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Posted June 25, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Support the preservation of this great bridge!

Posted June 25, 2013, by angela (a [dot] d [dot] lukong [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is so TRAGIC! I pray that anyone/all involved is rapidly caught and given the full extent of the law & then some.

My 70yo mother was to be married at the old bridge next month (July). The bridge was a part of her child & teenage years. She is originally from Wilkesville.

She is so saddened by this and just broke down in tears when I told her this horrific story.

How can people be so cold hearted evil.

Posted June 25, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is older than 1937 that is for sure. There are numerous relocated trusses in Northern California and it has been difficult to figure out where these structures came from and when.

There is even one instance, the Walker Bridge, where an 1893 bridge built in Sacramento was moved to rural Siskiyou County in 1932, then returned to Sacramento in 1997.

Posted June 25, 2013, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Traffic has just been shifted to the new bridge, even though construction work continues, Demolition of the historic truss bridge should commence soon.

Posted June 24, 2013, by Art S (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Looks like a mid 1880's bridge to me.

Posted June 24, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger

I have the "Covered Bridges on the Byways of Indiana" book. I can try to scan the pic if that would work.

Posted June 24, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm pretty sure that's a Bailey truss.

Posted June 24, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wonder what this bridge is? I think it is a Bailey Truss, but not sure. Need more imput.

Anyway I do not think that the NBI build date is correct. It seems to be much older than the stated year and I guess that the build year is a rehab year. Anyway, if this bridge is 4 years old then it has really gone downhill!

Posted June 24, 2013, by Robert Thompson

This is why remote-controlled bridges may not be such a good idea...

Lucien Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted June 24, 2013, by Phillip Hancock (phancock [at] surewest [dot] net)

I loved your pictures of the bridge near my homestead there in Lucien, MS. I grew up there and saw them build that bridge and put it in place. I heard the pile drivers daily as they drove the timbers in to anchor the bridge in place. It was a reminder that the bridge I grew up with was now a part of history and would be torn down. The old "Swinging Bridge", as we called it was, for a lot of folk, a way out to highway 84 but to us kids it was a playground of sorts. Using the sway of the bridge from fully loaded trucks gave us a reverse bungee lift as the vehicle went from section to section. We could get a 15 to 20 foot rise hanging onto the rope tied to the longest span when fully flexed.

I was wondering if you had any pictures that showed that old swinging bridge in its heyday around the late 30's and early 40's? Three of my girls on the Lucien Bridge

Posted June 24, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I might have an old postcard or two of the bridge Roy... I'll let you know via E-mail if I do. Also check your library to see if they have a copy of Bryan Ketcham's book "Covered Bridges on the byways of Indiana". The picture dates from the 1940's and I remember it having a Poppers Clothing ad on the portal.

Brandy Gap Tunnel (West Virginia)
Posted June 24, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Brandy Gap Tunnel is the easternmost tunnel on the North Bend Rail Trail in West Virginia. There are currently 13 tunnels along this trail. The trail passes through 10 of them and beside 3 others. There used to be more tunnels along this route, but many of them probably got "daylighted" and converted into large cuts.

I am hoping to visit West Virginia sometime this year, and I will make a valiant attempt to photograph as many of these tunnels as possible.

Posted June 24, 2013, by Jonathan Ment (jonathan [at] mentgroup [dot] com)

Several Photos from April, 2011

Posted June 24, 2013, by Jonathan Ment (jonathan [at] mentgroup [dot] com)

This bridge was completely destroyed and washed away during Hurricane Irene, Aug. 28, 2011.

Construction of a new bridge across the now wider span began June 20, 2013.

Posted June 23, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Larry, looks like you had a great weekend of photos and each new bridge posting you have created on Hwy 70 CA is a duplicate of an existing bridge file. I encourage you to add your excellent photos to the existing bridge file to save the webmaster the hassles involved in removing duplicate bridge pages.

Posted June 23, 2013, by Barbara Cohen (allbar [at] aol [dot] com)

I am President of a museum in Phoenixville, PA where this bridge was built. We would like to use Kent Findley's photograph of this historic bridge for our web site. We have located many Phoenix bridges in many different states. Our museum is the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Our web site is: You may contact me at 610-783-0645.

Thank you

Barbara Cohen

Posted June 23, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

Thanks for your help Angela. I visited Cumberland, MD last weekend and learned a lot about the transportation, including bridges. I have corrected the bridge data since.

