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Posted May 11, 2016, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice photo! As a bridge inspector I must appreciate such work.

Posted May 11, 2016, by Daniel Spitzer (desmdpc [at] mac [dot] com)

Bridges require inspection and maintenance - here work is in progress on 10 May 2016. Vantage point from 800 feet overhead, southwest. Image copyrighted, please do not reproduce without permission.

Posted May 10, 2016, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

At the meeting about the Rte 8 bridge an ODOT representative said this bridge is disassembled and is in storage until a new home can be found for it.

Posted May 10, 2016, by John Graham (john [at] johngrahamrealestate [dot] com)

We do have a growing group of people fighting to save this bridge. Please like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FrankJWoodBridge/

We are actively looking for examples of similar age bridges still in use in other states to use in the 106 process as examples of other states investing in their historical bridges. This bridge has a long future if we can get our voice heard and we intend to!

Cheat Lake Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 10, 2016, by William Graff (wrg2112 [at] aol [dot] com)

What is the approximate height of the bridge at the roadway?

Posted May 10, 2016, by John A. Jackson (jojacjson [at] mt [dot] gov)

Attached are photos from the 2014 inspection

Posted May 10, 2016, by John A. Jackson (jojackson [at] mt [dot] gov)

Attached is a photo of the Dry Wolf Arch

Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah... Not spelled wrong just once, but 3 times.

Unfortunately, Putnam County cares little for it's historic bridges. They ride Parke County's coat-tails with the covered spans, but are happy to ignore the steel trusses. A once very nice collection has been whittled down to near nothing.

A real shame!

Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's the one Art!

...Apparently it's the only one they own!

Posted May 9, 2016, by gfalcon (geofffalcon [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Louisiana sure did like to use steel "truss boxes" to support their bridges in lieu of concrete pilings during the 1950's.

Posted May 9, 2016, by gfalcon (geofffalcon [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has a weird aspect to it.... all of the eastern approaches, on-ramps, and elevated roadways were of a steel stringer construction. But on the west side of the bridge, all of those approaches and on-ramps utilized the newer prestressed concrete girder technology. Makes me wonder if the western portion of the bridge (Port Allen side) was the last part of the bridge to be built.

Posted May 9, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Woodie!!

Posted May 9, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is the article for posterity:

http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2302676.html

Road to close up to 6 months for Crowe's Bridge replacement

Friday, May 6, 2016

County Road 100 East between 25 South and 200 North in Greencastle Township will be closed on or after Monday, May 9 for bridge replacement.

The federal aid project will replace Crowe's Bridge, the 113-year-old iron truss bridge spanning Big Walnut Creek. The project has been in the works since 1999.

Once the road may only be closed for 180 days, County Highway Supervisor Mike Ricketts reported. This should put the estimated completion date of the project no later than November.

The county learned several years ago that Crowe's would not be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, making the replacement easier and less costly.

Posted May 9, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony... you mean this stamp, right?

Posted May 9, 2016, by John Mills (john [dot] mills [at] kiewit [dot] com)

I have spent a lot of time around Stockton and Stockton Lake. In looking at the pictures, and old maps, I'm reasonably certain that this bridge was most likely located close to where the Dam for the lake was constructed. It is relatively obvious to see where hwy 32 was re-constructed as a part of the lake building process. There is a relatively short, probably less than half a mile, section of hwy 32 just east of the Sac river, down stream of the Dam, that I would say is most likely the east side of the approach to the old bridge.

Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately, Maine seems to have a "Rubber stamp" approach when it comes to historic bridges.

Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sorry Andy... But this is a replacement not a repair according to what info I have.

Also, as you will often find, the paper had the name wrong and it should actually be Crow's Bridge.

Posted May 9, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 9, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 9, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 9, 2016, by Woodie (wmckusick [at] gmail [dot] com)

Don't know if you take any pictures?

Posted May 9, 2016, by Luke

Thanks for the photograph, Shelby!.

Posted May 9, 2016, by Shelby

Here's a recent picture. I love this little bridge!

Posted May 8, 2016, by Anonymous

At the western edge of the Milwaukee Road bridge in Rockford is a rock where a plaque used to be. The base says 1964. Does anyone know what the plaque commemorated?

