Daniel,are those rail cars I see in the aerial photo?
A temporary replacement has been built in its place:
This bridge is turned with a large, heavy, metal bar that is angled, and has a square opening that fits over a peg from the center of the gears located below the deck. The operator puts the square opening over the peg, and walks in a circle, using the metal bar in front of them to push against, and move the bridge span. The bridge slowly moves into place as the operator walks it into position. It is then locked into place for the train to go over at no more than five miles an hour. Then it is unlocked, and moved back again, so river traffic, including tall sailboats, can maneuver through. I was a bridge-tender for two years for the Lewis & Clark excursion train, and enjoyed working with this bridge.
Article in today's New York Times about the impending demolition of the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. It isn't going quietly.
A small consolation is that they appear to have abandoned earlier plans for a cable-stayed design, and are instead planning a new arched structure that at least salutes its predecessor. Picture of new bridge model in article.
NYC acquired the West Shore in 1881 and it was a secondary route into the mid-1950s. This route from Utica through to Cranesville was abandoned in segments beginning in the 1960s. The last large customer was Beech-Nut in Canajoharie, where ironically a weak bridge on their siding led to this line's abandonment by what was then Conrail. The state spent some money to fix up this line in the late 1970s, which may have included work to this bridge.
After the Thruway bridge collapse, 5S was completely closed and westbound I-90 used this bridge, to allow the Thruway to continue to have four lanes. I rode over it.
More recently it was used again to bypass the 5S bridge through 2012 and 2013, although in 2014 I found the 5S bridge open again albeit made one lane with traffic signals.
Here's my story on the beautiful Nixon Bridge. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/county/commission-...
These are the Old Town Bridges. Read about their history at http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/county/oldest-brid...
Known as No. 17 in its' county file. Locals call it the Williams Bridge despite there being another 'official' Williams Bridge in Gallatin County. MDT historian said Bridge No. 17 is probably oldest through-truss bridge still in use in Montana.
It's name is Axtell Bridge.
Entries are still being taken for the 2015 Ammann Awards for the categories of best example of preserved historic bridge, lifetime achievement, best kept secret, bridge of the year and best bridge photo. Deadline is the 6th of January 2016. So get your ideas and cameras ready and start shooting! More information on how to enter here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/the-othmar-h-a...
There were several Zettlemoyers in the area of the bridge in 1876.
Here's an historic atlas of Greenwich & Albany townships of Berks County:
The area in Greenwich township near Lenhartsville where most of the Zettlemoyers are located is actually called Zettlemeyer Dist. No 8.
Spelled with an "e", must be a misprint.
Reported as "for sale" December 2015:
Is this bridge available for private use?
Project Path Report with photos attached.
Spans Big Creek
The placement of the new span is underway this morning. You can follow the progress at:
How Did this bridge get its name ?? Is this where the Zettlemoyer farm is ? or was ? May be related through an early 1800 marriage.
Here is a link to some historical information on the bridge. From a previous post, these pics confirm it was one trestle removed and replaced with the concrete supports when the interstate came through.
Winery nearby depicts this bridge on bottles. http://coloradowine.com/winery/black-bridge-winery/
FYI, McHugh is THE contractor in Chicago. If you visit Chicago, you WILL see their name on something being built downtown, guaranteed.
When was this bridge built?
Looks like an earlier state highway structure likely from the 1920's. They got away from using Pratt through's by the 1930's and went with Parker trusses for the additional overhead clearance.
Funny I grew up in Quakertown and fished nockamixon lake and never knew about this bridge.Seems to be in good shape.
Lol. So just as I say it is not a steel arch-it is a steel arch. Thanks Nathan.
Does anyone have a source for the fact that this is in storage? I was told that it had been scrapped.
I took these November 27, 2015 as I was the only one working. I use to raise and lower the bridge on occasion. The task was originally assigned to Clerks who no longer work in the Pine Bluff yard. It is now controlled by dispatchers in Omaha.
Its most likely a "corrugated multi-plate steel arch bridge" these were common in the 1930s sometimes as part of Depression relief programs. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=mi...
Very nice find!
The bridge was built by the CCC in the 1930's, I have a photo showing its construction and an article also. It is owned by Bucks County. The other similar bridge just north of it is owned by Tinicum Township.
Hiked to this portal entrance.... weeds, fallen trees and overgrowth may soon make the only way to get to it impassible.
