I actually just started the award :) As I am sure many historians do, I have often wished to be able to travel back in time. Imagine the stir it would create if I suddenly started posting color digital camera photos for bridges demolished 80 years ago!
I didn't know you had another award for a HB. But it definitely makes sense. I'm actually going to add this to my Mystery Bridge category for the Chronicles, together with another pair of Pennsylvania through truss bridges located in Clinton and Lyon Counties. I'm really curious to see how many Pennsylvania trusses were actually constructed in Iowa, for according to HABS/HAER records, they were rarely used, but from my point of view, I really disagree- they were used just as much as the Parker and Pratt through trusses.....
Apparently the official USGS name for the waterway is Fourmile Creek.
However, I'd wager that it's one of those "It really doesn't matter" sort of situations about the waterway's nomenclature. Ergo, does not matter whether we spell it "Fourmile" "Four-Mile" or "Four Mile", as it's gone by all of those variations in nomenclature.
However, for specificity's sake, we should leave it as Fourmile.
Just like to point it out Clark, Polk county refers to the creek as "Four Mile Creek" and other sources refer to it as "Four-Mile Creek"
The more common name is probably Four Mile Creek, not fourmile creek.
I'd give this bridge the TARDIS Award (A bridge that would be high on my list to visit if I had a time machine). Very sad to see the awesome bridges that once existed but are gone now.
By the way, its hard to tell, but it looks like this bridge's main span had intermediate connections and was actually a Pennsylvania truss not a Parker truss.
Can somebody remove the NBI data/
I first saw this bridge in about 1970, definitely before Hurricane Agnes in 1972. At that time I was exploring using a fairly detailed county map. I approached from the Anne Arundel County (east) side. Even then, the road bed from the intersection to the bridge was completely overgrown, the paving gone, and a mound of earth blocking the path. At that time, the bridge was lying collapsed in the Patuxent River. Sometime in the middle or early 1960ís it collapsed under the weight of a truck, probably a gravel or sand truck. Sometime, after 1980 I think, the bridge was restored and used for fishing. The deck at the time of the collapse was probably wood planks with macadam cover.
Fair enough, if you prefer that entries exist for both names of the bridge, the broken link (under Sources for the Eureka bridge) should be fixed so that someone searching for either name doesn't miss the information posted under the alternate name.
This entry was made before the original location of the bridge was known by us bridgehunters.
A conference call is scheduled for today between many state, federal, local jurisdictions regarding the future of this bridge. I get to participate in the role of funding opportunities, restoration ideas. It looks in pretty good shape from the pictures.
In the interest of the future of historic bridges we are starting another division under NSRGA dedicated to bowstrings. Nathan, you know we will work with all styles, but bowstrings are a first love. Kings or WBCos. I think if we can narrow it down, much like "Covered" we may be able to drive awareness and finances for saving this style, which will certainly then go towards the Warrens, Pratts, Parkers, Baltimores, Ponies that around here we all love. This focus on bowstrings will allow me to work with Sunny Brae on the Gilliece WBCO and continue the in-kind fabrications required for our McIntyre by King.
But it might be easier to take the national market by storm using the longest bowstring in the U.S. as the draw. Any ideas welcome.
This bridge is listed under the category "Wood Truss (6)". None of the 6 entries is a covered bridge.
The Dungeness River RR Bridge is listed in category "Uncovered Wooden Truss (23)"
It seems that these categories could be merged?
A bridge so nice, it's been listed twice. (under it's two common names)
Perhaps these pages should be merged. I vote for the resulting page to be listed as moneek.
Is this the only wooden through Howe truss still around? (Not counting covered bridges, of course.)
never mind - I realize it's a Pratt pony truss, not a through truss. I'm changing the design description back to what it was.
The Maryland State Archives link that I posted confirms those are Phoenix columns, and that the bridge was likely built by Dean and Westwood around 1890. The Maryland State Archives document describes the bridge as a Pratt through truss, but the Bridgehunter page initially said Pratt pony truss. I cannot tell which one it is, so I changed it to Pratt through truss, since that's how the state describes it. The State Archives document has a lot more interesting history about the bridge and this specific site.
Yes, this bridge is composed of Phoenix columns on the top chord and end posts. It was likely built ca. 1885 by Dean and Westbrook of New York, New York. My reasoning for that is because it is nearly identical to this bridge I documented in New Jersey: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...