Posted June 23, 2013, by Roy Smith (rssdsbs [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was born and raised in Brookville and crossed that bridge every day going to school. I'd like to find a good picture so my wife could paint it.

Posted June 23, 2013, by DONALD SOWERS (desowers [at] centurylink [dot] net)

Ah, the reason it is a one lane bridge is because the old mill had been designated a historical site and none of the buildings could be removed, but I agree that it is a lot of money ($660K) for a one lane bridge with a total usage of about 300 cars per day.

Storrie Bridge (California)
Posted June 23, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like this might be a duplication of this one...

BH 11271

Posted June 23, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

In the photo on the far left, you can see the B/F Avenue arch bridge is under construction. This bridge was completely removed when the Interstate 380 5-in-1 Dam Bridge was finished. Before the 5-in-1, the dam was just north of the B/F Avenue bridge and the original 1800's dam was back where the dam is today. When construction on the 5-in-1 was going on they found the wooden posts still in the mud from the original wooden dam from the mid-1800's.

Posted June 22, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The inner panels feature diagonals with some extremely unusual lacing that I haven't seen on any other spans. It's kind of like ribbon lacing in a sense but is doubled to give an X appearance. Very unique bridge that worries me a little because it's in Ohio, hope they know what they have here!

Posted June 22, 2013, by Matthew G (mhg [dot] planner [at] gmail [dot] com)

MDoT is preparing to construct a new bridge adjacent to this structure and realign MS 7 to the new bridge.

Posted June 22, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the photos Janis! What unique construction! And I can't even see the truss floor beams Nathan mentined... What I do is is:

* truss webs that are equally sloped inboard and outboard rather than the typical vertical inboard with buttress on the outboard side

* some lacing that is secured in between eyebars or channels with long pins that appear to also function as struts.

* Maybe the joint pins have plain nuts rather than lomas nuts.

Sure wish I could see more. Guess I need to plan an Ohio trip.

Posted June 21, 2013, by Ian

The Katy.

Posted June 21, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Also taken 6/30/07, is this neat tunnel under the railroad track. It's a little further west than the Seven Hills bridge, on Hickman Rd/C210. N of Marne Rd/C585.

Posted June 21, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

I happened upon this bridge 6/30/07, when I took these photos. It's high over a gorge with a railroad track & trail.

Posted June 21, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The DOT page for the bridge stated that the bridge used to be a railroad bridge, which leads me to believe that this used to be the MBS bridge:

Posted June 21, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

This is how the bridge looked 2/16/13. Sorry the photos are so dark, I was out of light. Bridge is now on the scout camp property, quite near the covered bridge; closer to Rocky Fork Rd. than the CB. Not visible from the road.

Posted June 21, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found one that used to exist in Indiana but was removed about 1990. Was built in 1905 by the Paris Bridge Company of Paris, IL

Posted June 21, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is now apart of the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail, which means it will be preserved, rehabbed, and open to the public once again! The trail itself is now open so one can walk to the bridge. For more info see:

For now, see the never before seen photos of the bridge!

Posted June 21, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Here's the finished product. Thanks Doug and Bill and I hope someone will catch the b****** that did it. Link:

Posted June 21, 2013, by DONALD SOWERS (desowers [at] centurylink [dot] net)

New bridge completed and open for traffic on June 20th, 2013

Unlimited weight limit.

The old bridge was placed behind the old mill.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Fmiser.

I was reading a date near the top underneath the middle finial, but the dates are probably the same anyways.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The bridge was scrapped last week. It no longer exists.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Luke. I will change the category.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

After fiddling with the image a bit, I'm thinking 1886.

The first digit must be a "1".

The second could be either an "8" or a "9". I'm pretty sure I see a line that's slopes from the upper left to the lower right - making it an "8".

The third seem pretty clearly an "8" to me, with a line crossing in the center.

The fourth digit has a curve to the left from the top to the bottom - making in either a "6" or a "0". It looks to me like on the right the line curves in to intersect at the center making it a "6".

Here is the clearest of my "enhanced" images, cropped for just that area of the plaque.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Jared Mixson
Posted June 20, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Well played sir Athenian, well played.

Posted June 20, 2013, by Anthony (ascriven1 [at] juno [dot] com)

IDOT has announced plans to replace the eastbound span sometime around 2018.

Harahan Bridge (Tennessee)
Posted June 19, 2013, by Robert Fowler (hemeloser [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo #7 by Alex Vranas is looking at the Memphis portal of the Frisco bridge, not the Harahan.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Family stuff got in the way. I'll try again tomorrow night.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I THINK I'm reading the plaque date correctly:

Posted June 19, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

I read about this in the current issue of Popular Science, I found this on their web site.

