Foundation provided information indicating that this bridge was relocated to this location ca. 2005.
I was born and raised in this wonderful little town,. My father Bob Homan jumped off of this bridge when he and his brothers were young. It was a big part of my life! I cried along with my father when it was torn down . It was just a sign we were home when we drove across it!
This bridge is no more--replaced with a new one by Miami County.
I actually just found a Sanicula Springs bottle undamaged in my backyard. Dug it up accidentally.
Don't feel too bad, James. Because of the EU guidelines combined with new guidelines on privacy in the US, I'm not able to get access to most American news from over here in Europe and am therefore looking for some help for the Chronicles. Information on why this is going on can be found here:
EU and American social media guidelines hampering info traffic on the Chronicles. Read more on how you can help here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/con...
All I can say is so much for net neutrality. :-(
For now I simply renamed this bridge's builder from "West Penn Bridge Co" to "Penn Bridge Co." In reality I suspect there is some cleanup that needs to be done, as any bridge built before 1887 was technically part of a company formally organized as "Timothy B. White & Sons Company", often listed as "T. B. White and Sons of New Brighton, Pennsylvania", and often branded in literature and builder plaques as "Penn Bridge Works" with the company becoming "Penn Bridge Company in 1887. Yet just like King Iron Bridge Company and King Bridge Company, these are all the same people/company.
Hi, this bridge was renamed the 'Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge' in honor of World War II servicemen who fought in the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor on Saturday, December 7 2013. ref: https://patch.com/connecticut/simsbury/bataan-corregidor-bri...
I would love to photograph this bridge. Does anyone know who owns the land? Is it owned by the Indiana Railroad or is it private property? I'm having a lot of trouble finding information.
Thanks for checking it out. Some of those arches can be rough to get to because of traffic or size of ditches.
Nothing left to show that a bridge was once there. I do know that Bridge Street did have a Through Truss we used to take when I was in High School (late 70's).
I fixed the coordinates on this bridge. It was listed at same location of IN 142 Little Rock Creek.
I returned today and rechecked. It is no longer an arch. The road is very busy and there is not much of an angle to get a good picture so sorry about crappy photos. The 142 Kivett and 142 Little Rock Creek bridges are still arches.
Thanks Chester. I appreciate the help. Im thinking Watts Mill should be changed.
According to Victor Darnell in his book "A Directory of American Bridge Building Companies 1840-1900"--The Penn Bridge Company is the only listing for Beaver Falls, 1868-1901. Also listed is a Western Pennsylvania Bridge Works in Pittsburgh for the year 1888. Not much help there.
In preparation for tomorrow's Google Maps Day of Reckoning, I've removed the embedded Street View widgets from all pages. Links are still provided to access the Street View imagery on Google's site.
I actually looked this up on google,not wikipedia.
I was just reading the Sunday paper and this bridge was in the ripley's believe it or not section in the comics section describing the bridge.Even though it's a newer bridge it has a dragon sculpture between the inbound and outbound lanes and it shoots flames and sprays water.That is so cool from the video I saw.If you get a chance check it out.
What is the difference between West Penn Bridge Co. and Penn Bridge Co.? Both seem to call Beaver Falls their home? Evidently, I was told this, the Fallston Bridge and Watts Mill are West Penn Bridge Co. Wiley is called Penn Bridge.
Well, at least the good folks of Chelsea, Vermont have a bridge that is neither astoundingly beautiful or horribly ugly. It's a halfway decent-looking utility bridge that does its job.
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
Looks like the same bridge. Did you check to see if the arch was there?
There are no news articles or press releases; in my responsibilities as the Vincennes District Bridge Inspection Supervisor, I coordinate our inspection findings with the project managers who establish budget planning and proposed scopes of work. Contract plans and specs are done and this rehabilitation was already scheduled for letting earlier this year; contractors are likely working on their bid packages. This bridge is to get a new deck and heavily deteriorated steel components will get replaced in-kind.
Was able to get to the South side of the bridge and get some photos of the lift span and plaque. Couldn't get on the bridge so it's a cropped photo of the plaque.
Whoops, wrong bridge, non historic, not significant. COOL shot of deer in street view. Will delete...
NBI suggests this was likely abandoned circa 1962.
I was playing golf, yesterday, so I could only stop long enough for a quick snap with my phone, but you can see one of the support pillars, for the 601 bridge, in the foreground.
GREAT! Tell us about it!!! :-D Do you have an article?
When in railroad service, did this bridge have a solid floor or was the track timbers laid on the diagonal structural steel underneath?
$3.3 Million spent here instead of fixing the abysmal traffic flow between East Hooksett and the highway on-ramp. College Park Drive, Main Street, West River Road and Hackett Hill intersections could have all benefitted from $3.3 million in safety improvements.
This bridge is not scheduled to be dismantled. This bridge is scheduled for a comprehensive rehabilitation project.
To save a bridge in the location there has to be both political and grass roots support because these bridges are big projects that cost money.