Saw evidence that water is flowing into this entrance from further back, meaning the water is flowing downhill. That indicates that the south portal is at a higher elevation than the north portal more than 2,500 feet away. That makes sense, because USGS maps show the elevation of this portal is 1,355 ASL, the north portal elevation 25-hundred feet away is 1,326 ASL and further down Tunnel Hollow at the old New River Bridge on this abandoned line is at 1,225 ASL.
You might need to move the lost date forward a year.
My late wife and I were married on May 2nd 1998 and our honeymoon road trip that took us to Springfield led us to stop to pay a visit to my grandfather's sister as well as stop by gram and gramps graves in Marseilles on our way home.
We came into town on May 5th and the nav channel span was already gone and the remaining spans were siting in the original river channel having been blasted fairly recently.
IIRC the official opening of the new bridge was sometime in early mid December of 97 so weather would have set in and put off full demo until weather broke in the spring.
Using the Seneca bridge demo (and taking into account the Seneca "misfire") my best guess would be late April/early May of 98 for the loss of the Clark-Adams.
I'm looking at this bridge and it looks more like a disguised culvert to me. It is listed in the NBI as a steel culvert in 2004. Then after that the NBI lists it as a steel arch which it obviously is not. Any thoughts here? Is it a disguised culvert or a stone arch?
After the rail line was abandoned, for some reason one span of this bridge was removed. Then when the bridge was being readied for the bike trail, the span was replaced using parts from the Ohio 718 overpass over I-75 which was being replaced at the same time.
There are at least three other bridges of similar construction on this former rail line that so far are undocumented on this site:
1. Multi span bridge over Mad River in Clark County west of Springfield near Ohio 4 and Lower Valley Pike.
2. Small bridge over Indian Creek in Miami County east of Tipp City. This one would be difficult to photograph as it is not very near any roads.
3. Small bridge over Ludlow Creek in Miami County alongside Ohio 571 east of Laura. I think this one has been restored for pedestrian use.
If I still lived in that area, I would attempt to photograph them myself.
These postcards came from the Worthington library. I remember traveling the old truss but for some reason my parents don't. We traveled it a lot
The bridge in the picture is mc taggart bridge. As I commented earlier you can see the dam in the background. First picture I have ever seen of this bridge. Nice to see.
This bridge was demolished. What you see in the satellite pictures is a four foot tall dam that expans the width of the river. Except the middle six feet is missing. The pillars were made of sandstone. Many of the blocks are still on the west bank. My family owned the farmland west of this bridge for generations. I was told that the first settlers came across this ford where the bridge was eventually built. Before that it was used by native Americans to cross the verdigris. I have fount arrowheads in the immediate area.
Was in the area, doing QS-9000 audit of Dura Brownstown, Feb 2000; managed to snap this bridge and Medora. Missed getting Bells Ford during visit.....much to my regret today.....was still learning my bridge taking style back then, but glad I took pics....
Again, it's no problem at all. :')
What year was the bridge build and how?
What year was the bridge build and how?
Luke, today I got to see every bridge built by my great-grandfather George A. Gould in the Cedar Valley area of Iowa. I could not have done it without your work. Thank you again.
I haven't gotten to this one yet but look at the rest of the bridges from Kansas City to Clinton and you'll find some like this one. Nothing special but part of the history of this line which may become accessible as a trail soon.
Please post a picture and street view of this bridge if possible. This CRI&P branch is one of my favorites. I have been researching it for some time, but so little is available.
Looks like I need to find out who is doing this. This county might become the MO county with a county-wide historic tour. Maybe next year's HBC.
Awesome find. This reminds me that there is also at least one pony truss in storage at the Caldwell County highway department office:
Add some HDR photos of this nice bridge, taken 11/2015
This was the 2nd (or possibly 3rd) bridge for the CBQ's crossing of the Skunk at this location. The original crossing was about 1/4 mile downstream from this one. Crumbles of the original piers can be seen on the Google maps image just downstream.
Thanks Michael for the information you supplied on the bridge.Are there any plans that you might know of on what might be done with the bridge?
While I do not want to diminish an extremely positive story and do not want to suggest anything other than that I am very happy to see this bridge saved from demolition and preserved, I also want to note I have personally reviewed the contract documents and plans, and the correct term for this project is "rehabilitation" as it does not meet the definition of "restoration" which seeks to be more respective of the original design and materials of the truss. Modern substitutes such as a large number of clevis style bracing connections and replacement of rivets with modern bolts mean that this is a rehabilitation rather than a restoration. That said, it does appear the original riveted built-up floor beams will be retained, although with the replacement of a number of rivets with bolts. On the other side of the coin, it appears a number of alterations on this bridge are from prior work not related to the current project, and some modern substitutes may be to address areas of the bridge that already suffered from loss of original material.