There is also a video of them moving the bridge.

Posted June 19, 2013, by LJH (lharding [at] turbonet [dot] com)

What kind of pipeline is that on the Chester Bridge? I find no mention of it in the specs.

Thanks for your help.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There were only two spans.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Jason, I'll hunt them up and send them tonight.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Anonymous the Athenian (Anonymous [at] athens [dot] greece)

I have seen this before. We used this before. We defeated the Trojans by hiding in a wooden horse. Granted we were able to disguise ourselves perfectly while in Troy for the evening. Nobody ever guessed that we had a group of brave men inside that horse.

Unfortunately, everybody in California will see that there is a UCEB hidden in this wooden cover. Sorry CalTrans, but you need to consult the Athenians before you try to hide things in wooden frames.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

After installing a temporary Acrow Bridge in place of the collapsed span WSDOT reopened the Skagit River Bridge today. A permanent repair is currently being developed.

Posted June 19, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! This was an impressive bridge. It reminds me of the Bridgeport and Long Shoals bridges. Based on the photograph, it appears to be a Parker truss, not a Pennsylvania truss. Was there a span that was not visible in the photograph?

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

The previous bridge here was actually a historic metal truss bridge. When viewed from beside, the replacement bridge with the fake, pointless covering on top looks almost as dumb as the new fake covered bridge in Ashtabula County, Ohio:

See photos from the county.

Posted June 18, 2013, by Don Morrison

So the comment I left in May under

proves to be correct.

I couldn't find any info on the Curtiss bridge when I searched for it at that time.

Five Mile Viaduct (South Carolina)
Posted June 18, 2013, by Carl Phillips (tinknocker29406 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's being torn down. They say it isn't safe.

Laurel Park Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 18, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can't wait to go bridge spotting tomorrow with my daughter Laran. She was with me when we found our bridge off it's piers. Pennsylvania doesn't have a great rep.

Any other bridges we should go see on our route from Baltimore, north to near Harrisburg?

Robert???? Tony???? Nathan???? Jason???? James????? anybody with an opinion.

Been too long since I've gone poking around a new bridge for me. Too much fun. And no, we are not making a dime off this investigative trip.

Wing Road Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 18, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The date I posted was based on the Pre-Constuction schedule included with the contract package and very well may be subject to change. Its not uncommon for projects to be delayed slightly.

Wing Road Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 18, 2013, by Roseanne Staab (communitynewslinesville [dot] com)

Our history is vanishing from the landscape, to be replaced with behemouth concrete monstrosities.

As of the June 2013 Summerhill Township Supervisors meeting, the Wing Road Bridge remains open for travel,with no word from PADOT as to an actual start date for demolition and replacement. Demolition had been slated for July 2013.

Posted June 18, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Bill Eichenberger, do you mind me using a couple of your pics for an article I'm writing for the Bridgehunter's Chronicles? Please send me an e-mail with your pics and in case of green light, I'll send you a link to the article when finished. Thanks!


Posted June 17, 2013, by robert fowler (hemeloser [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Records seem to indicate that the lost nearby New Braunfels Avenue bridge over the rail yard was also erected from relocated spans from the same source. The total number of spans in both bridges (at least six), is too many IMO, for a crossing at the Nueces.

Posted June 17, 2013, by Curtis Waddell (curtiswaddell [at] gmail [dot] com)

How do I get a phone number or a number of someone to call about getting a job or an application?

Posted June 17, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the flooring system was altered when it was moved. Looks like large beams aiding the truss. Either way, the bridge should be repaired. The bridge has historic value and the traffic does not justify a costly replacement. Based on prior NBI inspection, which is not bad, my guess is closure is related to an isolated serious issue that could be fixed... not because the entire bridge has widespread serious issues.

Posted June 17, 2013, by Diane (vbvixendi [at] aol [dot] com)

MoDOT has closed bridge. On June 6, 2013, a routine inspection of the bridge over Locust Creek on Route B, just west of Linneus, Mo., prompted the closure of the bridge. Inspectors and district staff will evaluate what type of repair and/or replacement is necessary. The bridge is a truss bridge originally built by the Linn County Commission in 1939 and carries approximately 300 cars per day.

Posted June 17, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


You are correct about those pylons. They were in place until the mid-1990s when work began on the new K-177 bridge.