Posted May 8, 2016, by John cassell (Mrwilson14172 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of May 8th the bridge is open again..what is going on..we are happy it's open

Madison Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 8, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 5-8-16 a new bridge is in the planning stages and this bridge will be replaced by 2020.It has been a decade since the bridge was last used.Federal funding is available for the new bridge.The alternative analysis period has ended and now the preliminary engineering period has started.Construction should start in 2019 and take about a year and a half.Montgomery County has earmarked $25 million for the bridge as part of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program.This bridge has been offered for sale to both Pottstown and North Coventry Township who didn't want it.Other options looked at were never implimented.If a new owner is not found for the bridge it will be demolished.Any more news i get will be printed here.

Posted May 7, 2016, by Anonymous

Looks like demolition is going to take a while

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/31913288/osprey-eggs-delay-d...

Posted May 7, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

This bridge and the Bayou Deview bridge are reported to have been given to the City of Jonesboro for use along a pedestrian trail

Posted May 6, 2016, by Ivan Rasmussen (ijrazz [at] live [dot] com)

the photos of Lock & Dam 14 are actually of Lock & Dam 15 and Government Bridge at the Rock Island Arsenal.

Posted May 6, 2016, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a pic from 2015.

Posted May 6, 2016, by Rhoda (Vwgal16 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I have lived in Montgomery township for over 10 years. The Giggstown Causeway Bridge needs to be evaluated for safety. It has heavy traffic and is only a one lane bridge, while others in area are 2 lanes. Due to the location of bridge it is a dangerous bridge and area. Though many need the bridge to cross over from middlesex county into somerset county.

What are the steps for the bridge to become considered a 2 lane bridge.

Posted May 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'd rather have one of the historic spans Robert!

...Too bad I don't have a place to put it!

Posted May 6, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like the replacement span is up for sale. Any takers?

http://www.eiffeltradingcompany.com/eggners-ferry-bridge-rep...

Posted May 6, 2016, by Joel Wyman (jwyman2242 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sickening beyond belief. This structure should have been preserved by all means possible!

Posted May 6, 2016, by Joel Wyman (jwyman2242 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sadly this bridge no longer exists and was removed sometime early this year due to teenage vandals. It was closed in 2006 due to the poor state of its deck and was supposed to be repaired as per the sign down the road a mile or so but instead the funds were allocated elsewhere.

McCann Ferry (California)
Posted May 5, 2016, by Greg McCann (sagebrushgardener [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know this is an old thread, but just in case anyone finds it, I thought this might be interesting. This is a picture of my grandfather, John McCann (no relation to the founder of McCann, CA, as far as I know) at the McCann railroad depot, not far from the ferry. I think the picture was taken sometime in the early 60s. I believe most of what used to be here was wiped out in the 1964 flood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_flood_of_1964

Posted May 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It is the longest span of its type in the United States, however, it is the fourth longest span in the world, with the longest cantilever truss span in the world being the famous Quebec Bridge http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=qu...

Posted May 5, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It has a page for the new location. See the Tails and Trails Bridge in "related".

Posted May 5, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Went looking for Antioch Church Road truss, but it is gone. Bummer. Did find this little item a bit north of former truss.

Posted May 5, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If you continue on 600W (1st street) westbound, in about a mile you will see League Park, where some of "League Of Their Own" was filmed. Great!! (I am a HUGE baseball fan)

Posted May 5, 2016, by Andrew B (anti3 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge was built while I was in High School (Nether Providence). I recall it was the longest span of its type when built. I also (think) I recall there were some structural issues originally and that for many years there were cables installed to stabilize the trusses, I could be wrong about that, as I don't see the cables in any photo. I was always a little sad to see the Chester-Bridgeport Ferry go away when the bridge was opened. We used to take the ferry (and later the bridge) to the NJ shore. I personally enjoyed the ferry trip...Dad never did. The bridge was an occasional Friday trip to NJ in my HS days for...umm...refreshments that I could not purchase (legally) in PA:)

Posted May 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Star Iron outriggers suggest its a product of Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works

Posted May 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Star Iron outriggers suggest its a product of Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works

Posted May 4, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its so unbelievable I may have to wait to see it to believe it, but it appears that Maine may PRESERVE A HISTORIC BRIDGE!!! Amazing! I got word they just had a meeting and that all hurdles have been cleared and it will be restored. Here is an article hinting at this from a few months ago.