I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START ON THIS SUBJECT BECAUSE IT IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION TO ADRESS. (1) THIS BRIDGE SHOULD NEVER BEEN PUT OUT FOR DESTRUCTION (2) IT IS A HISTORIC PART OF MARION COUNTY HISTORY,PLUS ON N ATIONAL REGISTRY, AND PART OF NATIONAL HIGH-WAY SYSTEM, REPLACED BY NOW I-24 INTERSTATE HWY. THE DESTRUCTION IS DESTROYING LOTS OF MARION COUNTY PIRTICULLARY HALETOWN TN, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REPLACE THIS BRIDGE PLUS DESTROY OLD BRIDGE PLUS ANOTHER 140 THOUSAND TO REPLACE HALETOWN WATER PIPE TO NEW BRIDGE, THIS BRIDGE WAS USEABLE UNTIL TDOT WANTED IT TORN DOWN , THIS WAS NOT NECESSARY FOR NUMEROUS REASIONS, (10 TRAFFIC ON THIS OLD BRIDGE DID NOT WARRANT DESTRUCTION (2) PUTTING NEW BRIDGE INTO OLD DELAPATRED 41 AT HALETOWN TN IS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE, IT WOULD TAKE BILLIONS ON BILLIONS TO GET THIS HIGH-WAY IN SHAPE TO EVEN HANDLE HALF OF THE TRAFFIC.
ANOTHER WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS, THE PLACED GUARD RAILS FROM HALETOWN TO LOOK-OUT VALLEY NOT MANY PLACES TO PULL OVER., MAKING UNSAFE FOR EXCESS TRAFFIC, THIS BRIDGE SHOULD NOT BE TORN DOWN AND CREATE A MORE TRAGIC AND UNSAFE TRAFFIC ENVIROMENT. THE OLD BRIDGE AT HALETOWN TN SHOULD NOT BE REPLACED JUST TO CREATE A MORE UNFAVORABLE ENVIROMENT JUS NOT FEASIBLE, THIS BRIDGE IS GOING GOING GOING GONE UNLESS TDOT WAKES UP TO TERRIBLE WASTED MOMEY FOR THIS PROJECT AND
I HAVE NOT EVEN STARTED YET,HAVE NOT EXPRESSED VIEW YET BUT WILL CLOSE THIS MESSAGE WITH SHORY NOTE . A TERRIBLE
SITUATION THAT NEED MORE STUDY DONE ON IT.
What I have heard back from the contractor of a local hotel
"The hotel patio design has been incorporated into the River Greenway improvements. The railroad bridge ends just prior to the hotel property line. A public sidewalk wraps around the hotel patio and connects to the bike path on the east side of the property."
Picture of the proposed development below. It sure looks like the bridge was saved...
Looks like the entire upper chord is composed of Phoenix columns...interesting!
Sure looks like Phoenix columns on the end. This would make this a very old bridge. Pre-1900 I think.
"If you don't believe me,..."
I believe you. The same type geniuses are building the 'Bullet train' in California for $100B. Nothing ever changes.
Also look up the Tennessee-Tom Bigby Canal. America has always had a taste for pork.
Well, that convinces me. You're right. We get tons of great info from the anonymous posters.
Are those phoenix Columns I spy?
A floor beam of the original through truss broke free. New bridge was installed on 2010.
collapsed and replaced by a new bridge 2011?
Yeah...I was thinkin' that "Crapped down my leg" would be more appropriate.
Can't help but laugh thinking what a sight that would be if a train crossed while that dude was on it in the buff!
The Federal Government took over the Green Bay and Mississippi Canal Company in 1870 and ran the entire system until it abandoned the Wisconsin River and Upper Fox River portion in 1951. The Lower Fox River section continued to be operated by the Army Corps of Engineers until the 1980's.
1) The swing span is the third span out from the northwest shore. Just checked it out on Yahoo Maps.
2) Quite true "The Wisconsin was never deep enough to handle commercial boat traffic". But that did not prevent the Federal Government from spending millions of dollars per year to maintain the Fox-Wisconsin waterway.
If you don't believe me, take a look at the dam at Prairie du Sac. You will see a large, now disused navigation lock at the west end. If there was no navigation in the river, why was it put there?
