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Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Illinois Central Railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Hudson Railroad bridge drawing.

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Bridge comment
Posted August 19, 2013, by Anonymous

I would almost rather see spammy fake vigara comments. At least they don't require scrolling so far.

Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Houlihan Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Hojack Railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

James and I discussed this vertical detail and its not like anything either of us has seen before.

Posted August 18, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The vertical member in photo 8 has been built up in an unusual way. Anyone know of others like it?

Posted August 18, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Dylan,

The county actually owns it. The historical museum likes to take kids out there on field trips. I was planning on packing through some woods this winter to get back to it, but apparently there is a good enough foot trail heading back. Good remains here! :)

Posted August 18, 2013, by Trinity Neeley (trisune [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sadly, this bridge has been replaced with a new one:(

Posted August 18, 2013, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Excellent find young man! I wanted to head out there someday myself and see what was left, but you beat me to it.

Posted August 18, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The entire Hoover Trail is snowmobile (As well as equestrian) friendly

Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Hoffman Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Grayville Railroad bridge drawing.

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Gianella Bridge (California)
Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

This an old bridge.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Georgiana Slough bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Gasconade Railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Garland City railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Dillard Memorial bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Harmar Railroad bridge in Ohio.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Hackensack River railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Missouri Pacific railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 18, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sweet! Thanks Jodi! Lots of photos... Photos of some of the construction details... Captions and descriptions on some of the photos...

Nice! Thanks for sharing. *grin*

The floor beam to lower chord joints are rather unusual in that it uses four straight bolts. (photo 263497, taken from underneath, the one before "Under Decking")

It is a sharp skew, too. Looks to me like it's more than 45 degrees - maybe as much as 60 degrees.

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I'm so Against them even Planning on Replacing this bridge anytime soon

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I'm so Against them even Planning on Replacing this bridge anytime soon

Posted August 18, 2013, by Anonymous

Once again Save This Bridge Please

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

The only other thing it needs other then some repairs is a paint job

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

This Bridge looks in much too good of shape to be Replaced and torn down.

Posted August 18, 2013, by Anonymous

I'm So Against them Replacing this Bridge anywhere Near that soon!

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

No Replacement until 2030!

Posted August 18, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Save This Bridge Please!

Posted August 18, 2013, by David French (frenchdzyn [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed for reconstruction.

Scheduled to reopen end of 2016!

Posted August 18, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The old RoW continues south to 78 where street view shows a stop sign. My guess is the trail is used for snowmobiles at minimum. The sign may indicate minimum maintenance county use.

Posted August 17, 2013, by Anonymous

This bridge has been replaced

Quadruple intersection Warren truss bridge
Posted August 17, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)
Posted August 17, 2013, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Wow, that is a dramatic collapse photo! Very nice archival shot, sad though.

Posted August 17, 2013, by Anonymous

Collapsed June 21, 1973

B/W Photograph from The Springfield Sun, Springfield, Ky. Laughlin Collection. All Rights Reserved.

Color: Dr, Fred Coy Photograph. Laughlin Collection. All Rights Reserved.

https://www.facebook.com/Kentuckys.Covered.Bridges.Bakers.Dozen

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Douglas
Posted August 17, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

You were asked with reason and decency...

Why is that not enough?

Bridge Category Descriptions
Posted August 17, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks fmiser for that work. I will review more carefuly.

Bridge category descriptions - continued
Posted August 17, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)
Bridge category descriptions - continued
Posted August 17, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/pennsylvania-truss/

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/baltimore-truss/

I can't seem to find info on Petit and why his name is connected with the Pennsylvania truss.

Bridge category descriptions
Posted August 16, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just added descriptions to a number of design categories. I'm not wanting to stir up controversy, but I do think peer review isn't a bad thing.

So, if any of you care enough about the definition or history to verify my additions...

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/pratt-truss/

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/parker-truss/

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/camelback-truss/

Ugh. I can't post more than three URLs. To be continued in the next post...

Posted August 16, 2013, by Carolyn Susor (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Geez! What happened to the river??

Re: Help describe type of bridge
Posted August 16, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Jodi, I almost lost your post in amongst the technical drawings.

> Is this a Triple Intersecting Warren?

No, it is a quad-intersecting, or quadrangular. Often these are referred to as a "lattice" truss, but that's not very precise as the triple-intersecting is also called a lattice.

The way to figure it out is to follow one of the mid-span diagonals and count the opposing diagonals it crosses and add one. Zero = single, 1 = double, 2 = triple, 3 = quad.

Or, note how many warren truss patterns are overlaid. The bridge in this photo is kinda short for that method to be easy.

So - where is that bridge? *smiles*

Posted August 16, 2013, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

I don't think that this bridge needs replaced anywhere near that soon. This bridge still looks pretty good. It might need @ least some Repairs. I thing that they should push the scheduling for replacement to the spring or summer of 2030. Abera Cadabera Save this bridge please! They can start the replacement bridge in spring of 2030.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Fort Denaud Way bridge drawing.