Temporarily closed for annual maintenance:
It's official! The Des Moines City Council has approved the restoration of the Green Bridge. Contract will be let in the coming week with the project to commence in the spring. If all goes well, the bridge will be reopen by this time next year. More details here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/11/25/reconstruct...
Many thanks to all that have helped a great deal to make it happen! :-D
The bridge near the U.S.Silica plant at Mapleton is an old haul road bridge from the older days when the sand plant used a fleet of smaller dump trucks to transport sandstone from various quarries to their plant.
The tied arch span of the new bridge will be lifted into place on December 1st, weather permitting. Drivers will not be able to use the old bridge while the span is being lifted into place.
Does anybody know anything about this photograph? We think it might have something to do with Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia. It does not resemble the current Frankford Avenue Bridge, but we also have no idea when the photograph was taken so perhaps it was before they widened it.
Replaced way before the SHAARD database came about. So any photos would likely have to come from a local source.
I added it here. Information will start to accumulate as people find it.
Most beautiful bridge I have seen in a long while.
Beautiful portal bracing!
Looks about 10-15 years older than listed.
I can't seem to find any information on the iron bridge that used to cross White River on Hwy 57, between Washington and Petersburg. It isn't listed in Pike county either. The county line is there at the river.
Some of us has a question for you about the old Eel River Hwy. 101 Viaduct in Mendocino County, CA. Could you tell us when the new section of Highway was opened and when they closed down the sidehill portion? We would appreciate it very much and would answer some questions from us old timers who drove over this section all of the time.
Thanks for your time in this matter.
Eldon G. Whitehead,
by comparing street views around the city of jackson and searching nbi information, Ive concluded that this is not Broadway, it is Harding and it is in the process of being replaced, according to recent satellite imagery.
I imagine that the old bridge is a shortcut for a few families. I also would not be surprised if a few folks still use the old bridge on occasion just for the fun of it.
Overall, the way Miami County handled this situation was highly commendable. There is no doubt that a new bridge was needed for heavier vehicles. Those who needed a new bridge got a new bridge. Those who appreciate the old bridge still have the old bridge. Thanks to Miami County building the new bridge on a different alignment, we have a win-win situation.
Even with the new Pressonville Rd bridge, this bridge still sees 26 cars a day.
The old, paved rd, OR Mtn Rd, Hwy 324, over the mtn is still in decent shape, about 6 miles long. S of the tunnel, it's on the W side of 199. N, on the East side. I put my flashers on, & for the down hill half, geared down my Corolla. No problems, i.e., w/ ground clearance.
At the rest area, there's a gated, abandoned rd that can be walked/biked, to the 324. Caltrans' rules include, no such hikes, while parked there. Fortunatly, there's a turnout, SW of the Rest Area.
Neither rd has dramatic views, but goes thru lush, temperate rain forest; quite nice. Plenty of camping spots, along the 324. At mile post 3.29 is a 100 yard spur, w/ a turn around. Opposite that, & 70 yds downhill on the 324, is where the Rest Area rd intersects, blocked & disguised by a dirt mound.
Maine Eastern Railway (MERR) has been bought out by the Central Maine & Quebec (CMQ). Passenger service from Brunswick to Rockland to cease.
Photo shows a Works Progress Administration built bridge
(1930s). In Roxton Texas between Sunset and Market streets. Railroad was Santa Fe's Dallas - Paris line.
Trying to figure out which bridge this is.
This bridge and the through truss to the east were on the old Texas Central / MKT Railroad, not a highway. Both are on private property and have been converted to a ranch road.
This bridge and the pony truss to the west were on the old Texas Central / MKT Railroad, not a highway. Both are on private property and have been converted to a ranch road.
I added rail-and-trail, as it's the more accurate category.
Also "Cherry Avenue Bridge" is the local name.
Removed the rail to trail. This is not a bridge converted to trail use. It has simply been made available for peds to cross. It is also not on Cherry Ave needs a more accurate name.
Has anyone else noticed how this thing slumps to the right? Is the sway bracing damaged?
There was a shot of this bridge on the latest episode of the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible.