As long as nobody edits the page (excluding yourself), you should be able to just delete it yourself.
I mean, I've done the same thing a couple of times and just deleted the page myself.
Just curious...how did you crap your pants if you were naked? :)
I crapped my pants while walking over this bridge... in the dark... during a thunderstorm... while naked! I did it on a dare. Go figure!
Actually, this is the right bridge, the pin was just in the wrong spot
This bridge was originally double tracked!!
Hey Dude! Interesting to know that the Janesville-Rockford Interurban line ran over this bridge until the late 1920s.
And Dude, this is the UP's ex-Chicago and Northwestern giant culvert. The Milwaukee Road's bridge over the same street, is behind you, to the west.
This tunnel was built first, then the dirt was piled up to it. On this low section of bottom land (and just north of Downtown Janesville) the railroads built wooden trestles then dumped dirt to fill them in. You can still see evidence of this at the bridge on North Main Street, just off Centerway. Rockport Road was Western Avenue when this early poured concrete monstrosity was built. The CNW took old growth trees, alive when Chief Blackhawk was a papoose, right next to the ROW and turned them into trestlework. This entire line, from Chicago to Baraboo, was originally double tracked and was the faster route to the Twin Cities rather than going through Milwaukee.
Dude, you have a couple of discrepancies regarding this bridge. It is owned by the Union Pacific and LEASED to the WSOR. This is a FIXED bridge-no moving spans. The center span was made beefier to handle the entire weight of a train on the entire formerly double tracked bridge. The reason the bottom beam is painted yellow is so the drunk boaters, on Lake Wisconsin, don't hit it. They do anyway. Before the Wisconsin River was dammed up at Prairie du Sac, the water level was 15 feet lower and any traffic could pass beneath the center span. The Wisconsin was never deep enough to handle commercial boat traffic. You should ask about the Great Railroad Tie hiest from this line. LOL!
The photo and the map location your site has for the Camino Del Rey Bridge in Bonsall, CA are incorrect. The photo location looks west under the newly constructed bridge on CA-76 and shows the Bonsall Bridge in the background. The map locates the position where the photo is taken from. The actual Camino Del Rey Bridge is approximately 1.8 mile NNW of photo and map locations.
Actually, this bridge does not exist in any form. When the original was demolished near 2000, there was no replacement even considered.
Closed to traffic May 2011
Here are some photos of this old bridge before they took out all but the center span. I have some old family photos of the bridge that I cannot seem to find, so sadly these aren't mine. These are screen caps from a DVD from Pentrex about the rail line this bridge was part of. I highly recommend this DVD to any rail fan.
You can order said DVD here http://www.pentrex.com/rthdvd.html For a nice preview go here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_33Xe9XTMQ&feature=player_embedded.
First picture is a side view of the bridge.
Second picture is a photo taken by someone standing on the curved section of the bridge.
Third doesn't show the old bridge itself, but was taken of the US 27 road bridge, and in the background is the current rail bridge, and was taken standing on the old bridge.
I was really excited to watch this DVD and was even more excited to find these great shows of this bridge before they took down most of it. This program was filmed somewhere in the mid 1990s.
These images are copyright of Pentrex, and were posted with copyright permission from them.
I had not heard of the Lackawanna Bridge Company...until now!
LACKAWANNA BRIDGE COMPANY, BUFFALO, NY, WAS A FABRICATOR.
LACKAWANNA STEEL COMPANY WAS A STEEL MILL. I BELIEVE THE BRIDGE COMPANY WAS A SEPARATE COMPANY UNTIL THE STEEL CO. AQUIRED IT IN 1921.
I grew up near this bridge. This is also known as Foster Bridge, so named for J.W Foster who owned the land in the late 1800's. This new bridge is the 3rd. bridge in this spot. The remnents of the previous 2 can still be seen down stream.
I'm looking up the date that the bridge was restored after Hurricane Floyd and for some reason nothing is updated on these websites. Guess I take the drive to see if they have the new date on the bridge. Seems odd that there is nothing on this after 20 odd years.
Lackawanna would have been the mill that provided steel to the bridge company.
I agree Luke...this is a very cool and historic pedestrian bridge. A nice find too!