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Help describe type of bridge
Posted August 16, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

Is this a Triple Intersecting Warren Through Truss bridge? Thanks in advance.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Flint River Railroad bridge drawing.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Swing span technical drawing.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

This bridge is replaced.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Eight Mile Road Bridge 2 drawing.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Eight Mile Road Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 16, 2013, by Douglas Butler

East Pearl River Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was hit by a tree and has been closed indefinitely. I consider this bridge to be of high significance given its length and the fact that it is likely pre-1900 and possibly built of wrought iron.

I do not know its current condition, but I really hope that it is not beyond repair.

http://www.emporiagazette.com/area_news/article_23a3c690-ff7...

Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Ebey Slough Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

East Haddam Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Dumbarton Railroad Bridge drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Stickel Memorial bridge drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Ninth Street bridge.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Norfolk Southern railroad lift bridge technical drawing.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

This makes me very sad. I remember a few years ago when I explored all the old alignments of US 50 and its predecessors across Indiana. I didn't know this bridge was there until I came upon it and it was one of those "oh wow!!!" moments I live for as a bridge lover.

Posted August 15, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Aieee! How did I miss this? I live nearby and I had no idea.

The Indiana historic bridges program can be subject to horse trading, by which I mean that a Select bridge can go through a process to be classified as Non-Select under some circumstances. I know of a Select bridge in Shelby Co. with a collapsed arch where this is being pursued. I don't know that this is what happened to this bridge here. But I do know that when counties agree to protect select bridges, they can bypass burdensome and expensive federal processes when they want to remove or replace non-select bridges. If Marion County demolished this bridge without first getting it reclassified as Non-Select, they lose the right to bypass those processes.

Posted August 15, 2013, by Douglas Butler

This bridge is 191 foot.

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Posted August 15, 2013, by DeserTBoB (desertbob426 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

American Bridge did a rather extensive rehab job on the old Kate back in 2000-2001, including flame shortening of various stretched chords and repair of damaged piers due to containers blown off of COFC cars account of high winds. After the rehab, it was obvious that old Kate would need even more work to fulfill UP's specs of having two loaded coal trains pass each other at track speed in mid span, something that old Kate hadn't been able to do for decades. So, UP opted for the concrete replacement. UP still owns Old Kate, and it was said that they were considering using it as an MOW road bridge.

Posted August 15, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Next time I am in Lake Lure, I will be sure to get newer pictures of the bridge showcasing the new flowers, etc.

Posted August 15, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The level C road is only somewhere north of 303rd Street north to 295th. This section of the road wasn't labeled level C. Looked as if the road was open to traffic from the south to 303rd Street.

Posted August 14, 2013, by DeserTBoB (desertbob426 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There was another bridge of the same basic design (Pratt deck) with multiple spans that carried CA-30 and 38 across the Santa Ana River, built in 1918 as was this one. The approaches to it were very basic ramps with very sharp transitions (none, actually) to the deck. It was condemned and replaced by Div. of Highways sometime in the early '70s, as I recall. It had the same "basket weave" strap iron guard fence, and a rather impressive dedication plate made of bronze on the south end. A shoofly through the riverbed served to carry traffic while the old bridge was demolished and a new concrete box member replacement built.

Posted August 14, 2013, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I thought the south bridge was the old one. Looks like they are both noteworthy.

Posted August 14, 2013, by DeserTBob (desertbob426 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This branch is still in service, although traffic has almost completely disappeared, thanks to deregulation of the trucking industry.

Posted August 14, 2013, by DeserTBoB (desertbob426 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wrong description. This was the SPRR main line from its opening in 1896 until the opening of the Montalvo Cutoff in 1904, at which time the Montalvo/Santa Paula/Fillmore/Piru/Newhall segment became a secondary main. It served the ag industry in the Santa Clara Valley until the '80, when SP started running off ag customers in droves. It was used up as a bypass until the wooden trestle adjoining this through truss washed out in the flood of '76, after which this bridge, the large wooden trestle near the trailer park and various small trestles and other 1890s through trusses were abandoned to Piru in 1986, and the track was used for storage of obsolete 40' boxcars which were eventually dumped into the Great Salt Lake to protect the 1959 causeway from rising lake levels. There are other bridges on this line, some still in service, that are the same age. Heavy freights (and Amtrak) used the line in the '70s before the washout as a bypass during the rehabilitation of the Santa Susana Tunnel, the most traffic the line had ever seen. I was on one of those bypasses, and between the 3% grade up from Piru eastboard, the creaking and groaning bridges (like this one) and the rickety 90 lb. rail, it was white knuckles all the way. This line was never THE Coast Line main for more than four years; the Santa Paula Line was finally completed in 1900, while the Montalvo Cutoff was built a scant four years later. Also, this bridge is still in service; it carries major water mains into the Santa Clarita Valley.

Posted August 14, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

County engineers can close roads by making them level c and giving the farmer access.

Posted August 14, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a tragic loss and does certainly show that Indiana's Historic Bridge program still needs some work to try and prevent this from happening. I realize that space is limited there, but this one should have been bypassed at the very least.

Posted August 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This 1899 Melan Arch, one of the oldest concrete bridges in the country, has been demolished. This bridge was a Select Bridge under the Indiana Historic Bridge Management Plan, however as the photos I added to the gallery indicate, this is not a rehabilitation project and this indicates that Indiana's Management Plan does not prevent the demolition of bridges labeled as Select. The planned incorporation of the decorative stone facing design into the replacement bridge does not qualify as rehabilitation, nor does it qualify as replication, since the new bridge will not feature Melan type reinforcing.

Posted August 14, 2013, by Wayne Woodruff (wayne [at] 2zars [dot] com)

August 2013, the bridge is closed (has been for a while now). It appears they are repairing the stone wall on the approach this time.

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Posted August 14, 2013, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bob: Thanks for your help on this. Didn't know what type it was. Looking for an older photograph that would show the whole complete bridge.

Posted August 13, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Guess what kind of temporary span was built while they rehabbed the BAILEY Island Bridge. See the street view (as of Aug 13) or the youtube video.

Posted August 13, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Moving forward with the restoration experts.

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Posted August 13, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So the Fire Chief says it's not possible now to use the bridge as part of the proposed trail system. It's an iron bridge and all that burned was the wooden deck... So put a new deck on it and use it!!!

If it is going to be subject to derelicts setting fire to the deck, then put a metal grate deck on it. Let's see em' try to burn that!

Posted August 13, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Tried to access this bridge from the north from 295th Street to Orange Ave. Orange avenue has a gate with a large No Trespassing Level C Limited Maintenance Road sign. I went around to the south end and there is a road closed sign but there is access. There were no Bridge Out Ahead, Bridge Closed, No Trespassing signs and nothing blocking the bridge from being driven on. did not drive over it anyways, but thought that was strange.

Posted August 13, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Warning to all who go back here....

Its a nice bridge, although the smell from the Tyson plant is strong enough to make someone puke

Posted August 13, 2013, by J. Denton

The truss bridge is being replaced and a new bridge is being built beside it.

Posted August 13, 2013, by Robert W. Scoggin (robert [dot] scoggin [at] arkansashighways [dot] com)

This is a Baltimore Through Truss. Very rare on highways and somewhat rare on railroads in Arkansas.

Bob

Posted August 13, 2013, by Anonymous

Phoenix column Whipple railroad truss. Walleye tournament in October 2012.

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Posted August 13, 2013, by Crystal

I have no idea how this project was funded, but I can provide additional details.

It was closed in August 2008. It remained closed for 2 years before they began demolishing/replacing it. Total closure about 2 years 9 months.

I was told that this bridge was closed due to heavy traffic. The problem was that the weight limits in place were being ignored and the excess weight was causing considerable damage. Each fall, farmers would take their loaded semi trucks full of grain over this bridge to the elevator. Replacing the deck in 2006 may have simply encouraged MORE of this traffic, and therefore, the rapid decline of the bridge.

Such a shame that people couldn't follow the posted 6 ton weight limit. If they had, this bridge would probably still be standing...

Posted August 13, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Moving forward with the restoration experts.

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Posted August 12, 2013, by Don Morrison

http://www.americanbridge.net/Experience/experience_detail.p...

This site states that the roadway is 30 ft above the water and 210 feet above the canyon floor.

So the water is 180 feet deep.

Posted August 12, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I wish I would have had my camera with me because I was there. Interestingly the through truss section is over the railroad and there is a deck truss section over the water.

Posted August 12, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)
HB Weekend in Iowa: a round of thanks!
Posted August 12, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

I would like to thank everybody for making the 5th annual HB Weekend a successful one! We had over 20 people participate during the whole weekend, which included bridgehunting, the presentations and tours, like the very last one we had today on Kate Shelley, her life and the bridge that was named after her. It was great to visit friends and make new ones, while learning a bit about Iowa's bridges regardless of where. Highlights of the event will follow via the Chronicles. Stay tuned.....

Posted August 12, 2013, by Cody (codylangjenkins [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

Was wondering if someone knows the height from upper deck,the railing down to water,or ruff draft figures.thanks.Cody

Posted August 12, 2013, by Garth Knight (Knightmare [at] prisonSA [dot] com)

Without a doubt, J. Randall Houp is a pompous ass.

Posted August 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Swing bridge is abandoned in the open position.

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Re: Spam!
Posted August 12, 2013, by Don Morrison

Do you have something without quite so much SpamŽ in it?

Spam!
Posted August 12, 2013, by Anonymous

The wise men of Monty Python have a song fitting for the occasion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

Posted August 12, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pictures of the Glendale Bridge in 2011.

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Posted August 12, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here are some pictures of the Campbell's Covered Bridge from 2011.

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Posted August 12, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was in NYC in October of 2012. While I didn't get a chance to cross the bridge this trip (I did in 94 & 95), I did get a picture of it while walking around City Hall. Thought I'd share it with everyone, even though it's not the greatest picture.

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Posted August 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Lift Bridge drawing in Louisiana.

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Eads Bridge (Missouri)
Posted August 12, 2013, by Robert Elder

I suspect that our spammer is a computer...


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