Wikipedia has the following history about this bridge. It appears that it had some work done since it's original conception:
"In the late 1910s, with the deteriorating wooden Collins Bridge (now, the Venetian Causeway) as the only direct land route between mainland Miami and the barrier islands of Miami Beach, construction on the roadway began in 1917. The roadway, dedicated as the County Causeway, was completed in 1920. Watson Island was reclaimed surrounding the western end of the roadway, completed in 1926.
Having undergone several lane and structural expansions following opening of the original two-lane road, the State Road Board and Dade County Commission voted to rename the causeway in honor of World War II General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. The causeway was accessible from mainland Miami via Biscayne Boulevard and intersecting side streets through the 1990s, when replacement of the western- and easternmost spans and construction of direct highway access to I-395 began. The eastbound lanes of the bridges were completed in 1995, and westbound lanes finished in 1997."
This explains the "modern look" and so many lanes.
Thanx Chris Gonnerman for the wreckage pics; I hope to get some myself very soon, since my in-laws live close by. I have a friend who works for an engineering firm and he says a replacement is planned.
How did this bridge get its name?
It looks far to new to have been built in 1920. They also wouldn't have built an 8 lane one with shoulders.
This is a picture of my father (Joe Wells) walking near a bridge circa 1930. He was from the Guild - South Pittsburg area west of Chattanooga, Tennessee so it is a reasonable assumption it was taken in that area.
I would be so grateful(and impressed) if someone knows the bridge!
Dec 5 2015 is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the bridge, and the public is invited to walk across it. See following link for details: http://wfpl.org/public-walk-across-new-downtown-bridge-next-...
If you notice the words located at the very top of the bridge is similar to my picture, also there's a # right under the words so I believe this might be the bridge.
MoDOT is accepting proposals from agencies, individuals, organizations or businesses for preservation and adaptive reuse of the Sinking Creek Bridge 'in place' - YOU WOULD NOT NEED TO MOVE IT
Ideally the NPS or MoDNR would take this historic bridge since it borders on their parks - and could be easily incorporated into a future trail system, or used as a platform for an interpretive center or ranger station - or it might be leased to a concessionaire for any number of creative/useful purposes (as a platform for a campground, canoe livery, restaurant/store). A similar bridge on Route 19 at Eminence (BH 22543) has proven to be an asset to that community and has been used for a variety of purposes.
Should NPS and DNR decline to submit a viable proposal - MoDOT/FHWA will consider proposals from others.
A portion of the estimated $110,000 demolition costs would be available - adequate to make repairs needed to fix spalling concrete and to install pedestrian safety railing/fencing. Since heavy truck traffic has been removed, once those repairs are made - our engineers believe the bridge will not require any major work for at least 20 years.
It is unclear at this time how much of the adjacent ROW and roadway approaches might be included with the bridge if it were transfered to a private party - as those bits of 'excess ROW' may revert to the adjacent property owners (NPS-ONSR/MDNR) - and that could then require additional negotiation with NPS / MDNR for easements to access the bridge.
The current deadline for applications for this bridge is Dec 15. The contact person here at MoDOT is Karen.Daniels@MoDOT.mo.gov 573 526-7346
I've heard stories that a train plunged into the river off the old swing span and the the train engine was never found or retrieved due to it sinking in the mud on the bottom of the Atchafalya River. Is there any truth to this story??? I've never found anything on it...
Haven't had the heart so go past their to see. Hoot road bridge, which is about a mile away, and this fellow, were close to my home. Tried to drive them every few days. Hoot is in poor shape, but the road is almost derelict. They may just close it
Someone needs to clean this page up, its too big a job for my time and ability. There was a historic concrete arch here, but it was demolished in 2005 and replaced. Photos show the replacement bridge which I assume isn't even an arch. But the description here talks about the historic bridge.
Railroad through trusses built by them often had smaller plaques located on the endposts instead of the much larger overhead plaques.
I don't know much about the history, except that the Athens plant was known as Kellogg & Maurice in 1882.
Probably replaced with a lifeless culvert!
If CLR out of Vincennes did the work...Then this little span will probably find a new life somewhere.
You nailed it CV...1886 it is!
I thought I might have a positive match using my new Bridgehunter GSI (Graffiti Scene Investigation) photography analysis... But upon closer inspection it doesn't appear so.
Hope this doesn't diminish the chances of a possible TV series!
Ya just never know Erik... I have seen worse stand for much longer than expected.
You are amazing, I searched bridgehunter and couldn't find it. Thanks so much.
My guess would be the Carpenters Bluff Bridge between Texas and Oklahoma: