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Posted November 18, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Someone needs to clean this page up, its too big a job for my time and ability. There was a historic concrete arch here, but it was demolished in 2005 and replaced. Photos show the replacement bridge which I assume isn't even an arch. But the description here talks about the historic bridge.

re: 1884 Saugatuck Swing Truss Bridge, Westport, CT
Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Railroad through trusses built by them often had smaller plaques located on the endposts instead of the much larger overhead plaques.

I don't know much about the history, except that the Athens plant was known as Kellogg & Maurice in 1882.

Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Probably replaced with a lifeless culvert!

If CLR out of Vincennes did the work...Then this little span will probably find a new life somewhere.

Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You nailed it CV...1886 it is!

Re: Help finding this bridge
Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I thought I might have a positive match using my new Bridgehunter GSI (Graffiti Scene Investigation) photography analysis... But upon closer inspection it doesn't appear so.

Hope this doesn't diminish the chances of a possible TV series!

Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ya just never know Erik... I have seen worse stand for much longer than expected.

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=tr...

Help finding this bridge
Posted November 18, 2015, by Star (Starlynskipper [at] my [dot] solacc [dot] edu)

You are amazing, I searched bridgehunter and couldn't find it. Thanks so much.

Re: Help finding this bridge
Posted November 18, 2015, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

My guess would be the Carpenters Bluff Bridge between Texas and Oklahoma:

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/grayson/carpenters-bluff/

Posted November 18, 2015, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

What's so special about this bridge?

Posted November 18, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Pic 5 looks like 1886 to me.

Help finding this bridge
Posted November 18, 2015, by Star (Starlynskipper [at] my [dot] solacc [dot] edu)

I'm trying to locate this bridge. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Posted November 18, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can't clean the picture up enough to nail the date, but the old truss bridge shown is a Massillon Bridge Company product. I would estimate it as late 1880's.

Posted November 18, 2015, by Michael Corbin (mcorbin02 [at] atlanticbb [dot] net)

There are some photos of the Ten Arch Railroad bridge on the community web-site at www.mapleton-pa.com

Posted November 17, 2015, by Tim Ebel (thinkbiglearnsmart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Elaine,

I hope you can help me. I am trying to locate who I can contact to acquire this bridge for our home property which is in a historic district.

My number is 3016417679 or email above. Thank you.

Posted November 17, 2015, by Eddie (Eaglo [at] aol [dot] com)

The deck girder shear pole bridge was constructed by the LIRR Co. in 1912.

The two bridge piers were concrete, and the bridge operated with two motors, one to lift the end less than an inch using cams under the struts and the other to operate the swing.

This bridge replaced an iron drawbridge. Prior to the iron bridge, a wooden draw crossed Wreck Lead that was constructed in 1880.

Posted November 17, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know this is just a little pony, but, hell! I hate to see these little slices of history replaced! It's kinda like a favorite uncle or aunt that passes...

1884 Saugatuck Swing Truss Bridge, Westport, CT
Posted November 17, 2015, by Morley Boyd (boyd [dot] cthh [at] gmail [dot] com)

As an addendum to my November 16,2015 query regarding this 1884 swing truss bridge made by Union, (note correct email address)in addition to wondering about the possible placement of a manufacturer's plate somewhere on said structure, does anyone have archival images of the company's New York or PA fabrication plants? The Town of Westport is currently compiling a comprehensive study report on this fully functioning and greatly loved little bridge - now the oldest (and only hand-operated) movable bridge in the State of Connecticut. In fact, ANY archival images related to Union or its employees and officers would be profoundly appreciated.

Posted November 17, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

In light of the terrorist attacks and to show solidarity to France and Lebanon, the 2015 Ammann Awards has been pushed back to January 2016. Entries will be taken until January 6th. Voting will commence on January 8th through the 30th. Winners will be announced on February 1st. More details on the motives behind the postponement and ways to enter your bridge here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/11/17/amman-award...

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in entering your candidate(s) for the 2015 awards.

JS

Re: Rivets
Posted November 17, 2015, by Nels Raynor (nels [at] bachsteel [dot] com)

Ed, at Bach Steel where we specialize in riveting, our opinion is that your thinking is correct. Look at all the old bridges with rivets that are still solid after 120 years. There are some engineers out there who may disagree. But at Bach Steel we and the engineers we work with stand by riveting as a safe, strong, cost-effective, long-lasting, and better looking choice, especially for bridge restoration projects.

cox bridge (Florida)
Posted November 17, 2015, by katy dugan (katyedugan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

am attempting to find the origin of the name for this bridge, "cox bridge" any information much appreciated.

