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Posted January 18, 2014, by Bill curry (Wwcurry [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unofficially called the KMI Memorial bridge

Posted January 18, 2014, by Anonymous

there's another through truss up in orono over the west fork penobscot.

Posted January 17, 2014, by Anonymous

This bridge is good

Author's Choice for Spectacular Disaster
Posted January 17, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Congratulations to the Railroad Trestle Bridge of San Saba, Texas for winning the Author's Choice Awards for Spectacular Bridge Disaster. It was one that was expected and also one that will be talked about in the classroom and engineering offices. More info here:

Thanks to those who took part in the voting, both originally as well as in the run-off.


Posted January 16, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The bridge in the picture certainly looks like a Phoenix Column bridge to me. Anyone have any details on it?

Posted January 16, 2014, by CANALLER

K.F. & J.S.--

I had to re-schedule an appointment this afternoon, so I have the rest of the day off. Since the bridges are only 1/2-hour away, I should have enough daylight left to get some additional angles without all the tree leaves and brush. You guys can take a look at them and have copies of any that you like.


Posted January 16, 2014, by Don Morrison

Here's a new feature to add to the website for 2014. A spot for bridgecams.

Here's one:

Updated at 15 second intervals, rotating views.


Posted January 16, 2014, by Anonymous

There's a pedestrian bridge downstream. through truss I believe.

Posted January 16, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

CANALLER and Fischer,

I'm writing an update on some of the bridges for the Bridgehunter's Chronicles with an option of doing an article touring the Erie Canal Bridges. I was wondering if I could use a few of your pictures of the Peet Street and another aforementioned bridge in Niagra County for an article. If you could send them to the e-mail address with the attribute on them, that would be much appreciated. Thanks.


Smith Awards for Spectacular Bridge Disaster: Run-off vote ends tonight at 12:00am
Posted January 16, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to vote on the Spectacular Disaster Run-off is today at 12:00am (Central Time), 7:00am Berlin Time on Friday. Remember, there are three candidates to vote for: The I-5 Skagit River Bridge disaster, the Newcastle Bridge Tornado Tragedy in Oklahoma and the Railroad Trestle Fire and Collapse in San Sabo County, Texas. View the links either here or on the Bridgehunter's Chronicles' facebook page and vote on your candidate, either by liking the article if on facebook, or send your vote by e-mail at Winner to be announced tomorrow in the The Bridgehunter's Chronicles.

Posted January 15, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Then "simply" close it off to traffic and leave it in place.

Posted January 15, 2014, by Anonymous

New street view added

Posted January 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Pity, because this was an 1882 Columbia Bridge Works bridge that had been relocated here in the mid 1930s according to:

Figure 13 within the document is a picture of it.

Posted January 15, 2014, by Anonymous

Some photos of this bridge under construction

Posted January 15, 2014, by Will Bollinger (Mustangwill [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Could anyone give me any information about this bridge. I would like to relocate it to my farm. Please email me at

Thank you

Posted January 15, 2014, by William (metalgod8 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

January 14, 2014

VDOT Press Release


Waterloo Road structure deemed unsafe due to significant deterioration

CULPEPER –The 136-year-old bridge on Route 613 (Waterloo Road) that carries traffic over the Rappahannock River between Culpeper and Fauquier counties will be closed to traffic due to its condition. The closure will be effective on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The truss structure, made of wrought iron and built in 1878, was posted for a three-ton maximum vehicle weight prior to the closure. Despite that restriction and numerous repairs through the years, advancing age and the weather took their toll on the bridge’s supporting members.

Following its most recent inspection, bridge engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation determined that the deterioration was too severe to continue to allow traffic to use the bridge.

For the 680 vehicles that use the bridge each day, the closure will require a detour using Route 211 (Lee Highway) and Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) in Fauquier County. Route 613 (Jeffersonton Road) on the east side of the bridge will be closed to through traffic. On the Culpeper County side traffic will still be able to use Route 613 (Waterloo Road) and Route 622 (Old Bridge Road) as far east as the intersection of those two routes.

VDOT will work with local officials in Fauquier and Culpeper County to determine the best course of action.

For more information about Virginia’s bridges and the Virginia Department of Transportation’s bridge inspection program, including current conditions of the state’s bridges, FAQs and video of a bridge inspection, visit VDOT’s web site,

Posted January 15, 2014, by Susan Miller (redhorsestudio101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love this bridge and want to come see it someday. I watched the movie Lawless and the scenery is gorgeous there. I hope the bridge never gets vandalized. These bridges are treasures.

Posted January 14, 2014, by Anonymous

I had read in the Columbus Republic today (1/14/14) that the county is wanting to tear down this Big Bridge , Please restore (do not replace) this Big Bridge , there is absolutely nothing wrong with this Big Bridge that would cause it to be replaced with one of those eyesore concrete bridges where we cannot see the water when we go across the bridge - these Big Bridges are beautiful and exciting to go across, it is just as exciting as riding on a roller coaster or if I found $1000.00 in cash as is it when I go across a Big Bridge , and I will be furious when I see this and other iron / steel and covered Big Bridges get torn down , please preserve and restore these Big Bridges when it is falling apart and make it stronger and hold heavier vehicles , these iron and steel and covered big bridges are a masterpiece work of art that needs to be kept and taken care of so it does not get torn down , keep these beautiful structures strong so they will last for years , I don't understand why that is when someone tears down an Iron, steel or covered bridge , they don't replace it with another iron or steel or covered Big Bridge that is stronger and better than the one that got torn down rather than replacing it with one of those eyesore and senseless Concrete Bridges that makes me mad , these concrete bridges that replace the very wrongfully torn down Iron , steel and covered Big Bridges are not right because they are not fancy and ornate and exciting to go across as the iron and steel and covered bridges are , I feel like I found $1'000.00 when I go across an Iron , Steel or Covered Big Bridge - but when I see they replaced a Steel or a Covered or an Iron Big Bridge - I don't even want to see the area anymore where the Big Bridge was - that is how furious it makes me when I see that an Iron , Steel or Covered big Bridge is gone with an eyesore concrete Bridge , I think people should repair and fix worn down parts on Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and Not tear down the bridges and re - open them up after the repairs are done and make them wider so then that way county roads will be double lanes and highways will be quad lanes, I always wonder what are people thinking when they decide on tearing down a beautiful Iron , Steel , Covered Big Bridge instead of improving it and making it better and nicer and leaving it where it has been for years or use it somewhere else on another road , these Iron and Steel and covered Big Bridges would not become rarer and more scarce if there were people who would preserve and restore and make these bridges stronger and not tear them down and replace them with eyesore concrete bridges - I cannot even see the water when I go across the Concrete Bridges which is very unfair and rude , this big bridge reminds me so much of the span of the George Steenbarger Big Bridge across Flat Rock River on 800N in Bartholomew County that was also very senselessly and wrongfully torn down in 1992 instead of being fixed and repaired and now one of those eyesore concrete Bridges exist where it should not be at ,I would not mind it if the county would repair or fix problems with the Iron , Steel or Covered Big Bridges , but to tear them down and replace them with an eyesore concrete bridge is just plain senseless , infuriating , unfair and wrong. I totally discourage Iron and steel and Covered Big Bridges being torn down unless it is to be replaced with a better and stronger Iron and Steel and Covered Bridge , I expect the U.S. Highway department to tear down the eyesore concrete bridge across the Flat Rock River on HWY 31 in Bartholomew County because the Steel Big Bridge should Still be there because it was not a problem - I do wait on the Hendricks Ford Bridge on county road 950 N in Bartholomew County Indiana to be repaired so traffic can cross it . tearing down the Steel and Iron and Covered Big Bridges is just plain frustrating and infuriating and torturous and unfair . they need to be preserved and restored - not torn down - tearing down is not the correct answer to saving and restoring these beautiful Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges. I would love it if someone would start restoring the Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and tear down the eyesore concrete ones where there was once Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges and replace the eyesore Concrete Bridges with what was Previously there before putting in the eyesore concrete bridges. Another way to think of the feeling I get when I go across / through a Iron / Steel / Covered big Bridge is the same exact feeling when someone is riding on a roller coaster , I love that rushing exciting feeling and that doesn't happen when I go across one of those eyesore concrete bridges. I don't think that tearing down a Iron - Steel and Covered Bridge is a good answer , strengthening and improving the Iron - Steel and Covered bridge and making it last a lot longer is the correct answer , So Restore and improve the Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridges - we don't want to see the eyesore concrete bridges we keep seeing when an Iron and Steel and Covered Big Bridge gets torn down - those eyesore concrete bridges make me want to cover my eyes and ears and scream because I know what was once there should still be there ( an Iron or Steel or a Covered Big Bridge that got unfairly torn down )I just want the big bridges saved , preserved and not torn down where we cannot see and use them , I had heard that the George Steenbarger Big Bridge was going to be relocated to Mill Race Park after it got torn down from Flat Rock River on 800N in Bartholomew County or taken to the Henry Breeding Farm in Edinburgh but neither of those happened but the Span on this Big Bridge is an exact duplicate to 1 of the 3 spans that was on the George Steenbarger Big Bridge

Posted January 14, 2014, by Kris Dyer (saveriversidebridge [at] gmail [dot] com)

Donna Baxter took this picture of the Linden Bridge April 1961 after it collapsed with a vehicle on it. She said "Photo I took in April 1961 right after the Linden Bridge fell with a car on it. The first news was someone needing the party line because "the bridge just fell down. I went immediately to the east side of the river and took the photo.I believe 2 people were in the car but were not killed."

Posted January 14, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

I wonder how long this bridge is going to be in that field. I moved the pin to current location. The Whitney Bridge in King County lay in a field northwest of its successor for about 15 years. Then suddenly it was gone.

Posted January 14, 2014, by Jack Schmidt (jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This bridge was moved to the side and a replacement bridge put in it's place. I took a photo of the bridge and it's replacement on June 9, 2009


Posted January 14, 2014, by Rob (zyzacks [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I understand that a portion of this bridge burned several weeks ago. Can anyone verify that? Pictures?

Posted January 14, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted January 14, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In the response letter, since they are losing this bridge, they are going to rehabilitate and reopen county bridge #13 which is a historic truss based on the letter.

Smith Awards Run-off for spectacular disaster
Posted January 13, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Hi all,

At the request of some readers, I've also put the candidates for the Run-off in the Category of Spectacular Disasters here, for you to look at and vote. Please submit your votes via e-mail or messenger on my facebook page. The deadline still remains at Thursday at 12:00am with the winner being announced on Friday.




So now you have two options of voting: here and through the Chronicles' facebook page. Hope this helps and looking forward to your votes.


Posted January 13, 2014, by Jerry Davis (jrdavis1 [at] tds [dot] net)

I drove past the bridge site Jan. 13, 2014 and sadly have to report that the bridge is completely gone, just rubble left on the stream banks. Don't know if the county removed it or a recent flood event on Conns Creek might have caused it to collapse.

Posted January 13, 2014, by Evin Fairchild (evindfair [at] gmail [dot] com)

A few of the pictures here are of the north portal of the Battery Street Tunnel. Since there is a separate page for the tunnel, those pictures should be moved there.

Ammann Awards Results:
Posted January 13, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

And lo and behold! The results have been tallied and here are the results of the Ammann Awards, written in two parts, for you to read and awe in enjoyment. Please keep in mind of the run-off for spectacular bridge disaster going on right now, plus changes expected to take place for the 2014 Awards.


Many thanks for the voting for those who did the honors! :-)


Posted January 13, 2014, by K Fischer (jwperson [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is slated for removal this spring 2014. Contract is being let right now. This contract also includes the Peet Street Bridge which is also closed.

Posted January 13, 2014, by K Fischer (jwperson [at] aol [dot] com)

The NYSDOT has the removal of this bridge scheduled for 2014. Contract is now out for bid. I will try to get photographs of this bridge before it is removed.

Ammann Awards Results:
Posted January 13, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

The Bridgehunter's Chronicles would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to submit their votes in. The results of the votes will come this afternoon US time.

There will be a run-off for the category of Spectacular Bridge Disasters, as we have a tie for first place among two candidates and one candidate having one vote less in second place. Go the Chronciles' Facebook group or page, view the candidates and provide a like to the one you think should win. The candidate with the most likes wins the category. You have until Thursday with the winner being announced on Friday.

Posted January 13, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Depends on the manner in which the beams will be placed. In Minneapolis, I saw a truss in which the entire bottom chord, flooring system, and basically the lower portion of the verticals were either removed or encased in concrete on top of replacement bridge... a huge loss of integrity, materials, and function. In contrast, sometimes, they just put stringers underneath the floor beams, and thus the material integrity... if not the function... of the trusses is retained.

In either case, I field visited this bridge and there is no reason it could not have been rehabilitated for vehicular traffic. Nothing seriously wrong with the trusses.

Posted January 12, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

They did the same with the Merriam Street and Washington Ave bridges in Minneapolis so it's not a surprise really. At least Blue Earth County has a change of heart and decided to save this piece of history. :-)


Posted January 12, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Don't know if you could call it saved since they will be just placing it on top of a steel stringer bridge. Just makes the bridge really nice railings. But none the less at the least the truss its self is being saved.

Posted January 12, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

if anyone happens to know whats going on with this bridge please post it here.

Posted January 12, 2014, by Michael Ballard (michael [at] sdrocksnroads [dot] com)

This bridge is still there. It is just beneath the current Metro Expo Line bridge.

Posted January 12, 2014, by Patrick S. O'Donnell (1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net)

It is quite obvious that the "13'-8" is the roadway clearance and if you want an exact figure then you even have to measure it yourself. Even if it is recorded somewhere it may not be accurate. Look at the Royal Gorge Bridge where it was for ~80 years advertised as "1,053 feet", and only relatively recently discovered to be 955 feet. I was using the photo as a rough estimate being able to see the river in it and using the roadway clearance as a gauge. Then there is the issue of the river's height at the time of jumping.

Oden Bridge (Arkansas)
Posted January 12, 2014, by Linda (lynally11 [at] aol [dot] com)

I have spent a lot of hours playing on this bridge ..brings back a lot of memories of my childhood growing up in Oden...great people lived in that town

Posted January 12, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, I tend to have trouble with the penns and parkers.

Posted January 12, 2014, by Matt Lohry

Got you covered, J.P.; this one's a Pennsylvania through truss. And a nice one at that!

Posted January 12, 2014, by Thomas Rickman (wtrickman [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a picture from the Webbers Falls Museum showing the old bridge. It was so narrow that it had a stoplight on each end to facilitate crossing.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Evin Fairchild (evindfair [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, it's amazing that a bridge this old is still around! I think it's neat that the first bridge built across the Columbia River is still standing, even when others built after it are long-gone.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Jake (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted January 11, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not sure if I got the design right, could someone double check me.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Matt Lohry

The 13'-8" sign indicates the clearance from the roadway to the overhead portal bracing, not from the road to the river. The only way to really know the clearance from the lower chord to the river is to physically measure it, unless it's recorded on a data site somewhere.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Patrick S. O'Donnell (1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net)

@Larry Lee: Using the photo accompanying this listing and the overhead clearance of the bridge being 13'-8", I'd say it was more like 15 feet from the railing top to river. If you were standing on the lower chord of the bridge just outside of the railing, then about ten feet.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Larry Lee (lwinlee [at] aol [dot] com)

In the summer of 1949 when I was about 10, I spent two weeks at nearby Camp Mondamin. One day, two other camp friends and I found out way to this bridge, where after considerable exhortations and dares, we each in turn jumped off the structure into the Strong River. Although thrilled and relieved to have survived without injury or drowning, I don't believe I ever told my parents about this extracurricular activity.

I still remember the sensation of free-falling and then hitting the water. I did not know the height of the bridge, but at the time it seemed (and we boasted )it was a 30 or 40 foot plunge.

Can anyone provide me with the measurement from the roadway deck or horizontal railing to the water level? I suspect it is no more than 20 feet or so, but I'd love to know how erroneous my childhood imagination may be off.


Posted January 11, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

VPR podcast on recent efforts to move up the rehab.

Posted January 11, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo of the bridge, the park claims it was built in the 1890's and is wrought iron. thoughts on that?

Posted January 11, 2014, by Anonymous

Just so you'd know....

There is a pratt through truss bridge over the medomak river on the MERR.

Posted January 11, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

An RFP for the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge has been issued by the City of Bloomington for Design and Construction Administration Services. If there is someone that can take this project on at the design level stage, if there is an engineer out there that would like to work with us on this project I will forward the RFP and move forward to build the team. Standard certs for Minnesota required.

The proposal is due by end of January.

Posted January 10, 2014, by Ervin Hoffmeister III (ervinhoff3 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

1/07/14 it is sad to say the town is not able to take possession of the bridge. On the completion of the new bridge the state will demolish the old bridge and the entire old segment over the slew bottoms . They stated they will completely remove the old road bed and all of the bridge and return it to its natural look before the bridge was constructed. Sadly it looks like there will soon be no trace this bridge ever existed ! I will sadly miss the old bridge ! I hope her last sister bridge A Newport AR will be saved by the city of Newport. They are currently looking into taking ownership of that bridge and restoring it and turning it into A historic walking trail and over look!

Posted January 10, 2014, by Don Morrison

Yeah. Going back in time on Google Earth shows the old bridge on a different alignment slightly to the north of this bridge.

Posted January 10, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What railroads do is if they are required to build an overpass yet have a spare bridge sitting around from an old river crossing or something, they will create a one lane bridge of it.

One example is

This structure crosses former Illinois Central tracks in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The structure originated from the approach to the Dubuque Rail Bridge. Two separate spans have found their way around Dubuque County from this bridge as well, all being purposed.

Posted January 10, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is called Eagle Bridge, and the eagle emblem carried over from a predecessor bridge:

Posted January 10, 2014, by Jack Schmidt (jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net)

The picture I took on July 13, 2011 must be the new replacement bridge.

Posted January 10, 2014, by Zachary S

Hmm... well that's a bit disconcerting. I know it's been sitting here abandoned for decades totally out of the way and thus I can't see any legitimate reason why they would want to demolish it now, but perhaps liability issues have led to the need for a fence? Kind of unfortunate since one of its main uses ought to be pedestrian. Hopefully that's not a bad thing and they still intend to do something with it. Not many communities nowadays have a large abandoned truss like this one with the opportunity to turn it into a pedestrian trail or public access area. Fingers crossed.

Posted January 10, 2014, by Chris Knight

I found some nice old Photos including a really cool Model of this bridge on a Parade Float here:

Posted January 10, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

there are photos of the bridge on this page.

Weston Road Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted January 10, 2014, by Anonymous

I remember jumping off this bridge into the huge piles of snow on the tracks after the Blizzard of '78...good times!

Posted January 10, 2014, by Bradley Roberson (roberson [dot] bd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unsure if they are still considering the park/walking trail idea, but wanted to add to the post about how to access the bridge.

As of a few weeks ago, a fence and gate has been set into place on the south (Blount County) side of the bridge to keep persons and vehicles from going up the short section of road leading to the bridge. As I said, I do not know what the future plans are, but I'm remaining hopeful since this is a very popular area for kayakers, campers, photographers, etc.

Posted January 10, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

A friend posted about this online and I see Mike Goff's comment below.

Here's another media article/coverage link.

2013 Ammann Awards: Author's Choice
Posted January 10, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

As the votes are being submitted and tallied for the Ammann Awards, I chose my favorite candidates for the Smith Awards. Check out the candidates and let me know what you think. Happy reading:-)

Posted January 9, 2014, by Craig (Cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)
Posted January 9, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

The Murray Morgan Bridge is one of the many deserving candidates for the 2013 Othmar H. Ammann Award for Historic Preservation.

Its local paper the Tacoma News Tribune featured an article last year detailing the groups that pressured the city of Tacoma and state of Washington towards preservation and not demolition as the Port of Tacoma favoured. That article has since disappeared, the link missing or behind a paywall now. Retirees, the historical society, and other civic organizations came together with a goal of seeing the Murray Morgan celebrate it's 100th birthday and more to come.

The bridge takes it's current moniker from a beloved local historian and writer who spent a couple years as the bridge tender on the bridge. What Jack Kerouac was to lookouts, Murray Morgan was to bridge tenders, in the Pacific Northwest.

The Port of Tacoma expanded over the years as imports increased from the Asian Rim. Bigger and wider container ships made maneuvering through the Blair Bridge difficult. Proposals were floated to rebuild the Blair drawbridge to allow for larger ships or even a bridge high enough that clearance would not be a problem. The Port nixed those ideas. They wanted removal and nothing ever there again. What the Port of Tacoma wants they usually get. The Blair Bridge was demolished January 1997 severing 11th Street that connected the downtown area to Browns Point-Dash Point. Drivers now use the 509 extension around the Port area to get to Browns Point.

The Port having won the Blair Bridge battle set it's sights on the Hylebos. It seemed a good place to expand with a long waterway. A bridge stood in the way. At some point an inexperienced bridge tender, there are those who insist sabotage, caused the drive shafts to break. That bridge remained in the upright position for boat traffic as a prolong debate began about whether or not it was worth fixing. Why not demolish? Someone noticed after several years of inaction that the Port of Tacoma through expansion and development had now only one road to evacuate in the event of an emergency. Oops. Repairs on the Hylebos Bridge where thus completed at a much higher cost that if they fixed it back when all of this occurred in the first place.

The Murray Morgan Bridge was also seen by the Port of Tacoma as standing in the way of progress. The Eastern shore of City (Thea Foss) Waterway was thought to have been a good spot for more container farms allowing unloading/transport of goods. Locals in the end prevailed although in the renovation of the Murray Morgan they painted the counterbalances “City of Tacoma” on one side and “Port of Tacoma” on the other.

The renovated Murray Morgan Bridge features a black coat of paint on all but the top overhead that was said to be too expensive/time consuming to continue work on. The sidewalks that were on either side where removed to be placed next to a reduced traffic configuration, two lanes as opposed to four. The car deck that once connected from Cliff Street down to Dock was also scrapped. City leaders feared homeless people would camp on it if it remained although it seemed well fenced off in my opinion.

The bridge opened to two dedications an informal and formal one. For the next few months PCL Civil Constructors finished up work on the bridge before it finally opened for good.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Jim Strickland (jstric63 [at] att [dot] net)

FYI This bridge is still very much in use.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was reviewing my detail photos for this bridge and found distinctive details of the Penn Bridge Company on this bridge. Such as little medallions on the portal bracing that read "PENN." It is documented by the Historic Bridge Inventory that James B. Diver built this bridge... but he must have just done the erection, and actually purchased the bridge from Penn Bridge Company. See details and discussion on my page at

Ammann Award Voting Deadline January 11th
Posted January 9, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

You still have a couple days to submit your votes for the candidates of this year's Bridge Bowl, known as the Ammann Awards. Deadline to submit will be 11th of January at 11:00pm Central Time (12th January 6:00am Berlin Time). As soon as they are tallied, the winners will be announced on the 13th. If you haven't voted yet, now's the time to do so! Let's hope we have clear winners across the board!

Posted January 9, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm glad to see this structure finally listed. I spotted it on a drive by last spring, but did not have the time to stop. As always nice work K.A.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If I had to guess, I would estimate this trestle to be 100' to 125' above Graves Creek, but that is just an estimate. I may or may not have walked the trestle when photographing it, so it should be a reasonable estimate.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge suffered some fairly serious damage last night after a rock smashed through the deck and rail. Hopefully, the structural damage is minimal and repairs can be made.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Laura Huffman (laurah [at] pulaskicountyusa [dot] com)

Article from the 1986 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette

Posted January 9, 2014, by Michael (erwinemg [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anyone know the height of this trestle? I used to live near it.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)


The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that a weight limit restriction of 12-tons, as well as a 10 mph speed, has been placed on the Indiana 225 Bridge over the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County.

Based upon a recent inspection of the bridge, INDOT has determined that vehicles weighing over 12-tons are not allowed to travel on the structure.

Officials said the bridge’s current conditions is the reason for the restriction.

Signs reading “Weight Limit 12 Tons” have been posted on both sides of the bridge. The signs are also at the intersection of Indiana 43 and Indiana 225, and the intersection of Old Indiana 25 and Indiana 225.

INDOT is looking into options for repairs.

Posted January 9, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, those were a couple of the bridges I was thinking of. I don't know which company built the lattice spans on the Pegram Truss. Edgemoor might have, but their involvement may have been limited to the center span.

Posted January 9, 2014, by William Frisk (wcjfrisk [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was destroyed in December 2013 due to it being too low by Federal standards for nearby Interstate entrance ramp approach. The stone abutments remain in place as well as the swing bridge over Swan Creek to the North of Collingwood Extension. A through truss bridge to the South about half a mile over the former New York Central also remains. It was raised by CSX and placed on I beam seats to gain clearance. The bridges were last used about 1980 when several warehouses still had rail delivery.

Posted January 9, 2014, by irene szabo (treeweenie [at] aol [dot] com)

I live around the corner from this bridge (Swanson Rd, Livingston County, NY). No longer closed because it was totally replaced over a year ago. So much for historic significance. anyway, local people very happy to have it back, but I've lost a peaceful dog walk across there. amish neighbors especially are relieved to have it open .

Posted January 8, 2014, by Evin Fairchild (evindfair [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for this info. Wasn't expecting someone to notice my question and update this page as quickly as you did. Again, many thanks!

Posted January 8, 2014, by Jane Ernst (janemernst [at] verizon [dot] net)

Before the street names were changed to numbered streets, this was Harmon Street. Harmon was the founder of Waverly.

Posted January 8, 2014, by CANALLER

The bridge is on private Beech Nut property. The canal trail runs on the roadbed of the West Shore R.R. across the street. Beech Nut has just re-located to a new facility a few miles away.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Dustin Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Location: 36­°11'46.59"N, 86°31'10.51"W

Posted January 8, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Posted January 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Can you attach the 1965 picture of this bridge that is presently linked to the Lenticular truss next to it?


Art S.

Posted January 8, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

a very interesting reuse of a railroad bridge by a factory. I'm not a fan of it being enclosed but at least its standing.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And the outer spans of this one as well...

This one is credited to Edge Moor Bridge Works

Posted January 8, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like some shared heritage is a good possibility on those two!

Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Robert Elder suggests that this bridge resembles one from mid Kansas. Comparing portal braces it may be along the lines of:

Valkommen Trail Smoky Hill River Bridge

Posted January 8, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is extremely similar in design to the railroad bridges on the UP line in central Kansas. Whether it was moved from the Midwest is hard to say, but the builder is almost certainly the same.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a repair job:

"The 100-year-old Judith River trestle bridge carries a single freight line over the Judith River and provides the only cost-effective means of shipping agricultural products from numerous small communities. Repairs include rebuilding concrete pier foundations, restoring steel towers and bridge girders, and making related upgrades that will improve the load-carrying capacity of the rail line, as well as providing protection from any similar damage that may be caused by future flooding of the river. "

Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

That is the thinking that the two lattice spans were relocated. From where is the mystery. The government constructed the line to service the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Perhaps another railroad had two available lattice spans to complete the crossing.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found a webcam for this bridge here:

The presence of a construction webcam and construction equipment visible under the bridge lead one to speculate if this bridge is about to be demolished.

Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

If you have to ask why Anonymous you probably voted for him, Paul "Child labor laws cause damage to our economy" LePage.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very nice bridge! Am thinking the 1950 plate and date refers to when the girder spans were fabricated. The lattice spans are likely older. Maybe they relocated the lattice spans here and paired them with new girder spans?

Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

To answer your question Evin, this bridge was constructed over a period of years, 1921 to 1924. Everything complete by the later year although there were repairs and additions over time.

This bridge replaced a Howe timber truss c. 1910. As the railroad desires to keep freight moving they likely worked in the new components bit by bit.

I've added fabricators/builders that were previously unlisted.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Evin Fairchild (evindfair [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know when this bridge was built?

Posted January 8, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Max Cast's Doris Park and Steve Maxon described for the camera the process to be used to cast the original King Iron Bridge Co., Cleveland, O. sign for the Bunker Mill Bridge.

They have offered, and if we get permission, to sell aluminum versions. We will see where that goes.

The original sign will go back to the Kalona Historic Village and two signs will grace the portals with iron, once again.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Don, the Delaware Aqueduct has an unusual history because as your statement implies you are aware, the bridge was severely altered many years ago when the Aqueduct portion was removed, making it look and function like a regular bridge. More recently, modern (not original) wooden materials were used to reconstruct and replica the Aqueduct portion that had been removed, while at the same time retaining the ability for pedestrians to walk on it (meaning it was not filled with water). As for the paragraph to which you refer on this page, I believe it is a word-for-word quote from the Historic American Engineering Record documentation for this bridge... which is in itself unusual because they should have been aware that the Delaware Aqueduct was altered.

Posted January 8, 2014, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Suggest delete the phrase "aside from John A Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct".

Posted January 7, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

News articles must have been wrong (big surprise) as the latest Notice to Contractors includes a contract to rehabilitate (not replace) this bridge. Looks like a lot of rivets will be replaced with bolts, but the truss and even the railing will be left in place.

Posted January 7, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Original plans show this arch was original of traditional design with attractive paneled railings. The bridge was widened with box beams. The bridge is to be demolished and replaced in 2014. Based on the photos here, it seems the box beams are in worse shape than the older arch portion of the bridge. Yet another example of how modern bridges are inferior to historic bridges.

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