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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Drawings of a Intracoastal Waterway bascule bridge.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Drawing of a Trunnion bascule bridge.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Drawing of a South Slough bascule bridge.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Siuslaw River technical drawings open and closed.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Morrison bascule bridge drawing in the raises position.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

A single leaf trunnion type in Oregon.Here a couple of photos of them.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by jayhawk

I was poking around on Google Maps and found where the old road that lead to this bridge enters the water - it wouldn't surprise me if this bridge was inundated instead of torn down in 1983 when the lake was filled.

Any Georgia Bridgehunters with a boat and sidescan sonar? Inundated bridges fascinate me. Is there a category for that?

Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

This bascule bridge type was removed a technical drawing of a Abt type in Wisconsin.

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Posted July 12, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Those are some pictures of abt bascule bridge drawings showing the bridge in operation before it was abandoned in 1970.

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Longview Road bridge (Missouri)
Posted July 12, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge was flooded in the mid 1980s. IIRC it was narrow (18'), Pendergast/Truman era, concrete balustrade railing, and I believe there were planters on at least the end posts, possibly along the span as well. I know some of the buildings were torn down before filling the lake, and the pony truss over Mouse Creek was removed. Since the bridge represented no hazard to navigation nor had parts that would deteriorate and float up, I suspect it's still there.

I don't believe scuba is allowed at Longview. That part of the lake would be cold and perhaps very limited visibility. Sometimes fish locating sonar can display images from the bottom. I don't see myself buying one and taking the boat to Longview Lake but perhaps someone in the Kansas City area knows someone....

I suspect someplace there are pictures of the bridge in a collection. Longview farm was a pretty well photographed place.

Groton Bridge (Connecticut)
Posted July 12, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They just don't build them like they used to. Why would you replace a bascule bridge with a vertical lift bridge? Waddell and Harrington used to build some nice lift bridges back in the day, but even those bridges are extremely slow to raise and lower compared to a well-built bascule bridge (like the one demolished and replaced here).

Posted July 11, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)
Posted July 11, 2013, by Zachary S

It does seem far more in line with its appearance, and very similar bridges in the area, so I agree, I do figure the references got the age about right. I'll actually be in Tannehill a few weeks from now if all goes according to plan and will check it out in person to see if I can get more insight, then I'll hopefully be able to update the probable build date for a more precise one, haha.

Posted July 11, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 11, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think that's a good date for this bridge ZS.

Posted July 11, 2013, by Zachary S

Yeah, this time I'd agree with this sentiment

Posted July 11, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I must agree with Anonymous. These three bridges that were added today are neither historic nor notable in anyway. They look like every other UCEB I have driven over lately.

Longview Road bridge (Missouri)
Posted July 11, 2013, by JT (voorheesfan05 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Would anyone happen to have photos or information on the old bridge that was on Longview Road before the lake was built? I was a child when the lake was built. As I recall it was a very nice looking old bridge,I believe it was a part of the original old Longview Farm. If I remember right, the bridge was left in place and the lake now covers it. Any pictures or information on this bridge would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help.

Posted July 11, 2013, by Anonymous

MODERNE/NON-HISTORIQUE!

Posted July 11, 2013, by Anonymous

MODERNE/NON-HISTORIQUE!

Posted July 11, 2013, by Anonymous

MODERNE/NON-HISTORIQUE!

Posted July 11, 2013, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)
Posted July 11, 2013, by tom

Hey Eddie, that 90 vehicles a day is the same one, General Lee. lol

Posted July 11, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

A beautiful drawing of a Wishkah Street Strauss bascule Bridge.