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/22/saco-city-council-allo...

Posted May 4, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

I have found the "remains" of the bridge. They are in a park in Grandview (which we knew). It is about 1200 feet NW of Byars Road and E139th, just on the other side of the river. To give a hint, look for the upside down "L".

Posted May 4, 2016, by mtygard (mtygard [dot] surgimesh [at] gmail [dot] com)

You are incorrect...this bridge is way to far north, the tornado never reached here...it died out just west of El Dorado Lake. The actual bridge was Tumbleweed Rd. much farther to the south on the turnpike, just northwest of the town of Andover.

Posted May 4, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

THX for the attaboy Tony Dillon; Thanx to Chris Perry for the recent pics and to James Baughn for his pics & for such a GREAT & versatile website. Happy Bridgehunting one & all! I am hoping to visit Steinhagen myself on Friday after returning from St. Loo area.

Posted May 4, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pretty sure this and Antioch Church Road Bridge are one and the same.

Posted May 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Apparently now you don't see a Baltimore Pony EVER.

Posted May 3, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That slab is as ugly as they come!

Re: DEMOLITION
Posted May 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would not be surprised if there is additional unreported loss or damage due to flooding in eastern Oklahoma and neighboring states in 2015.

Posted May 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge could be demolished anytime now, if it hasn't been already.

http://www.miamicountyks.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/0...

Posted May 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, shucks...you don't see a Baltimore Pony every day...

Posted May 3, 2016, by M Landes (matt [dot] landes [at] p-e2 [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced in 2015 with a 2-span precast concrete culvert.

DEMOLITION!!!!!!!
Posted May 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As you may have seen, I went thru a few Oklahoma Counties and have confirmed that a slaughter of metal truss bridges on a never-before-seen scale has occurred since people contributed photos of bridges to Bridgehunter ca. 2008-2009. I have never seen anything like it before. Maybe on a smaller scale, Iroquois County, Illinois, but if what I saw in the NE Part of the state is the same statewide, then in less than 10 years Oklahoma has gone from truss-rich to a low-population truss state.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

You can see the lost span in the river from this Google image.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was "Adopted for relocation in Muskogee County - August 2009" According to ODOT. Final location unknown. Documentation attached.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 1,986,495 bytes)

Posted May 2, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like the bridge was bypassed with a new bridge but the historic bridge abandoned and not demolished, per Google imagery.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The new location must be over this ditch around this area (which appears to be the community park mentioned) somewhere. 39.788167, -95.094667

The trusses were just reused as decorations.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is now on the 2016 Indiana Landmarks Most Endangered List. And for good reason, based on their photos of one of the stone piers. Also has a construction date of 1891 for this bridge.

http://www.indianalandmarks.org/NewsPhotos/10most/Pages/Mono...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/historic-landmarks-foundation-...

Posted May 2, 2016, by John Nicolay (jnicolay [at] comcast [dot] net)

My grandparents farmed not far from bridge and I include this photo of the bridge ~ 1920.

Posted May 2, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to MO Bridge Inventory, this was former Lewis County CR207.

Posted May 2, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge was recently closed for repairs of railings and cutting down a tree, or so it appears. Still a good solid bridge. Be wary of camera and No Trespassing Signs on the North & RH side of bridge.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Is there a story here? This historic bridge seems to have rated well last inspection. You'd think they would continue preserving as much of the old Route 66 as possible.

Posted May 2, 2016, by Andrew Penik

If you are coming from Abner creek Rd side of bridge on Mayfield you can see the old right of way this is now a drive way for house close to bridge. what I saw inside the bridge didn't look too old but the wooden floor looked ax cut and very old I still believe its an old crossing before the 1984 bridge was built

Posted May 2, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't believe that it's Big Bayou Canot. I've heard stories of this indecent happening but, I cannot find any records to validate them. It would explain what appears to be a support for a swing.

Posted May 1, 2016, by Don Morrison

Hmmmm....

Found this old 1959 video that tells Kate's story. It includes photos of the original bridge, the successor bridge (as well as it's dismantling in 1933), and the K.S. High Bridge.

I think the western most span of the original bridge looks like a whipple.

Worth a watch, anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZBpn2mlhlA

Posted May 1, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Clark,

Looks good! I agree with you on the alignment.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 1, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Railroad predates 1886, so I'm going with the north location by the bluffs. Old maps show the crossing a bit east of the current one, closer to the bluffs.

Posted May 1, 2016, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Apparently this bridge has been relocated to a city park:

http://www.hiawathaworldonline.com/news/article_5d210fc0-988...

bridge accident causing death of ancestor
Posted April 30, 2016, by Karen Osborn (kmo_co [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hello, I know this is a long-shot, but I am looking for information on a bridge accident that happened probably in the 1845-1855 range. One of my ancestor families, named Linke, arrived in Baltimore (from Germany) during this time period. It was their intention to settle with other German families in St. Louis. However, somewhere along the way between Baltimore and Cincinnati, they met with a gruesome accident. Family lore tells it that as they were approaching a trestle(?) bridge, someone on the train yelled (what was probably a warning), "look out!" With poor mastery of the English language, one of the Linke sons, thinking he was supposed to "look out" to see something, stuck his head out of the open passenger car window, only to have it lopped off by the rapidly passing and very narrow beams of the bridge! The train stopped in Cincinnati (it must have been the closest major town) for the family to bury the son's remains, and departed immediately before the family was able to remove their belongings from the baggage car. Stranded in Cincinnati, they found a large German population and decided to settle there. They sent another son on to St. Louis several days later to claim their belongings and return with them to Cincinnati, but by the time he arrived in St. Louis, the belongings had disappeared. The son returned empty handed, and the family somehow managed to build new lives with nothing, and grieving a son decapitated in front of their eyes! I have been trying to verify this story, and here is where I need some help. Is there a record of this type of train/bridge accidents somewhere that anyone is aware of? Am I correct in assuming that since they arrived in Baltimore and headed west toward Cincinnati and St. Louis that this would have been the B&O Railroad? Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated!

Posted April 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Found a piece of information in the Reading Eagle printed on 4-30-16.Seems 2 local businessmen,Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen put up half the money to build this bridge in 1932.They were the founders of 3 businesses named Thun & Janssen Textile Machine Works,Berkshire Knitting Mills and Wyomissing Industries which none of these businesses are no longer in operation.Nice to know businessmen will put money up to have bridges constructed.

Posted April 30, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

At least it's good to see that the county didn't just rip it out for no reason... They certainly have on other spans!

Posted April 29, 2016, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anybody want to join me at the next public comment period in akron on the evening of May 10th, 2016

Posted April 29, 2016, by Steve A (webmaster [at] alpsroads [dot] net)

Bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic. Still open to bikes/peds. West approach closed off at Metcalfe St., recommend parking at east approach for quicker access. No convenient side view except from Ave. L bridge north sidewalk.

The River Bridge, Livingston & La Salle Counties, IL
Posted April 29, 2016, by GS

The structure at this location on the map is in La Salle County. There is currently a bridge there which carried IL Rt 18 EB into Streator over the Vermilion River. It was built probably in the 1970's and utilizes two large concrete piers that are from a previous bridge. The attached postcard is of the bridge which existed at this location.

In the late 1920's a new structure was built downstream of the location shown on the map to carry IL Rt 18. It was replaced in 1988.

Even when the previous structure was in place IL Rt 18 ran westbound over the north structure and eastbound over the south structure which is known as Bridge Street.

IL Rt 23 crosses the Vermilion River just south of the Livingston County line. There was a 1920's(?) vintage concrete bridge there until IL Rt 23 was realigned to the east and a new high level structure built in 1981 to cross both the river and the railroad. The downstream structure was removed at that time. It is possible that this bowstring arch was at that location. I've contacted the local historical society but haven't heard anything back as of this time.

Posted April 29, 2016, by Patrick Cooney

Line is just mothballed by NS, they still own it.

This was Big Four/P&E, then Penn Central, then Conrail.

Last train ran sometime in 1999 before the CR split between NS and CSX.

Posted April 29, 2016, by James F. Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

New bridge opened today. B.B. Comer Bridge is now closed and demolition is to start immediately.

http://whnt.com/2016/04/29/new-highway-35-bridge-in-scottsbo...

Posted April 29, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bluffs along the north side of town can be seen in photos here:

http://www.kansastravel.org/oswegoriversidepark.htm

It's possible the historic bowstring was on a different alignment when it crossed.

Posted April 28, 2016, by Harry Moore (kankankee [at] gmail [dot] com)

View upstream from the bridge

Posted April 28, 2016, by Harry Moore (kankankee [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have fished here many times.

Posted April 28, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Clark,

To me the curve of the river matches Xavier Road, or more likely North Iowa St., better. Also, the bluffs on the south shore seem quite high based on the shadows in the satellite image. Finally, when was the railroad put in? If it was before the turn of the century, it eliminates the East Bridge location.

Let's give it a day or two to see if anyone has more info before we move and rename it.

Regards,

Art S.

IL Rt 102 Bridge over Rock Creek @ Kankakee River StatePark
Posted April 28, 2016, by GS

Bridge is being demolished. Will be replaced by a new bridge.

Congratulations Julie
Posted April 28, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I hope things continue to go well for you and the Michigan contingent. You may really have found your niche.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Official Announcement
Posted April 28, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Those that know me, know how hard this has been to keep local...no quiet per se because we had contracts since last June and we have been moving forward since then with restoration at BACH Steel...our bowstring restored - you can't even imagine how that feels and how it looks. The official press release on the Yorklyn Heights Valley.

For Immediate Release Holt, Michigan & Grinnell, Iowa

Workin’ Bridges Awarded Contract to Provide Historic Truss Bridges for Yorklyn Heights Valley Trail System thru DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) unit has chosen to use restored historic bridges for the Governor’s First Trail System in Yorklyn, Delaware. The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA), a non profit dedicated to historic truss bridge and greenbelt preservation was approached in November of 2014 to propose a series of bridges for the trail crossings. At an open house and press conference on April 18, 2016, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Administrator Matthew Chesser, with other development partners and the design and construction team showcased the environmental clean up efforts they undertook in 2009. Those efforts have brought back the National Vulcanized Fiber (NVF) factory sites by cleaning up toxic elements from the buildings. The area is attracting new growth with the addition of Snuff Mill and Paper Mill sites linked by trails to the Marshall Mansion and Steam Museum operated by a unique partnership between the DNR and Friends of Yorklyn Heights Preserve.

Diane Roth, President, and Julie Bowers, Executive Director of NSRGA / Workin’ Bridges were on hand to answer questions and discuss the three bridges already under contract for restoration. Joined by Nels Raynor of BACH Steel from Holt, Michigan and Jim Schiffer, PE of Schiffer Group Inc. out of Traverse City, the team celebrated the announcement of this project. “We haven’t been able to talk about it much”, stated Raynor, “but we have picked up and finished the restoration of an 1889 King Iron pony truss from Pennsylvania, that is already at Beech & Rich in Battle Creek, coated with PPG Protective Marine Coatings - PSX 700 system. Now we are working very hard on the rehabilitation of the 1883 McIntyre Bowstring, another King, that we pulled out of the N. Skunk River in Iowa years ago. The work has been challenging but the crew has finished fabricating 'star iron - cruciform' for the vertical posts and has begun repairing both of the iron arch trusses. Soon we will go and pull a bridge from the Shiawassee River in Michigan because it’s stone abutment is giving out. We are saving these bridges when no one else has the money, expertise or determination to do so”.

“It takes the vision of just one, most of the time. For us, that one, was Matt Chesser. Matt was able to see the benefits of going beyond using new bridges to cross Red Clay Creek and wondered if it was competitive to use historic bridges like the ones through PennDOT's "Bridges for Sale" program. He had already researched several bridges when we started discussing how we could help bring historic bridges back to Delaware in November of 2014.” Bowers said, “We provided scope of work and estimates about a variety of bridges for a number of potential sites by the end of December of that year. Of course we presented our bowstring, the McIntyre Bridge for their use. The Supervisors of Poweshiek County had reneged on their voted and signed support for a Transportation Alternative Program grant through the Iowa Department of Transportation right before submission but after we had spent thousands of dollars on site engineering and planning for the reset of the bridge! At that point, and with no support from the tax dollar funded County Conservation Board, we realized that if we were going to save our bridge, the bridge that started it all for us, we had to find another owner. Our bridge now has a new name, Paper Mill Bridge, and a new location, but it’s history as the McIntyre will be told. The restoration will provide the vintage span a useful service life for generations. Of course, we lobbied for an annual 'Skunk River Sunday' to be held at the new park and hope our friends of Skunk River Bridge will make plans to join us there.