If it stays where it is and only has grassroots support it has to have a revenue stream to support maintenance and liability insurance. Lead covered bridges are an expensive fix and something that if the feds are involved with they should pay for removal. It is in fact their choice and the lack of maintenance that left them in this shape. We will always avoid those if possible. Gasconade Bridge is that case where we thought the site (more than the bridges could offset that but 1.25 million just to get it clean of that lead and paint, before repairs is a big nut. You can't sell a restored bridge with lead paint on it and our gang can't work on that lead coated areas either. That kind of bridge however had potential as an attraction and the road so it had potential, but needed more than we have available. In reality 5 revenue streams are the better choice. Wellness, recreation, general store, the longest brewery in America, tolls if open for traffic, and business relationships with the locals.
If a bridges moves, the criteria are which ones work the best for size, use, and cachet.
And for us, at this point, working with political and funded bridges is key.
However we do believe there is an opportunity for a National Historic Truss Bridge Association that would pay an annual membership to help choose bridges that we can help. The math - 10,000 x 100 = 1,000,000 which goes a long way towards engineered plans, site visits that render numbers that go for decisions. We came up with that idea for Revive 66.
That would take a larger board of directors. In Pennsylvania, Wes Tate is starting the process to create a "board" to help with Craighead. If the folks that want to save Tanners Falls and Watts Mill. Those of you who are bridgehunters in Pennsylvania might want to join in on the grassroots. Craighead we own, we took no federal money and we are beginning the process to repair the beautiful stone approach with a master mason Andy at LimeWorksUS, to get the lead out and then get the crappy deck and roadway scrapped so that repair can begin to the lower cord.
Our nut is ever growing. To play with PennDot next year requires us to double our insurances to 160k. I don't know if we can get enough work, sell enough bridges to make that work, or continue the branding that brings awareness to keep this ball rolling.
We get up every day and keep trying. Be nice if some of you wanted to join the bigger effort, in every state there could be the HTBA, and the decisions become more local. give us a call if you want to participate.
The photo is my father and Nels, almost 9 years ago when we started the quest to save our bridge. We've learned by doing bits about engineering, bureaucracy, politics and the fact that these bridges are part of our history.
That's a very open ended question. I've been involved with a few rescues.
I'd say step 1. is, what is hoped for outcome:
- take it home,
- repurpose it for public use,
- convince others to spend their money to restore and maintain it for its original purpose.
Taking it home is nuts but fun.
Julie seems to have hit her stride on repurposing for public use. So, hopefully the answer for this one is: call Julie.
Keeping it at its original location for its original purpose seems to be the
biggest challenge. From my observation, getting locals on-board and organized with engineers and lawyers is key.
Hope this helps. Curious what others have to say.
Center post encased in concrete. Overall good shape except for the damn roadway...grated decking goes, stringers go .....
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The old Heron Street Swing Bridge was steel-built in 1905 and closed in the 1920s.
It was preceded by a wooden swing bridge that was somewhat similar in style. That bridge was built in 1890 and replaced in 1905.
They have done some work on this bridge since my last visit. They built up the south rail but left the north as was.
The 1996 FraserDesign Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory appears to be in error with respect to this bridge. The Gillis bridge built in 1908 was at Gillis Ford. That bridge replaced an earlier bridge at that location, built J. B. Clayville for $215 in 1896. Gillis ford is in the SW 1/4 Section 27, about 2.5 road miles SE of Shelbyville. The SW 1/4 of Sec 27 T58N R10W was owned by Mrs. W. D. Gillis in 1878 (Edwards Brothers 1878 Illustrated Atlas of Shelby County). This bridge is located closer to 5 road miles from Shelbyville in T57N R10W Sec 1-2. Newspaper accounts suggest that this bridge was built c. 1911-1912 following a petition to the county court in 1909 by the neighbors lead by neighboring landowner Charles F. Perrigo/Parigo (Hunnewell Graphic 12 Feb. 1909). January 1911 newspaper notices indicate that the county was willing to build a bridge at 'Graveyard ford' if the neighboring landowners would provide fill and haul it for free.
This location appears to have been known as both 'Baker ford' and 'Graveyard ford.' The land southeast of the ford was owned by J. R. Baker in 1878 and George E. Baker Jr. in 1902, thus accounting for the ‘Baker ford’ designation.
There is a small cemetery just south of the bridge on the east side of Black Creek that accounts for the references to this location as 'Graveyard ford'. That cemetery includes the marked grave of Thomas Jefferson Davis (d.1849) who was original owner of the 80 acres just north of the Bridge. The unmarked 1833 grave of Angus McDonald Holliday, the original owner of the land east of the bridge (SW 1/4 Sec 1) is also likely there, along with the grave of William T. Matson. Angus M. Holliday died in early June 1833 from cholera - contracted from his neighbor William T. Matson who had been in Palmyra when the 1833 epidemic broke out. Matson was returning to his nearby home on the west side of Black Creek from Palmyra but was unable to cross Black Creek at the ford due to high water. Matson stayed overnight with Holliday and died there the next morning. At Matson's burial, Angus Holliday fell ill with cholera and then he died the next day (History of Monroe and Shelby Counties, Missouri, 1884).
Guidance when bridge in peril. Ie what steps to take
Maybe when you get back from PA Julie?