Rivets
Posted November 17, 2015, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I was always under the impression that hot riveted connections were better than bolts because:

The rivets form themselves to the size of the hole as they are installed, leaving no gaps for corrosion and for the pieces to slide against each other when loaded.

Rivets compress the joint as they cool.

In short my impression was that a well done rivet job was the next best thing to welding and that bolted connections were done only for ease of assembly and the lack of expert riveters in the modern trades. Now I see bolted assembly being called an improvement and I am wondering if I don't understand something.

Posted November 17, 2015, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

The current bridge was built circa 1994, so this was likely abandoned around this time.

Posted November 17, 2015, by Bob Duvall (RL_Duvall [at] att [dot] net)

Yes, Bridge is now open to public. It is used to go to Crystal City Underground Events Center. Problems attaching the photo.

Posted November 16, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

More information on the decision to demolish the bridge and the irrational reasons behind it here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/11/16/bb-comer-br...

Whatever happened to democracy and the right to allow the public to decide on a project like this?

Posted November 16, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The city website provides information suggesting this park and bridge are from the 1930s and associated with Depression relief programs, suggesting this is a concrete arch with stone facing. From the city:

The park was designed by Oakland landscape architect Howard Gilkey, who grew up in Santa Rosa. The park was developed in the depression years as a government project. Its stone bridge, pond and walkway were constructed from rock hauled from the Kenwood quarries.

Saugatuck Swing Truss Bridge, Westport, CT
Posted November 16, 2015, by Morley Boyd (ct [dot] hh [at] gmail [dot] com)

This 1884 NR listed bridge was fabricated by the Union Bridge Co.Does anyone know whether that company placed mfg. plates on their bridges - like the kind of thing you might find on a piece of machinery from the late 19th or early 20th century? I'm not a bridge guy, so forgive my ignorance...

Saugatuck Swing Truss Bridge, Westport, CT
Posted November 16, 2015, by Morley Boyd (ct [dot] hh [at] gmail [dot] com)

This 1884 NR listed bridge was fabricated by the Union Bridge Co.Does anyone know whether that company placed mfg. plates on their bridges - like the kind of thing you might find on a piece of machinery from the late 19th or early 20th century? I'm not a bridge guy, so forgive my ignorance...

Posted November 16, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)
Posted November 16, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nothing looks better in a park than a nice shiny new slab-O-concrete!

LAME!!!

Todd's photo

Posted November 16, 2015, by Luke

Brandon, Google updated its code for their Maps/Streetview, so that's why there are a lot of broken Streetviews.

Posted November 16, 2015, by Brandon Cooper

Google Streetview is broken on a lot of bridges here.I don't know what caused this, but I thought this was an apporiate place to post this message.

RE;Canadian Pacific Ltd./Norfolk Southern merger
Posted November 16, 2015, by george oakley (reading)

This may or may not be irrelevant to this website but this is information I read about in the local paper last week.As per an article printed in the reading eagle 11-10-15 Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is exploring a takeover of Norfolk Southern Corp. in an attempt to consolidate the north American rail industry.The value of this merger is valued at $24 billion dollars which Canadian Pacific is raising financing for and also is in merger talks with Norfolk Southern.The goal is to build a transcontinental carrier after talks with CSX failed last year.As for the bridges active and abandoned they would have to be reassigned to Canadian Pacific if this merger were to happen.

Posted November 15, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a truss here... Just a stringer with a "Lid" on it.

Certainly not historic...As far as Notability goes, that lies in the eye of the beholder. "Romantic Shelter" covered bridges as they are often called, do nothing to excite me.

Posted November 15, 2015, by Anonymous

Elvis Bridge: A bridge that the NBI reports as lost, but is later reported to still be in existence.

Posted November 15, 2015, by Michael Page (tribe2210 [at] jellicle [dot] com)

Houchins Ferry shut down Oct 1st, 2013 when the government shutdown began, and has never re-opened. The ferry itself was pulled out of the river and rebuilt, and was recently used to replace the Green River ferry. The old Green River ferry will be rebuilt and put into "spare" status. It's not known when, or even if, the Houchins Ferry will ever reopen.

Posted November 15, 2015, by Milltown

This bridge closed last week after a hole formed in the roadway on the north end.

Posted November 15, 2015, by Milltown

This bridge closed last week after a hole formed in the roadway on the north end.

Posted November 14, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this site/bridge Oct 23rd, 2015; glad to see this type preserved for folks to view.

Posted November 14, 2015, by The Independent Rage (theindependentrage [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just ran across this bridge today. It's a beautiful old bridge, nearly 100 years old now. And it appears to be in great condition for preservation as a pedestrian and bike bridge. It should not be torn down; rather, the replacement should be built right next to it. The way that Osawatomie has preserved both of its other two historic bridges to the north and south of town (circa 1930 bridges carrying old or original alignments of US 169/K-7) has been inspirational. The community should do the same here. There's no bona fide reason, unless you're just an old grumpy curmudgeon, for this bridge to be torn down. None.

Posted November 14, 2015, by Gunnar (shafferg23 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have the train watch of my Great Great Grandfather that was the conductor on this line to Norman. He would always stop the train and give treats to the kids at the local school just past the bridge. The watch still works. :) My family lived at the fork of Collier Creek.

Hulton Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice video of a drive across the bridge. Beautiful bridge and looks to be in good shape. Its a real shame they'd rather scrap it than repurpose it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRZSRvfU9mo

Fallston Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted November 13, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Interesting write-up; very well put. Unlike the writer, however, I actually do have feelings for the new bridge...the kind of feelings that make a barf bag more than necessary!

Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice article on the old bridge as it goes away:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/11/13/mourning-the-lo...

Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The stupidity comes to its expected conclusion:

http://wnep.com/2015/11/13/new-pedestrian-bridge-in-wyoming-...

Posted November 13, 2015, by Bill Graber (foursecretary [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge was not replaced in the true sense of the words. It was by-passed and a new bridge replaced this crossing when US36 was moved further south and went around Riverton. The rest of the facts about the bridge are correct. It was open for a long time and closed in 1979. It was removed and not replaced at the same location in 1983.

Posted November 11, 2015, by Douglas Butler

try to figure out where is the previous pedestrian drawbridge.

Posted November 11, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is intact, but closed; visited here 10-24-15; my wife/my 35th anniversary. Great location to shoot, especially great light & foliage colors this particular day. Easy to get to from Freeman, MO at the east end of 5th Street. The other way from north end of Rodier Rd is possible too but long and not maintained......

Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the reading eagle on 11-8-15 the stae p.u.c. has asked cumru township to create a proposed timeline for the removal of this bridge.Because the railroad is a public utility the p.u.c. must oversee the bridge's demolition.Removal will cost $100,000.A crane cannot be used because of 4 sets of wires running above it and the necessity to keep hazardous debris off the railroad tracks.But disassembling the bridge piecemeal would cause work-related vibrations that could further loosen the beam at risk of collapsing.Cumru must first secure the beam before actually removing it.The township manager and the p.u.c. also indicated that the township might have to remove abutments and grade back slopes after the bridge is gone.This is going to be one tricky removal job.

Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If I am not mistaken the locomotive is a reading and northern locomotive.

Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,like I said,even though I am from Quakertown I am familiar with the area.I don't remember if I've been near or by this bridge.I might have and not realized it.As for the peevy road bridge I will try to get in the area when I can.

Posted November 10, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Functionally Obsolete is a term to describe a bridge that may not require repair, but does not meet modern guidelines for the roadway it serves. Such a bridge might be too narrow, might have a tight curve or bad line of sight on the approach (vertical and horizontal alignments).

Posted November 8, 2015, by Melissa L Jones (jonespbc [at] mac [dot] com)

I am sad to report this bridge no longer exists. With the completion of the new bridge, the old one was officially scrapped. This was the bridge that started my passion for photographing old iron bridges. It's like losing an old friend. I'm very sad to see it go.

Posted November 8, 2015, by Jim (j)

The TR Bridge was built in 1964-66, not 1932.

Where do I find the definition of 'functionally obsolete'?

Posted November 8, 2015, by E. Hulleman (Edhulleman [at] Juno [dot] com)

Nicely renovated & can be accessed thru the Scipio Fire Station parking lot. Not an actual bypass bridge, although it is suitable to drive thru for a scenic view

Posted November 8, 2015, by Mike Daffron (Daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Drove past the other day and found some fine and upstanding citizen had used this as a dump site for several items like a couch and so on. Jerk!

Posted November 7, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

I think this is the bridge where Lehigh and Lafayette Universitie's crews used to row. I think I've been on the bridge many years ago.

By the way, as you grew up in Quackertown, if you ever get back there, could you shoot some pictures of the Peevy Road Bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/montgomery/467046040002310/

Regards,

Art S.

Posted November 7, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have started the move for thisvtruss. We refer to it as Marsh Creek. Part of PENNDOT'S program to sell bringes. It will go to Auburn Heights Preserve after waiting patiently for vines to be removed and work to commenced under the collaboration of BACH Steel and Workin' Bridges.

Posted November 7, 2015, by Luke

Dan, it's no problem at all. :')

Posted November 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Being from the area and also growing up in quakertown i noticed differences in the pictures.In a couple of the pictures i noticed a truss bridge.This bridge is hooked up to the lehigh river bridge.I didn't know if anyone noticed that.Just thought i would mention that.

Posted November 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Jayhawk,i have to agree with you that i have never heard of a concrete arch being moved,especially one this big.Good idea to turn it into a park bridge.

Posted November 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My bad.I spelled lally wrong.Didn't catch it until i read the comments.

Posted November 7, 2015, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

I am very glad to see the updated information for the Gould Construction Company. George A. Gould was my great-grandfather. I appreciate the photos very much. Thank you!

Posted November 6, 2015, by Don Morrison

Nathan has a shot of the top of the shoe of one through truss and the roller nest of the other through truss atop one of the lally columns that has some cracking in the concrete and perhaps a little loose iron wrapping.

http://historicbridges.org/missouri/imhoff/dscf6045.jpg

Bath Creek Bridge (North Carolina)
Posted November 6, 2015, by Clara Meadows (Sunshinesalsa [dot] cm [at] gmail [dot] com)

What is the height of the bridge over Bath creek?

Posted November 6, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whoops, wrong link

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/pa/pa3700/pa3750/d...

Easton sure has a number of historic structures though!

Posted November 6, 2015, by John Marvig

http://cdn.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/pa/pa3700/pa3752/data...

I believe this is the structure? Gives a number of dates and builders.

Posted November 6, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a pin connected railroad truss bridge. Pin connected railroad truss bridges were not built in 1930. So what's the story?

Posted November 6, 2015, by MARCY (MVANDEVENTER [at] BLOOMBANK [dot] COM)

This bridge as been demolished and replaced. The new bridge will be open in the winter of 2015

Photos Missing on Site
Posted November 6, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

On many bridge pages for the last week or two, when I try to view an enlarged version of the photos, I get the message "Photo not found http://storage.bridgehunter.com/photos/xxxx". Only the most recent photos seem to be viewable. I didn't see this mentioned in the forum anywhere, so I thought I would bring it up and see if anyone knows what is going on.

Posted November 6, 2015, by Josette Martz (josettemartz [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My grandfather, James Dyer Horney (1900-1997) was the last Horney in the Logansport area. My mother was an only child, so somewhat ironically, the name has died out...

Posted November 6, 2015, by Gerald W. Williams (rev [dot] geraldwilliams [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this the former location of Green's Ferry and the Green's Ferry Bridge? I found an online book, "Industrial Development and Engineering" that advertised that bids were being taken for the construction of bridges at Grigsby Ford and Green's Ferry. I've seen a photo in several publications of a bridge that is mistakenly identified as the Rockport Bridge. In one publication the photo is identified as the Green's Ferry Bridge. In the photo a barge can be seen at the far end of the bridge.

US 80 Bridge (Louisiana)
Posted November 6, 2015, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

New bridge under construction just to the north of current bridge will remove the double curve

Posted November 6, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like solid concrete underneath...So it shouldn't cause a problem. If it had been gravel filled that would be a different story!

Posted November 6, 2015, by jayhawk

My last hope is that the DNR will take it as it is in a new state park they are creating. I'm not too confident that will happen, though.

You can't move a concrete arch bridge. It's laughable and somewhat insulting that they put it out for relocation.

Posted November 6, 2015, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Albert -

That bridge has a long history of destruction, damage and repair.

The derailment was in the mid 1950s (I have a detailed account and photos) and damaged the southernmost through truss which was replaced by the pair of deck plate girders there now. The girders have a builder's plate dated 1911. I don't know where they were originally but from about 1940 to 1955 were located on Shawnee Creek on the now abandoned spur used in construction Denison Dam and the powerhouse.

The debris below the northernmost through truss was from attempt to prevent the bridge washing away in a major flood in 1915 where several cars were loaded with coal and placed on the bridge.

In the spring of 1908 the three southernmost through trusses were completely destroyed by flooding and replaced by the mismatched set, only two of which now remain. The two northernmost through trusses survived the 1908 flood but the concrete piers and northernmost abutment were rebuilt about 1916/17. There is a date embossed on the underside.

At low water you can see the cut stones of the original piers.

The original bridge was completed in 1872 and I have a couple of photos attributed to it. About 1890 it was completely rebuilt and raised several feet.

Posted November 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted November 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge is being given away - I'm assuming to a group willing to preserve it in place. Moving iron truss bridges is a pain, I cant imagine the cost or logistics of moving a concrete span!

http://www.semissourian.com/story/2247424.html

Posted November 5, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1926 Mt. Sterling topo shows the road continuing east. The area became a recreation area in 1940. Some park history here:

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r4/siloamsp.htm#H...

The NBI lists this bridge with a 1905 build date and a '70s rehab.

Posted November 5, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Funny that I didn't see that don about the center lalley column being ripped open like that.Makes one wonder how that affects the structural integrity of the bridge.Maybe someone knows.

Posted November 5, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I work with a gent from Golden, IL; He is now 62 yrs old. His parents lived south of this bridge when he was a kid and drove down a (now defunct) county road thru this part of the Park on their way to his grandparents farm about 6 miles north of here. He said it always sounded like the boards rolled up behind as you drove over it. I have not been able to determined the road #, and was unable to visit the bridge back in June due to the park road being closed with tree / wind damage. This bridge has been wisely preserved in place at present day Siloam Springs (IL) State Park in the original picnic grounds area.

Posted November 4, 2015, by Don Morrison

Neat bridge; hope that center pier holds up.

I've never seen lally columns peeled open like that.

Posted November 4, 2015, by Albert Johnston (asjohnston3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I stopped to photograph this bridge in late October of this year. (2015) I spoke to a Union Pacific employee who happened to be their with a crew doing track maintenance. He told me that there had been a major accident - derailment on the bridge many years ago that had caused major damage to the bridge and had even resulted in several railroad cars falling into the river. He even pointed out to me what he said were the remains of one of the cars.I am interested in finding any information about this accident...

Posted November 4, 2015, by Luke

Replaced 1974 with the current lift bridge.

Posted November 4, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ian,isn't this a girder bridge in the picture?

Posted November 4, 2015, by Sandor Gulyas (sgulya1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

After 5 years of gathering funds, the demise is finally upon us.

http://delgazette.com/news/3893/delaware-county-oks-4-6m-bri...

Posted November 4, 2015, by Jay Schmitt (jaybird70460 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was upgraded I believe in the early to mid 80's to meet Interstate standards for a route that never happened. Was going to be I-410 and a beltway, but ended up as the I-510 spur we have today.

Posted November 4, 2015, by Jay Schmitt (jaybird70460 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was upgraded I believe in the early to mid 80's to meet Interstate standards for a route that never happened. Was going to be I-410 and a beltway, but ended up as the I-510 spur we have today.

Posted November 4, 2015, by Jay Schmitt (Jaybird70460 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I used to love going over this bridge as a kid. You'd get a bit of a rush over the hump.

Posted November 3, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

Around the early 2000s some of the Rush County covered bridges were rehabilitated and reinforced from a weight limit of three tons to ten tons but not this one. Its had its share of troubles. In the 1980s it sat closed in very poor condition and nearly lost. It was rehabbed for light traffic but was seriously damaged by arson in 1995. After discussion on whether it should stay or go it was restored for light traffic again. However the suffiency rating is now zero and could use an extensive rehabilitation if possible.

Posted November 3, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited bridge site October 25th, 2015. Beautiful structure, great photo ops here too. Just about 15 mins south of Blackwater / I-70.

Posted November 3, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited location on October 23rd, 2015; Awesome structure and location. Great photo ops await.....

Posted November 2, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good news! Funding for Green Bridge Raised- Restoration to Proceed - See more at: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/10/08/funding-for...

Posted November 2, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Checked location today; Bridge is gone, replaced by a steel / concrete stringer.

Posted November 2, 2015, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The replacement bridge is well underway. I would guess this one will be lost in 2016 or 2017.