The use of historic bridges in the region has crossed the state line to Kennett Township,Chester County, Pennsylvania where the trail from Delaware will connect to land owned by The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County (TLCSCC) under the direction of Gwen Lacy. Then it may continuing to a new proposal for the restoration of Chandler Mill Bridge for Kennett Township with the possible addition of several more historic bridges for potential trail use by TLCSCC. This will create an amazing heritage bridge site on the east coast. Delaware had few historic bridges to look into for adaptive reuse, so we had to go further to find bridges that had been abandoned. Now we are looking for very rare bridges from the 1880s to 1930 from different states to tell the broader history of the iron bridge age and the settlement of the United States - crossing one river and stream at a time. We applaud all of these folks for their commitment to preservation.

Bridges all over the country are starting to be saved by preservation efforts. NSRGA and Workin’ Bridges was begun in 2010 by a few friends. It is a testament to our history that we can show people, not tell them, how to save their bridges. Yes, they are big jobs, but so well worth it, you should call us today if you have a project.

More info at Workin' Bridges on Facebook, KoolProjects.com, or at www.workinbridges.org. Questions can be addressed to Julie Bowers at 641.260.1262.

Posted April 28, 2016, by Michael Niethe (michaelniethe [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove to Wruck Road last week for the purpose of getting some nice photos of the bridge.

The bridge is gone.

I don't know when it was removed. It was there a few years ago.

Posted April 28, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

From courier-journal.com:

Tourist dies on search for Pope Lick monster

A 26-year-old tourist from Ohio was fatally struck by a train in Louisville while hunting for a ghost with her boyfriend

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/04/24/t...

Posted April 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good work! I always love to see the historic name of the bridge listed first. Even if a bridge is moved to a secondary location, the original name should stay with it!

Posted April 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a real beauty!

The center "Upper-chord" is very unique and even more unusual! Surprising to see it laced considering how all the other main components are solid members. An effort to keep the weight down I presume.

Hats off to the county and state preserving this gem!!

Posted April 27, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted April 27, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Have been looking thru MO Bridge Documents so I updated the name. This definitely looks like a place to visit this year; only about an hour away!

Posted April 27, 2016, by Wade Pitcher (wpitcher1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Bridge has major damage from 2015 floods.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/142438577@N06/shares/wXFm74

Posted April 27, 2016, by Lou Merchen (WASTA20 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

This 1934 bridge is now gone. It was replaced by

a five-span pre-stressed girder style in late

summer 2014. Ribbon cutting ceremony was held

Sept. 5th, 2014

Posted April 27, 2016, by Wade Pitcher (wpitcher1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Felt sorry for old bridge so cleaned up most of the debris on top of the bridge.

Posted April 27, 2016, by Anonymous

Four

Posted April 27, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

The north bridge seems to have been much wider than the south bridge. How many tracks did it handle?

Posted April 27, 2016, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

The satellite imagery on this bridge appears to show that it has been demolished.

Posted April 27, 2016, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

The satellite imagery of this bridge shows that it has been demolished.

Posted April 27, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would appear this bridge was originally a swing span, the three southern supports being part of the original swing (center support of the three being the pivot). Apparently, in the 70's or 80's, part of a load either hit the bridge or the span was weak and the train derailed, fell off the swing span and into the river. The accident rendered the swing scrap and a new deck was built over the old swing supports and a new lift installed (the current lift in place). I cannot find any information on this, any insight would be appreciated.

Posted April 26, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

I has been bugging me ever since I add this. I would look at the satellite view, and it would not match up. Neither did the pictures. I finally figured it out, that I missed one when I was mapping them out. What was worse, is that I to go back, and correct all of the other points, and pictures that I took during the trip (at least from points 20-36). I have been trying to submit these to MoRIT and MoDNR, but have not have been able to because the file is too big. At least I caught it before I sent them out.


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