Julie thanks! glad to see this may find a care taker.
I have placed a link to my FB Pic Album for the AO - West Fork River Tunnel which I explored on 2nd Jun 2018 below...
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There are more Tunnel and Bridges in my Pic Albums / Post, check it out and enjoy some of my adventures.
We got the call. Headed there today and a meeting tomorrow. So sure you can google Bach but getting these bridges thru bureaucracy has to happen before Nels and the Gang can work on them.
Found a cool story about this bridge. It's number 12 on the page.
LOL. I had forgotten about this one. Wonder if the deck is still holding up and the railings still attached. It's been three years.
Article about this bridge: Mystery Bridge Nr. 96 is also a bridge in need of help as it had been submerged before the lake receded. Can somebody help relocate and reused this rare kingpost truss bridge? Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/mys... Thanks! :-)
The design of the Fort Street Bridge was directed by the Okemos, MI office of Hardesty & Hanover.
A Scherzer type bascule is not at all uncommon for 2015. At least 5 have been completed since 2010.
Historic, considering it was bypassed in 1950
Flagged as a duplicate
Might be more effective to actually say it is a duplicate of
Traffic listed at 490? Per year when it was open maybe.
I was told the same thing when I arrived a couple of months ago to extensively photograph the two spans over the Tugaloo, and also the Cobb over the Chauga. I had heard from fishermen that day that the middle span was indeed taken apart and reassembled as the Cobb Bridge. I also noticed the same configurations as you did Matthew, on the portal bracing and the internal sway's, and I closely examined the steel and measurements from both bridges. While there are some similarities, the problem for me is, the dates don't match up.. the nearby U.S. 123 bridge that replaced this one opened in 1962 and these 3 trusses were in operation up to that point. But the Cobb Bridge's information shows that it was built in 1940. Cobb might have been strengthened later with steel from the middle bridge from here (which I kind of doubt), but it could not have been the same exact bridge Camelback.
I see that the pompous essay was removed.
Summary of the restoration including much of the press release you can read here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/for... a real success story indeed! :-)
Absolutely no value other than getting across the stream. Just wanted to jump in before the entire page is deleted, hopefully.
How does one make the new pictures be the first picture? No need to keep the old location ones here now.
Here is video of the lift. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdBYUPfEJAc&t=54s
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Where is the Section 106 documentation as required by federal law indicating that all feasible and prudent alternatives to adverse effect have been considered? To my knowledge this has not been completed. Thus the below referenced clarification article is important... all these efforts as near as I understand are meaningless under the law.
Perhaps this one could be deleted entirely:
Stopped by to visit the bridge on a weekend trip through Kansas. Sad that it's still closed, but happy that it's not demolished! My poor little Nissan barely made it down those dusty roads.
I noticed lots of garbage littering the Suwannee River near the Drew Bridge page.
We had our fun, and now I went back and cleaned up trash I had left behind since the sillyness began with the posts of May 18th. It's obvious that there was no flood damage.
I suggest that others who agree do the same. Most of the posts on that page this year could best be described as frivolous. Some were informational, but were prompted by false info and arguments.
Keep our bridge pages clean and free of misinformation!
Oops! I was unable to delete a couple I sent from mobile when not signed in. If everyone agrees, maybe we could ask James to do the cleanup?
My proposal for renaming the new bridge: http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/20...
Clarification on recent Greenfield Recorder article. http://www.recorder.com/Letter-to-the-Editor-Clarifying-brid...
Replacement span design chosen. A modern arch bridge. http://www.recorder.com/Schell-Bridge-design-decision-175034...
Update from my earlier post on the NHDOT. Strange but the NHDOT has proposed saving three metal bridges late in the day. The first is the General Sullivan's central span on NH's SeaCoast. This was met with fierce opposition from both the conservative state newspaper and the liberal seacoast newspapers. The other two bridges connect Hinsdale, NH and Brattleboro, Vt which the NHDOT proposed to become access to Island Park once a large span opens up downstream. Here locals from Hinsdale are opposing keeping the two although the local newspapers seem to have ignored the issue editorially.
NBI doesn't go back that far, need someone with PENNDOT research capabilities. Anyone?
You are correct,Dana and Kay.According to my fiancee who was born and raised here near where the bridge is located told me that this bridge replaced the previous bridge.She didn't remember if the previous bridge was a truss or concrete bridge.Is there any way to find out about the previous bridge?
George looks like Bridge in Reading Eagle. Wonder if predecessor was Hurricane Agnes Casualty in '72.
I wish I was at the Mulysa Bridge today. It would be fitting after this crazy fun...
I just hope that the Mulysa Bridge does not collapse. It is way cool!
That is a most funny wikipedia page...
Okay, thanks for letting us know that they were tourists. I'm hoping that some of them got photos of the bridge while it was parked next to the Hal Adams Bridge. I would be interested in seeing some documentary photographs of the restoration.
I'm hoping maybe one of the photographs might have caught a company vehicle. That way if we know for example that Billy Bob's Bridge Restoration was involved then we would know that they were great contractor to be able to pull something like this off.