This bridge was built during WWII during the line relocation due to Fontana Dam being built. It was built by TVA from steel reused from other bridges and sources because of steel shortage during the war.
The bridge is a skewed Double Warren design, of which three very similar examples remain in service in the immediate area. There aren't any interior sway braces, nor are there any transverse struts in the upper lateral bracing.
No plaque remains at this particular location, but the others were both built by Lackawanna Bridge, and this one almost certainly was as well. Morse Bridge is now close to non-existent in the state.
It's amazing what you find trying to find stuff out about another bridge.
I added links to a couple of articles on this unique and historic footbridge. Bridge was taken off of it's foundation to be rehabilitated for continued use as part of a trail system.
The construction video was on the Grant County website, hope there is some way to retreive it.
There was recently a construction video of the two bridges on the WA site but it is now gone. I would like to find it again.
A couple of buildings show on the recent topo and 1923 shows a different channel but no cemetery.
Who would want to be buried on Devils Island?
Obviously a mail-order sort of bridge, but a lot NICER looking (Images in the link in the sources section.).
This bridge finally found a home near Houston Texas. Including a pic of the bridge before being shipped to Texas. It is narrowed to a width of about 9' inside.
This bridge is on private property in Vigo county Indiana, north of Terre Haute.
that looks great. what a great use and nice design. more saves like this.
This bridge is now located in Indianapolis, just off of I-65 on 86th st. at a private residence.
I have included a picture of the bridge in it's new location.
It can be fixed, we repaired it enough that it could be picked up in one piece and set along the road, to be taken apart
re: pedestrian walkway
If there were still trains running over the top of the structure, there would be serious worries. But the bridge is massively over-built for the service it sees now.
glad you have an old bridge left, i have sent comments and
e-mails for over year trying to save old Marion Memorial
bridge at HALETOWN TN RTO NO AVAIL, THIS BRIDGE COULD BE AN ASSET TO AREA BUT TDOT OF TN WILL NOT EVEN GIVE ME A PEEK OF INFO, THINK THEY HAVE THE DYNOMITE ALREADY IN HARND THIS BRIDGE IS ABOUT READY TO HIT THE TENNESSEE RIVER STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS HISTOTIC BRIDGE NOW, JUST HOPING SOMEONE WITH AUTHORITY SEE THIS IF YOU KNOW A WAY TO SAVE THIS BRIDGE PLEASE REPLY TO THIS E=MAIL PRONTO SOON.
Special announcement: The 5th annual Historic Bridge Conference is coming to Iowa this summer. It will take place August 9-11 and will feature presentations and entertainment as well as a tour of some of the finest bridges in the eastern half of the state and its state capital, Des Moines. More information on the event will be posted in the Bridgehunter's Chronicles and Bridgehunter.com in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!!
I'll be part of the Timber Framing / Bridgewrighting demo, and mean to fold into the Preble County tour -
Wondering who among the regulars here I might cross paths with?
Nathan, Mine Road bridge looks much better now. It is a pretty shade of dark green and looks like new.
I'll try to get some pictures in the next week or two.
Fascinating...They removed a leg of the bracing in each panel to allow for a pedestrian walkway to be installed. Never seen anything quite like this!
Was there ever a village on the island and if so, was there a cemetery?
Portals and portal bracing suggest ca.1900
Bridge has been removed and is being replaced. Old bridge will be taken to the Westport fairgrounds and used fot foot traffic.
Well, with lally columns and pin connections I seriously doubt this bridge was manufactured in 1945, or even installed here in 1945. I say much older, pre-1920.
Apparently the BH feature only recognizes IANR as the user, but, according to the IDOT railroad map, UP trackage ends and D&W trackage begins at Dewar, Iowa. The line ownership, according to BH, appears to be Iowa Northern's.
I'll put "IANR Drainage Ditch Bridge" as an alt name, just in case.
Does IANR own any of this line? I know they operate the D&W, which they don't own. Where does the line switch from UP/IANR to D&W?
This bridge has been heavily rebuilt in the recent past. The western abutment and pier are new concrete, and the stone eastern abutment has new concrete work on it. The wooden ties and beams are all very new.
I was in Benton County a while back and saw the original plans for the bridge. It was designed and built by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Leavenworth, KS in 1911. We will be marketing this bridge in the next month or two to the local towns, federal agencies and historic society. Keep a look out and let these people know if the locals want to keep it and maybe something could happen.