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Posted July 11, 2013, by Anonymous the Athenian (Anonymous [at] athens [dot] net)

After the Trojan War

A journey of a decade in store

Past Scylla and Charybdis we sail

Undeterred by the sweet Siren's wail

To reach at last our home shore

To reach Athens shall be a joy

Telemachus no longer a boy

The Aegean Sea so rough

But our craft and our sailors so tough

May our ships ne'er the storms destroy

Amelia Earhart took flight

An Odyssey of her own in sight

A new record she would own

Should she return to her Kansas home

She ne'er gave up her good fight

The seas of the world can spell doom

For error such little room

But the Mighty Mo carries barges

And so now the Coast Guard charges

This bridge must come down with a boom

Posted July 10, 2013, by Zachary S

Ah, heh, gotcha.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Still Anonymous (noone [at] nowhere [dot] org)

Bridge has been replaced, Cosgrove Rd SW is once again open to traffic between Black Diamond Rd SW and 480th St SW.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Brian Berthold (FCVPI99 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

built around 1905

Posted July 10, 2013, by Tom

Went to see this bridge today, a wonderful sight to see how it was done many years ago. To bad the Builders plaque is gone, shows it here in May 2010 pics so it lasted 80 years whom ever took it I hope it fell off your mantel on your head and gave you some insight to swiping something that is not yours.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know, Luke. I assumed he couldn't find it because it was only listed in Greene County, and I think I had this one only in Sumter County. You replied right before I did. Thanks for posting the link though.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My already added was more in reference to Zach's "I might upload the current bridge" post.

I probably should have clarified that.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yeah. I added it but forgot it was in 2 counties. I just fixed it.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 10, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Douglas drew the image he posted on this page, as well as all of the others:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94273918@N06/page1/

Posted July 10, 2013, by Anonymous

I think a lot of this has to do with the moronic "navigation hazard" rules by the Coast Guard. Even though the Daniel Boone Bridge has the exact same pier locations as the new truss not ten feet away, it becomes a "navigation hazard" if abandoned in place while someone comes up with the money or an idea for what to do with it.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Zachary S

There's a pretty impressive and very large through truss at this location even today. Might add that one eventually.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Zachary S

Nice finds, all these recent historic Alabama bridges and tunnels from AER. This one is extremely close to home, I'll hop out there and investigate this in the coming weeks.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Zachary S

Damn, sooooomeone found a treasure trove of classic old structural drawings. Nice.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

A view of a rail lift bridge was built before it was demolished.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

The last shows a Skagit River Railroad Bridge drawing.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Anonymous

Now a tecnical drawing that shows the railroad bridge.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Anonymous

A Spottsville Railroad Bridge is also a technical drawing shown.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

A Washington techical drawing of a railroad swing bridge.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I realize that I forgot to mention the older Liberty Bend Bridge which appears to be in no danger of demolition.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge may date to 1919. The 1992 NBI data lists a 1919 construction date for the replacement bridge, which dates to 1989.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The project materials for the Fairfax Bridge indicated that the NR Eligibility of the Platte Purchase Bridge would be reviewed. However it does not indicate the outcome of that. I agree that it should be NR eligible, given the dramatic loss of older bridges of this type in the state.

Regarding the list of Missouri River Bridges below, I would comment that the Washington Bridge is absolutely doomed, there is no probably about it at this stage, and I believe the same is true for the older Daniel Boone Bridge.

Posted July 10, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Most Strauss Overhead Counterweight bascule bridges have the links connected on top of the counterweight, however the Morehead City railroad bridge I believe is the only bridge with the links connected on the bottom of the counterweight.

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Posted July 10, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ironically, the preservation conference that James will be attending features a bridge theme.

As far as the Missouri section of the Missouri River, here are some thoughts of mine.

Brownville Bridge (1936 Cantilever): No threat of demolition at this time.

Rulo Bridge - Demolition imminent

Amelia Earhart Bridge - Demolition imminent

Centennial Bridge - Probably doomed, but replacement is years away

Fairfax/Platte Purchase Bridges - replacement could begin by 2015.

Broadway Bridge - No threat of demolition.

Rocheport Bridge - No threat of demolition at this time.

Jefferson City Bridges - No threat of demolition.

Washington Bridge - potentially doomed.

Daniel Boone Bridge - the old one is probably doomed.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Don Morrison

The people of Hazleton might be open to some more preservation.

From http://hazletonia.com/History.htm

"The population of Hazleton is 950, has a mayor/council form of government, two full time employees, and two part time employees. The council has chosen as our town motto "Bridging Two Cultures"...referring to the unique bridge in Fontana Park and the Amish population west of our town."

Posted July 9, 2013, by Zachary S

Awesome.