Posted November 2, 2015, by John Childs (oldcolonyrunning [at] gmail [dot] com)

The towers are built and electrical component installation and related items is ongoing. The center span is assembled and is awaiting installation. However, project completion has been delayed by design or manufacturing problems with lift mechanism components. Expected completion date now closer to 2017.

Posted November 2, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge gets second life

Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015 7:30 am

Bridge gets second life By SALLY YORK, Argus-Press Staff Writer The Argus-Press |

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Shiawassee County Road Commission is selling the long-closed Martin Road Bridge in Caledonia Township — for one dollar.

The deteriorated bridge will be restored and installed next summer in Auburn Heights Preserve, a tourist attraction in Delaware that recreates life at the dawn of the automotive age.

“There are no funds available to save this bridge, and it is in such disrepair that someday it will fall in the river,” said Brent Friess, managing director of the Road Commission, which owns the bridge.

“Now the bridge will live, and show its glory.”

The historic metal truss bridge, which has spanned the Shiawassee River since 1885, will be disassembled and transported to Michigan experts for restoration in a few weeks.

Restoring and moving the bridge to its new home will cost an estimated $600,000.

The bridge was closed to traffic in 1987 because the structure sagged and was deemed unsafe. The closure divided Martin Road, a short gravel roadway bounded by Lytle and Kerby roads, into two dead ends.

The sale of the bridge, unanimously approved by the Road Commission Tuesday, was prompted by a phone call from Julie Bowers, executive director of the North Skunk Green River Association in Grinnell, Iowa, an intermediary for Auburn Heights Preserve.

“You have a bridge we want to buy,” Bowers told a surprised Friess.

As Bowers discovered through research, the Martin Road Bridge was ideal for the Preserve’s needs. For one thing, it was the right size, 119 feet long and 15 feet wide.

It also has an interesting history, being the only surviving bridge in Michigan erected by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Ohio and one of the oldest metal truss highway bridges in the state.

In 1990, the bridge was listed on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites.

Finally, “it’s a beautiful bridge with very unique features,” Bowers said, citing its wrought-iron vertical posts, the detail on its forged end loops and riveted portals.

The Road Commission was open to the idea of selling the bridge. Repairing the deteriorating bridge and large-stone abutments would cost $350,000 to $450,000. Removing the structure: Roughly $50,000.

“In the past, there have been attempts to raise funds to refurbish the bridge, but to no avail,” Friess said. “The Road Commission owns the bridge and would be responsible for it if the bridge became in such disrepair that it had to be removed for safety or environmental reasons.

“This would be a costly undertaking, and one the Road Commission does not want to take the chance of occurring.”

In 1991, money to replace the old bridge with a modern concrete structure became available through the state’s bridge fund.

However, residents fought to keep the old bridge, even if it remained closed, saying they didn’t want increased traffic and that a modern bridge would be unattractive.

Leading the charge to save the old bridge was Sheila Ralph, who grew up on Martin Road. She and the late Margaret Zdunic had nominated the bridge for the State Register of Historic Sites. Ralph launched a successful petition drive.

“I could not see them tearing down this beautiful old bridge,” said Ralph, owner of Sheila’s Hair Salon in Owosso.

Twenty-four years later, she shares the Road Commission’s concerns about the bridge’s fate if it isn’t sold.

“I would hate to see it fall in the river,” Ralph said. “If someone else can enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed it, then I’m thrilled to death they’re going to save this old bridge.”

Auburn Heights Preserve, located in Yorklyn, Delaware, is a private/public partnership of the Delaware Department of Environmental Control Unit and the nonprofit Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve.

The Preserve features a furnished mansion built in 1897 and the Marshall Steam Museum, which boasts the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world.

Currently, Preserve officials — through the Iowa-based association — are purchasing several historic bridges for the attraction, including ones in Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

The Martin Road Bridge will be a point of interest in the Preserve, Bowers said, traversed by pedestrians, bicycles and antique cars. Signage will tell its history.

“The bridge is going to be preserved with in-kind techniques to make it look like it came from the factory that day in 1885,” Bowers said.

“Many people will see it, enjoy it and hear its story.”

photo by The Argus Press

Posted November 2, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to agree with you ian that this bridge is the rail bridge you mentioned,not the pony truss which is on thiss listing.

Posted November 1, 2015, by Ian Martin

George,

I'd hazard a guess that it's this railroad bridge (https://goo.gl/NmSegj; http://bridgehunter.com/oh/wood/nyc---portage-river/), which is located further south along the same road.

Ian


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