Interestingly, there were bikes parked on the old pylons as part of a display.

Update on HB Weekend in Iowa
Posted June 17, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Now collecting bridge-related items for the Historic Bridge Weekend- specifically for the raffle drawing on Friday and the Silent Auction on Sunday. More information and a reminder of the registration deadline are found here:

Update on the HB Weekend in Iowa:

Posted June 16, 2013, by Brad Lain

luckily i had gotten a part that had fallen off this Big Bridge to have something to remember it by

Posted June 16, 2013, by BRAD LAIN

When someone tears down a Big ridge without the plans of putting it to use where traffic can use it , it gives me the same feeling as if some one were to do something to take advantage of me because they are both nonsense and unfair . That Big Bridge Needed to Be Rehabilitated and Painted , Not torn Down. now if there was nothing fancy about it , then it would not make me any difference if it got torn down or left where it was . But that Big Bridge was so beautiful and fancy that it should have stayed put where it was , or moved to another area where it can still be used .i just hope no one tears down the Big Briges across the WhiteWater River on HWY 46 where it starts at the Ohio / Ind state line. There are 5 Big Bridges there in a row which is the most I had ever seen in one place. second most i have seen is four Big Bridges is on HWY 50 in Brownstown across White River and on HWY 52 in Franklin County by Brookville across the Whitewater River third most I have seen in a Row is just 2 which is how many there was where the Flat Rock River crossed HWY 9 and where Sand Creek crosses HWY 31 at the Bartholomew and Jackson County Line in IND and where Clifty Crek Crossed HWY 7 where there was 2 Big Bridges , these beautiful Big Bridges need to NOT betorn down and just keep them beautiful nd nice looking - they are a magnificent work of art and i get such an excited and thrilling feeling like i am on a roller coaster when i go through a Big Bridge- i get a tingling feeling when i go across one and i feel like i should scream for joy like people do when they ride on a roller coaster when i go across a Big Bridge but i am like ( blah ) and ( this is not right) and ( this is totally unfair ) whenever i see that a big Bridge has been replaced with one of those eyesore concrete bridges

Posted June 16, 2013, by BRAD LAIN

THINK - THINK - THINK!!! before destroying a beautiful steel / iron big bridge if it is going to get torn down because it is too narrow --- then it just only simply needs widened ( not torn down ) tearing it down is going waaay too far - they need to instead widen it by 1st building a temporary bridge next to it - then bring / haul in more steel and then split the Big Bridge in 1/2 an then weld the big bridg together an then have it double in size and go from double lane to a Quad lane big bridge --- then re-open it when it is completed - so in otherwords length wise , it would be the same length side to side or right to left ad the Big Bridges down on the Ohio River ( only not nearly as long mile wise - i don't want one of those eyesore concrete bridges there where I cannot see the river when I cross it , now when they do senselessly get this Big Bridge torn down - thre will not be any Big Bridges on HWY 9 going from Bartholomew County to Lagrange County which covers more than 1/2 of the state, i think people need to either start making more Big Bridges an make them Quad Lanes when they are made thn they wont be so crowded - but when we would drive across the Big Bridge - It was not ever crowded since it was not in town ut i would not be so irritated when a Big Bridge gets torn down if the country and state would build more at the same speed as they get torn down and replace it with a better and nicer Big Bridge instead of replacing it with one of those eyesore Concrete bridges ( what i call a Big Bridge is if it is a Steel / Iron / Covered Bridge that is alot taller than a car, but the only thing i saw that the big bridge needed across Flat Rock River on HWY 9 in Shelby County was it just needed painted -but it was not even in te Columbus Republic Newspaper that it was going to get torn down and people drive everyday from Shelbyville to Columbus IND on HWY 9 to and from work so as far as i knew of - i didn't know that the Big Bridge was going to get torn down until I was going on U.S HWY 31 and saw the detour signs for the Big Bridge being torn down. I dont know why people don't restore these Big Brdges since people are not building them anymore . i cannot stand it when i see an Iron, Steel and a covered Bridge torn down unless it is going to be built somewhere else just like they did the Big Bridge across Clifty Creek on 850E in Bartholomew County and moved it to Haw Creek to use as a walking Bridge

Posted June 16, 2013, by Max Johnson

I've added this bridge as I found it accidently while searching for old bridge photos in the KC area. The photo I found is during the 1951 flood and the bridge is totally flooded out in the lower right hand corner of the photo. Going off old satellite images, the piers were still standing in 1991, however the spans were gone. The new K-177/K-18 bridge is built right over this bridge' original location (perhaps why it was removed?).