Walker Bridge (California)
Posted July 9, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge got a brief appearance in a television commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFO9Xb2ArrI

Posted July 9, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The Fairfax Bridge is NRHP eligible according to MoDOT's Historic Bridge List at http://epg.modot.org/files/e/ed/127.2_Missouri_Historic_Bridge_List.xls

That list is based on a survey of Missouri bridges completed in 1992. The Platte Purchase Bridge was not old enough to be considered for that survey at the time, but I would argue that it is NRHP eligible today.

In related news, another 1950s-era bridge over the Missouri River, the Centennial Bridge at Leavenworth, is also apparently doomed. This Associated Press story mentions the bridge in passing: http://hdnews.net/news/k3446-BC-KS-TollRoads-Kansas-1stLd-Writethru-07-09-0715

It won't be too long before the Missouri portion of the Missouri River is completely devoid of pre-1950 highway bridges, and perhaps even pre-1960 or 1970 bridges will be extinct at some point. Only two bridges can be considered "saved": The ASB Bridge in Kansas City and the Boonville Railroad Bridge, and both of those are railroad spans.

I'm giving a presentation in September at the Missouri Preservation Conference in Boonville on this very subject.

http://preservemo.wordpress.com/conference/

Posted July 9, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hazleton lists the replacement of this bridge as part of their long-range plans.

http://hazletonia.com/about.htm

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Nathan. I wondered if Section 106 would be triggered in this instance. The NBI says that the historical significance can not be determined, but this page lists the bridge as being NRHP eligible. The newer Platte Purchase Bridge (1957) is listed in the NBI as not being eligible.

In my humble opinion, both bridges have historic value. The Platte Purchase bridge is a great example of a 1950s cantilever. I suspect that this newer generation of cantilevers will be the next ones to go, once we are through demolishing the pre-WWII variety.

The link I posted below actually lists the older bridge as historic and includes some great photographs of it. Of course, the authors then proceed to say that both bridges are at the end of their useful life.

Posted July 9, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Waste of tax payer money to take it down without any logical reason. That same money could go towards preserving the bridge.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Section 106 applies to this project. I am contacting them to request more information on what stage the project is in and why alternatives that avoid adverse effect are not shown.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Anonymous the Spartan (Anonymous [at] stopwastingtaxmoney [dot] greece [dot] net)

Good grief, they want to build a bike path on the new bridge? In Sparta, we would save money by leaving the old bridge for bikes and pedestrians. I swear to Poseidon that Western Civilization is going downhill fast!

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We can now add two more large cantilever truss bridges to the (potentially) doomed list:

http://www.modot.org/kansascity/major_projects/US69_EIS_Info.htm

NONE of the options (other than no-build) call for the preservation of both bridges. At a minimum, the 1935 Fairfax bridge would be doomed.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was talk of tearing down the Cotter Bridge at one time? Guess, I should not be too surprised. The John Mack Bridge (2nd longest extant Marsh arch in the USA) was also saved at the last minute...

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whipple trusses never disappoint, but this one is a really nice example!

Posted July 9, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

How typical. Here we have an exceedingly rare pin-connected wrought iron Whipple truss. The county plans to demolish it for absolutely no reason (no replacement planned). The bridge could easily be left standing for pedestrians. The bridge design is more rare than any of the several wooden covered bridges in the county. Yet, once again, every single covered bridge in the county is preserved and has a fresh coat of paint on it, while this metal truss bridge (whose design is more rare in Pennsylvania than the designs of the covered bridges) is sentenced to the dumpster.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Anonymous

I say leave it, only because it shows what would have happened if the Cotter bridge had been torn down as planned, before it became a National Civil Engineering Landmark.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think that the two-toned paint job looks great!

Posted July 9, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, James has final say. Personally, I would vote this one off the island.

Posted July 9, 2013, by Spiney the Elder

Final decision rests with James the Webmaster....

Posted July 8, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

That's the primary reason why we're choosing the Sutliff Bridge as our venue for the HB Weekend for Saturday night (in August)! I was there twice when the easternmost span was amputated and am looking forward to seeing the bridge fully restored and in use again. I think a lot of people really enjoy having Sutliff back in service again... :-)

Posted July 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is being bypassed and preserved. articles.philly.com/2013-07-06/news/40393842_1_new-bridge-north-camden-state-street-bridge

Posted July 8, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I did classify it as a warren. Silly mistake. Not sure if I was going too fast and didn't take a decent look at the pictures. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Diane Martin

It had been years since I had been in this area. The renovation is wonderful. It was a beautiful day and there were many enjoying the beautiful new/old bridge.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is a regular problem when the truss web is so short. There aren't enough panels for a pattern to be seen.

But I agree with Clark. This is a 5 panel pratt truss. If it _had_ to be a warren, I would call it something like "center panel overlapping warren with verticals". But really it's clear to me it's a pratt.

John - did you classify this as a a warren, or did you find somewhere else that called it a warren? I don't want to just arbitrarily change what you just edited...

Posted July 8, 2013, by Mike Olszewski

Now considered a part of the Superior Hiking Trail, this bridge was long ago abandoned with a re-alignment of Getchell Road (Highland Avenue) and was long just a place for kids to party. It needs stabilization, especially of the original concrete railings, but appears otherwise sound.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I see we have a "steel deck grate" category, so a jack-arch deck category is appropriate. I created one here: http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/jack-arch-deck/

I listed a few bridges, mostly ones I am familiar with but will rely on others to populate the category. A good overview of this deck type is here: http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/environment/documents/NHJackArchBridgesReport.pdf

Posted July 8, 2013, by Anonymous

Well, Nathan and Clark, I learn something new every day! I had assumed it was a county highway department re-decking a bridge the "cheap and smart" way. I hadn't realized this technique had a name!

Posted July 8, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I also agree. When I added Illinois Steel to the categories it must have auto added it to the builder because I didn't add anything to the builder section.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for posting the picture below. This bridge looks better than ever - at least since I started driving over it on a regular basis.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Matthew Landes (mlandes [at] miamicountyks [dot] org)

Creamery Bridge is scheduled for reopening after our rehabilitation project on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Ribbon cutting will be at 9:00am. I've included a photo taken when we were about 95% complete with the rehab.

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Posted July 8, 2013, by William Henry (IJH [dot] WRH [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Destroy by aronist over the 4th of July weekend

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Posted July 8, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not trying to troll here, but other then length, does this bridge have any particular significance?

Keller Ferry (Washington)
Posted July 8, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

I was hoping to make it out this way before they retired it. I see in the paper that the last run was yesterday. No ferry service until a little before Labour Day, when the new ferry is dedicated after ramp widening projects complete. Link added.

Posted July 8, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

I agree. It's just the steel the county, builders used in erecting the bridge. One bridge I photographed had steel stamped from different companies.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Anonymous the Athenian

Thank you, good sir. We Athenians appreciate real beauty in our architecture. Fake history just seems so cheap to us. Don't get me started on fake Doric and Ionic columns on post WWII buildings.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Anonymous the Spartan (anonymous [at] sparta [dot] greece [dot] net)

Those Athenians sure have an appreciation for beauty. Therefore, I can understand how this bridge would fail to impress them.

Posted July 8, 2013, by Anonymous the Athenian (Anonymous [at] athens [dot] net)

In foundries of old, o'er the fires so hot

Components of old truss bridges we wrought

Eyebars, beams, struts and lacing

All the designs of ornate portal bracing

The skills of the blacksmith were ne'er for nought

Then came the UCEB to carry many a car

A view of the river, Jersey barriers to mar

We needed the UCEB to support all our freight

It's design universal, no matter which state

But from Bridgehunter, precast 'crete we must bar

Update on HB Weekend in Iowa
Posted July 8, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Reminder to those who HAVE NOT registered for the dinner and tour portion of the Historic Bridge Weekend: You have until 15 July to register for that. You can register here by clicking onto Events in the Bridgehunter's Chronicles' facebook page and choosing which HB Weekend Days you want to participate in, or contact me for a registration form at either flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com or JDSmith77@gmx.net. If you wish to just join the bridgehunting tour or have any questions, etc., please let me know before 31st July. Please note, we'll start our bridgehunting adventure on August 9th at 10:00am at the Old Barn Resort outside Preston, located up the hill from the Old Barn Bridge. Looking forward to seeing you all at the HB Weekend August 9-12

Posted July 8, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect that the Illinois Steel Company was the fabricator, but probably not the builder.

Posted July 7, 2013, by Andrew (rosecitywanderer [at] gmail [dot] com)

A part of me wonders if it would still swing...

Posted July 7, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Surprised it stood as long as it did.

Posted July 7, 2013, by R&F

Paddled by there today, actually most of it is torn down now, including the two main pillars in the creek. Looks eerie really! Saw a caterpillar standing there and some welding equipment so it looks like they're taking it down completely.

Posted July 7, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

This photo is from 3/25/07.

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Posted July 7, 2013, by Bailey (X [at] y [dot] com)

We went out to see this bridge today, and found it to be open. Some locals said that it was closed last year, and reopened earlier this year. Appears to have been repainted.

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Posted July 7, 2013, by Chad Smith (ca531 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Here are a couple more

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Posted July 7, 2013, by Anonymous

Fascinating bridge. It would be nice if somebody could take some more photos of it and post them here.

Posted July 6, 2013, by Vickie Cunningham (vickiemarie623 [at] earthlink [dot] net)

My 86-year-old father discovered this bridge while he was out hiking around! He couldn't wait to show it to me...and I have to say, it is very cool!

Posted July 6, 2013, by Mike

This is now known as the Cassidy Point Bridge, and MDOT is going to remove it and replace it with an at-grade railroad crossing. The reason for removal is so that double-stacked intermodal shipping containers can be transported by rail out of the International Marine Terminal, and raising the height of the bridge (or building a new bridge with adequate clearance) would not be cost effective.

Posted July 6, 2013, by Mike

Get photos while you can, folks. Maine and New Hampshire have begun the planning and design process to replace this bridge. The new bridge may or may not have a railroad deck, depending on the funding situation. TIGER grants have been applied for but ME and NH will be competing against many other projects. The states asked the Navy to help pay for the rail portion, since they're the only one who benefits from it, but the Navy declined (even though they acknowledged that rail is their preferred way to transport spent fuel rods out of the yard).

Posted July 6, 2013, by Claudette Killingsworth Harris (ClAudetteharris [at] centurylink [dot] net)

I grew up in Okolona. As a child we would be playing at a house in town and hear the train whistle! We would take off running down the road and get to the peak of the bridge just as the train came underneath!

It was a scary feeling at first, you wanted to run because that train was coming straight at you! After the engine past under the bridge, it was not so scary! I remember the engineers waving for us to back away from the train, but we didn't! We also played underneath the bridge a lot! Now that I am an adult, I can see how dangerous it was for us to play so close to the track as the train came through! One of my favorite places in childhood memories!!

Posted July 6, 2013, by Jack Raitt (jraitt [at] live [dot] com)

Photos taken 07/06/2013

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Posted July 6, 2013, by Karen Le Grand (karenleg [at] med [dot] umich [dot] edu)

The Bridge is beautiful after a good blanket of snow and the pieces of ice floating down the Wabash River.

At Christmas time going to my Parents home, my daughter, Cynthia, my husband and I would sing the song; Over The River and Through the Woods to Grand Mother's house we go.... Lots of memories.

Posted July 6, 2013, by Stephen Kokoska (xtevencom [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Two photographs, May 2013

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Posted July 6, 2013, by Mike

I can't disagree with your assessment, and I'm sad that this decision was made; however, MaineDOT has been severely underfunded for decades, and that situation has gotten dramatically worse during the past two years because of the current governor. DOT is being put in the position of having to choose only those projects with the highest priority and affecting the highest number of people, so it's no surprise that this bridge didn't make the cut (I believe it was only carrying 5 or 6 cars a day when it was still in service). As a bridge fan and as a Mainer, I'm still very sad about it... although this sadness can't even begin to compare to my continued sadness over losing the Waldo-Hancock Bridge... something that could've been prevented if MaineDOT had an aggressive and fully-funded preventative maintenance program...


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