The pistols are not actual pistols. They're just pieces of iron shaped like pistols. I drive over this bridge twice a day on my way to work in Lafayette and on my way home to Sulphur. I have totaled a car on this bridge. An 18 wheeler tire came off and because the bridge is so narrow, I had no where to bail out. I had to eat it and it ripped the entire undercarriage of my car apart. I can assure you, this bridge is a deathtrap. It's also unstable, no matter what LA DOD says. They know that it is structurally unsound as well. What few people realize is that there is absolutely no way to build a new bridge on the present location. In fact, they can't even do much to improve the Westlake exit. Unbeknownst to most, including the people that live in this area, is that the boggy/marshy area to the northwest of the bridge contains a toxic stew of vinyl chloride and polychlorinated biphenyl and God knows what else. If they drive new bridge pilings into this area, they could release these nasty things into the groundwater. They can't build further north because SASOL if expanding their gas plant in that area. They can't build further south because Isle of Capri is there. Catch 22.
Nice find on that plaque, Mike. While you were out there, did you happen to get photos of any mill marks? My database is pretty low on later examples. Thanks.
Both Photographers & Pontists may be interested in this years ASCE Bridge Photography Contest
Although there are published reports suggesting that the Bear Creek Covered Bridge was built by James Key in 1859 - that appears to be incorrect (Hannibal Courier-Post 100th Anniversary Edition 1938, K Allen Ballard 2012 Images of America, Ralls County Missouri). The Hannibal and New London Plank Road and Bridge Co. published a condition report for their toll road in the July 14 (pg 2) and July 21 1855 (pg 3) editions of the Hannibal Tri-Weekly Messinger newspaper. That report lists the Bear Creek Bridge among the company assets- with a cost or value of $3,146.50. It appears from that published statement that the bridge existed in July of 1855.
I thought I had seen struts but alas only upper lateral bracing. Reminds me of some Morse Bridge Company spans.
As Matt says its one of the Erie Canals numerous surviving historic double-Warren thru trusses, used for many of the fixed crossings. They do omit sway bracing and struts between the top chords. This particular example is skewed, so it has a heavier portal bracing. I believe there are other examples on BridgeHunter, I also have several examples documented on HistoricBridges.org.
Here's the link to a recent phot of the bridge: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/8485830245/
It is unusual. I can't tell if it is a lattice.
The main truss web appears to me to be composed of X's with a strut and a tie. The struts are inclined with the top to the bridge center while the ties are opposite. The portal braces are lattice, with each diagonal crossing 3 opposing diagonals.
I don't see any sway braces other than the portal braces either. It does look like it the bridge is skewed. That will do weird things to the end panels.
The upper latteral system is composed of laced beams in a Warren pattern, so they will sometimes act as struts and sometimes as ties depending on the loading.
I'd sure like to get a closer look at this bridge!
This bridge has a street view, and it's easy to distinguish its double-intersection Warren configuration. Most of New York's Erie Canal crossings were of this type. A graceful structure indeed!
I am glad to see the discussion that this bridge has sparked. It is interesting to see all of the different opinions among us Bridgehunters.
Can we save every bridge over 50 years old? No, and I do not think we should try to. Replacing a 50 year old UCEB with a new UCEB is fine by me.
In recent years, we have seen a large number of UCEBS with nice features. Ie, decorative railings, fake stone plyons, statues, bas-reliefs, decorative lamp posts, light shows, etc. I don't mind UCEBs with "UCEB makeup". They really do not bother me. In fact, such UCEB makeup can add a little interest to an otherwise mundane structure. The nice railings on the new bridge in this instance serve such a purpose. I just don't think that UCEB makeup should be portrayed as an in-kind replacement.
This youtube video of the Brimstone Railroad has a shot of the old bridge and also the new one. Skip to around 3:12 or so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEUH8CL5hMA
Very cool bridge! Tall trusses with massive portal bracing but yet NO sway bracing...only struts.
No for sure on the truss identification but it could be a Lattice.
I agree - it _is_ a fine website.
If you have pictures, or enjoy some aspect of documenting old bridges, sign up for an editor account and make the site better!