Link to the picture

Posted June 16, 2013, by Susan Houser (brshouserfluffy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was so excited to see this bridge as I have not seen it since about 1967 or'68. When I was a kid, we would walk on top and in the spans. Of course, we passed on the stories of a man buried alive in the cement cause he fell in when it was being built. I have often wondered if that was true. I will be 66 this year, live in Texas, but I sure would love to see some places in my beautiful Ohio!!

Posted June 16, 2013, by Ruth Dobbins (rutytoot2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the old Eleven Point River Bridge in Dalton, AR.

Laurel Park Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 16, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We've been asked to come and look at this bridge by a home owner nearby. The Township says it needs to be removed so that emergency vehicles, like a fire tanker can cross. There seem to be many alternative routes but the township, like so many others, have drank the coolaid and want it to be gone. It feeds rural area and not many people. Wonder how those tankers crossed before.

Nontheless, we will go shed some light and make some noise. What I do best, I guess, even when it goes nowhere someone has to stand up for these bridges. Nels will be at the end of the photographs making some assessments as well. We have experts and if the substructure is good, then why?

Tell me why? Have a great day folks. Going to go see the Orioles play the Red Sox. Should be a good old day at the ball field. Never been to Camden Yards before.

Posted June 16, 2013, by Mark Gish (gishm [at] roadrunner [dot] com)

The contractor is in the process of removing the decking and stringers.

Posted June 15, 2013, by AR


Posted June 15, 2013, by Cliff (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The toll booths have been demolished and tolls will no longer be collected on the CCC

Posted June 15, 2013, by Brian Parkinson (railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was on the ATSF (Later BNSF) Railroad route between Clovis, NM and Pecos, TX. The track south of Loving, NM, including this bridge, was abandoned in December of 2001.

Posted June 15, 2013, by Pat Meiners (a1hawkeye [at] juno [dot] com)

this '64 Barracuda must have been the last car across

Posted June 15, 2013, by Richard Battani (rrbattani [at] qwest [dot] net)

I believe that bridge was replaced in the middle to late 60's. My parents built a house in Saylorville in '65, and I remember riding over the truss bridge in a car for a few years before it was replaced.

Posted June 15, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I did some research about this bridge today at the state archives. It was never intended to be the permanent bridge. It was more or less a quick fix to the failing swing bridge. The goal was to replace this bridge with a double tracked lift span after the war. But that never happened.

RI Railroad Bridge #2
Posted June 15, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You are right. Must have skipped over it. Has been deleted.

Posted June 15, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe this may be a duplicate of this:

Posted June 15, 2013, by Nathan Daily (nathandaily [at] att [dot] net)

This bridge originally built for the Northern Electric Railway, circa 1907.

Posted June 15, 2013, by Nathan Daily (nathandaily [at] att [dot] net)

This bridge was originally built for the Western Pacific RR, circa 1909.

Posted June 15, 2013, by Tim Wray (tim [at] backwoodrealm [dot] com)

This bridge was closed in the last two weeks. Unsure if there are plans to restore it at this time.

Fitch's Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted June 15, 2013, by Andrew Eckel

What a total waste. I was just about to get on my bike to ride over to Fitch's Bridge this morning - I came online to get the bridge's specifications so I could note all that was noteworthy about it. Needless to say, I'm shocked. It should've been restored. Even as the bridge stood derelict it was a destination - A unique spot on the Nashua. Groton loses another landmark...

Posted June 14, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I noticed that the old streetview is gone. The current view shows the nearly completed new bridge, and traffic using a temporary bridge.

Posted June 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Craig: Looks like this additional report might have a little more info, although the timeline is outdated, on expected costs for the projects:

Posted June 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Craig: I usually do add a link to a project website when such a website exists and has worthwhile information. In the case of Sonoma County, I updated the status of a couple bridges based on information I found buried in a 2009 report. The report doesn't really offer much more in the way of detail. It can be downloaded at this link:

Also, I think it was a few weeks ago I also did a sweep of a bunch of Public Works pages for various California counties to check on the status of bridges since it seemed like nobody had done anything like that for California for a long while. Unfortunately, I did find a number of doomed bridges and I updated BridgeHunter listings with my findings. If you want to know more about any of those projects, you can always check the respective public works websites... but again with a few exceptions many offer little information beyond a statement that the bridge is to be replaced.

Finally, the reason I have been fussing around with California is because I am adding an excellent photo-documentation of select bridges in the counties in and around the San Francisco Bay area over at, representing my first visit to this state. As the summer goes on, be sure to come on over and see what I have been adding!

Posted June 13, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Nathan, I sure appreciate your tracking of county repair plans for this bridge, and others like it, and I wonder if you have any specific project links that you can post as you research.

Posted June 13, 2013, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nice detail in the pics!

Posted June 13, 2013, by Paul A. Valentine (hogleg44-40 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

A Stone Arch Bridge is no longer at this location. It appears to have been replaced with a new concrete bridge.

However, farther south on this road, is a Through Plate-Girder Auto Bridge along side of a new concrete bridge. This bridge is just past the Acme Brick Plant.

Posted June 13, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)
Posted June 13, 2013, by Nathan Holth

Tony: The oldest known highway swing bridge in the country, Michigan's New Richmond Bridge, includes pin-connected Warren pony truss spans:

There also is the Howellville Bridge:

Posted June 13, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com) this a pinned Warren bedstead or a pinned Howe bedstead? Either way, it is lost.

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

With Matt on this one... A Pratt all the way.

Just out of curiosity... Does anyone know of any pinned Warren ponies out there anywhere? I would suspect that there were some built and just wonder if any remain. Being how rare that pinned Warren through's are, a pony would be very special.

Posted June 13, 2013, by Douglas W. Jones (jones [at] cs [dot] uiowa [dot] edu)

This bridge is a cantelever deck plate girder bridge, with the suspended span hanging in about the middle third of the river crossing, nicely proportioned so you don't notice it except for the two expansion joints in the bridge deck and railings, and the hangers supporting the suspended span, visible on the sides of the bridge and largely covering the joints between cantelevers and the suspended span.

Thomas Harman - Covered Bridge
Posted June 13, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

There's mostly stone bridges that are left down in Washington County, MD (around Cearfoss) thanks to the Civil War. I suspect you are thinking of bridges elsewhere.

See if any of these jog your memory...

Sach's Covered Bridge located in Adams County, PA in Gettysburg National Military Park I suggest this because it is likely to have had the names and short stories of soldiers. When I visited it did not.

Martin's Mill which is up in Franklin County, PA near Greencastle

If not either of there, maybe some of the covered bridges in Frederick County, MD and others in Adams County,PA and 1 in Franklin County, PA. Hope that helps.

Summer exhibit showcases Arkansas's historic bridge heritage
Posted June 13, 2013, by Jen Hughes (jen [dot] hughes [at] sos [dot] arkansas [dot] gov)

This summer, the Arkansas Capitol's exhibits salute the Arkansas Highway Commission in its hundredth year by celebrating the state's striking and significant historic bridges. Vintage images and documents from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Arkansas History Commission complement photographer and Hendrix College professor Maxine Payne's evocative toned modern images.

The exhibit extends to the Capitol's lower-level foyer gallery, where colorful triptych panels reproduce vintage post card images, offering visitors a virtual whirlwind tour of some of Arkansas's most significant and esthetically satisfying historic bridges.

"Spanning the Century (and more): Arkansas's Historic Bridge Heritage" will be on display through September.

For more information visit

Help me find a covered bridge.
Posted June 13, 2013, by Thomas Harman (thomasharman [at] bex [dot] net)

Twenty years ago I was visiting friends in Clear Springs, MD.

My friends took me to a covered bridge I believe to be near Cearfoss, MD.

This bridge's inside was near completely covered with carved names and short stories of soldiers who were going to battle the next morning of which most were killed. This may have been The Battle of Antietam but I am not sure. The carvings told of the soldiers, their families, and the fact that they may not return from the battle.

This was a very emotional experience for me and I would like to visit this bridge again... If I only could remember where it is.

Can anyone help me?

Thank you for any info anyone may have,

Thomas Harman

Modern Truss Category
Posted June 13, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am very glad to see a new category for new truss bridges. It is nice to be able to click on the Bowstring category and see historic bowstrings and not MOBs that were classified as bowstrings.

Mosley Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted June 13, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

YUCK! I hate that culvert! If the county had any decency, it would have left the damn thing in place. It was doing fine with no load restrictions! Shame on Jackson County for destroying a bridge I grew up with!

Posted June 12, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Very nice indeed! This is another case of "Pratt or Warren?", but the diagonals are both eyebar members, suggesting that they are in tension, so I classified it as a half-hip Pratt.

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