This was by far one of the coolest bridges in Greenville and it is a crying shame that it was torn down without any sort of effort to repair it first (like the Queen Street bridge)... I used to ride my bicycle over it nearly everyday or come here to eat and lunch and talk to other people crossing over. The city should at least build something new (and cool) to replace it and reconnect this part of the west side of Greenville to the Hampton-Pinckney area.
I visited here yesterday, it hasn't changed much in 4 years. I captured some more photos of the tunnel. Still looks to be in decent shape though perhaps the creek running threw the tunnel has gotten worse. There is also a hugh sign of a lot of visitors visiting the tunnel which is good in ways, but I worry about the tunnel being ruined or damaged by them. A lot of four wheelers seam to use it to get from one side of the mountain to the other. I think it would be great if the silver comet trail had a extension that took you up to the tunnel, threw it, and then back down to the trail on the other side. Would make for a more scenery and fun ride threw the paulding wildlife management area and would help to preserve the tunnel. If anyone is interested in photos I have about 20+ just contact me.
Thanks to these pictures I was able to win an argument with my husband about the old JB bridge ever being a toll bridge.I Have very strong memories about stopping at that toll booth. As to the comment about why anyone would have a site about bridges....I am 68 years old and my memories about traveling across that bridge as a little girl are as vivid as ever, and seeing the bridge again just brought back all the wonderful memories of visits to reletives in Illinois. I would say that is an excellent reason for having a site like this. Thanks for the memories.
On the same line as the historic truss bridge in Wayzata.
This is a narrow bridge which snowmobiles will go over at about 45 MPH, and it is slippery. C&NW must have had some value in the old trestle when they took it out
Trail almost open, permanent handrails to be added next spring, expected to formally open April 2013
Agreed. This contraption (adding MOB trusses on each end) not only compromises the historical integrity of the bridge itself, but it does provide a safety hazard. Consider this bridge one of the candidates of the worst example of preserving a HB.
I wonder why MOST of the wood trestles on the Luce Line were removed, but not a few. And why would they waste their time trying to take out some timber here, instead of just leaving it in or removing the whole thing?
At least the bridge still exists, even if someone that may never use it has it at the moment...there is a chance he may do something with it...if he hadn't "conned" the old bridge out of the county, they would have just sentenced it straight to the dumpster.
Throughout the years living in Texas, ive explored COUNTLESS rual county roads on my spare in and around a 100 mile radius from Houston. I have a giant archive of various bridges ive ran into. I also love the history of the roads they come from as well. I now live here in Thibodaux, La. to start a new life and it also has a GOLD-MINE of historical bridges ive ran into here as well as myself! Never knew the ages of them until now! WOW! Thanks! :-)
This bridge should still be there. This railroad was decommissioned a long time ago.
The tracks as far as at least Lebanon were still used in the mid-80's. I remember a train ride from Boston to Lebanon for Ham Days or something when I was little.
Now the tracks are used from Lebanon Junction (where it hits the main L&N line) to New Haven. There's still an old bridge over a tributary of Pottinger Creek, but they're pulled up beyond that.
This bridge would be on the line that currently goes from New Haven on to the main line. There's a Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven and they have train rides to LJ, sometimes having a "Thomas the Tank Engine" engine.
WOW!, I certainly would have never guessed that the ruins of this little span I decided to add to BH would create such a maelstrom!
The bottom line here is that we can debate the issue til the cows come home...and it will still come down to a matter of opinion. The vast majority of visitors to this park would never understand what we are disagreeing about...nor probably would they care. They would simply see an old footbridge that was removed for whatever reason, only to later be replaced with a new one. They likely wouldn't understand the historic significance of the original structure, or why some of us think it should have been replaced with a more authentic looking replica. Indeed, some of us bridge enthusiasts are a passionate bunch that think NO historic spans should ever be replaced. However, we have to be realistic about it and understand that bridges will be lost. So when a situation like this occurs where an attempt is made to replace with a "aesthetic likeness", we expect nothing less than a near carbon copy.
So is a vastly different looking replacement span a demon seed? Although I would personally like to see more effort taken to replicate "in-kind", I pull up short of saying the new bridge is totally bad. The historic bridge is gone, and not even an exact replica can change that fact.
It's that fact which makes me want to focus more energy on trying to keep the historic bridges standing...and less on what they are replaced with.