I agree the bridge appears very old. The critical detail doesn't show up real well because BridgeHunter shrinks images to 1600 pixels. I am attaching a crop of the photo showing just the floorbeam, with its distinctive paired channels with post-tensioning. I feel I have seen this detail somewhere else, I am just trying to think where.
Looks to be very light with rather small endposts. Might well date into the 1880's.
True Don... I saw that side view after I made my previous comment. Hard to tell what is original and what's not of the lower chord and floor system.
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This bridge is amazing at sunrise and in the winter!
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This bridge is full of positive messages. My favorite is the one that says "I've been saving smiles!" See more of my as I add them. This bridge is full of positive messages. See more from this graffiti bridge as I add them!
As a former veteran: Sonar Tech (SS) USS Narwhal SSN 671 and USS Jacksonville SSN 699, I speak against naming UCEB's in honor of vets. It is a dishonor, actually. If you really want to honor a vet by naming a bridge after him (them) then please find a bridge worthy of attention. Like this "Vets Mem. Bridge" in AL: http://bridgehunter.com/al/dale/pea-river/
Lets leave UCEBS for rednecks who want to use them to propose to their future spouses by spray painting their proposal questions on them.
The article refers to stringer beams having significant damage. At least that part is not 1896 design. The view from the water picture also shows substantial stringer beams.
So, Is this truly a truss bridge? Has it been rehabbed before adding stringers or maybe the truss structure was already used to decorate a stringer bridge?
I can't see it clearly in the pictures available. The rehab date is 1983.
At any rate, it looks to be kind of far from original already.
Thanks Matthew. I was hoping that nobody would misconstrue my post as being disrespectful to veterans - just disrespectful to UCEBs.
Also, I was one of the HSBs on this one!
2013 is fixing to be an nasty year for historic bridges. Here we have one of the oldest rivet-connected truss bridges in North America, abandoned, ready for restoration. Instead however, it is to be demolished and replaced with a pedestrian MOB.
I just wish they would have moved the pony to a park and kept it intact.
Here is the entry for the bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/cumberland/217204042736160/
Thank you for the clarification Nathan.
Technically this is a replacement project. However the most significant elements of the bridge... the trusses... are supposed to be saved. I cannot in good conscience call this a form of preservation, but it is a good compromise that prevents the loss of valuable Phoenix columns.
1897 Truss being repaired but, I'm not sure which one. The Hertzler Bridge is not listed as described on Bridgehunter.
Found a view from the water:
Posting mostly for the picture in that article:
Posting this one mostly for the picture:
Looks like this one might be sort of saved (at least the trusswork):
And, for once, the HSB (half star bandit) is actually right!
It looks like they are going to 'rehab' this bridge, does anyone know if this means 'replace'? It is a very nice Phoenix Column pony truss.
As a U.S. Marine veteran, I also agree with Anon #1--it's a nice thought, but they could have named a nice looking historic bridge after veterans rather than this ugly thing.
I have to side with the first anonymous here. I fully support the creation of war memorials, and the naming of bridges after war heroes. That being said, I think that this website should be limited to unique and interesting bridges, regardless of whether or not they are war memorials. It is great that this bridge was built as a war memorial, but the bridge itself is a modern UCEB.
The significance of this bridge is that it is a memorial to U.S. veterans.
This UP line through South St. Louis originates from the BNSF railroad west of Vandeventer/Tower Grove, travels west of Tower Grove Park, and continues through to meet up with the UP main line that parallels the Mississippi River at a point just north of the River Des Peres. Amtrak also uses this line, UP freight trains use it about five times daily.
Sadly, the bridge is being dismantled. (01/20/13)
I have photos of other bridge at (next to) this location mentioned by Jim Grey. Upon collecting the appropriate information, I can add it if warranted.
The garage door on the west portal is a part of the ventilation system.
A web site with much information
I'm not sure which bridge this is - the old or new Mamalahoa Rd.
Hawaii Belt Road is also called Mamalahoa and in general it follows the HCR railroad alignment which was converted to automobile use in the late 1940's. This is the new one. The old Mamalahoa road is the one that winds it's way down at each river and stream crossing where the former railroad alignment uses tall bridges and trestles.
Before I moved the marker, it was a couple miles out to sea. I moved it to the old Mamalahoa road crossing because that seems to fit the date better. But the NBI length and span info seems to match the new road. But the NBI also lists a steel stringer crossing this stream for Hawaii Belt Rd.
Anyway, I'm guessing this is the one on the old road. And I'm noting it here for future editors.
Here is an article that explains some of the issues that the contractor has run into with the reconstruction project.
The new bridge will be a haunched steel girder design, similar to the Veterans Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh. All of the piers have been replaced and use formliners to simulate textured stone.
High quality picture of the new bridge under construction:
When this bridge reopens in 2013, it will be renamed the Gov. John K. Tener Memorial Bridge.
Link to story:
This bridge was built in 1934, but the covered bridge that it replaced was taken down in 1921 according to this link: http://books.google.com/books?id=SgQ2_U8H4Q8C&pg=PA70&lpg=PA...
So the bridge survived the Civil War but was taken down later, however, if it was taken down in 1921 and the new bridge was built in 1934 what was there during the interim?
This bridge was replaced in 2011 by a similar Pony Truss. The new bridge is approximately the same length but is on new abutments that were raised slightly. This is to better accomodate flood waters that can be seen in the spring. The roadway was widened slightly to add shoulders. Also, the new bolted truss is completely galvanized to minimize maintenance requirements.
This bridge was recently shown on a recent episode of Moonshiners on the Discovery Channel
The Beaver Bridge could not have been built in 1943, as the original drawings were dated October 21, 1947. You can find them here:
Dear Bridge Hunter
According to other sources
the "Beaver Bridge" was built in 1943, NOT 1949, as stated above?
(I was searching for a birthday card picture of a bridge as old as my uncle, who is a retired Honorary Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
Who is now right?
Kind Regards from Switzerland
I added this bridge because it was there when I stayed at the resort in the early 1990s and still is there today according to the Google Earth Images. I remember it being painted brown back then so the have since repainted it green per the Google Images. Back then you had to be staying at the resort to access the bridge but it looks like you can now access it without having to go through a gate. So get some picture of it for me.
I can remember living in Beardstown as a kid when the old swing bridge was still in place. It took large barges forever to anchor barges north and south of the bridge while they transported just a few at a time through the narrow channel. We used to always wave at the bridge tenders as we would pass under the bridge in our speed boat or fishing boat. Then when I was in the 3rd grade (1971-72), they replaced it with the current lift bridge, seen here. We thought the most impressive thing about the new bridge was that it was remote controlled from the yard about 1-2 miles south. The bridge tenders house was no more, which was sad.
Looking at this and the other similar, nearby trusses, I wonder if the date on this is a rehab and if it actually dates from 1922 like the others.
The picture posted in the comment was another bridge. The 2012 google earth imagery shows the same steel trestle still here.
Photo of the bridge a few days before it was closed for demolition in January 2013. This is from the south side looking north.
Art, it's a 220ft [67 m] Parker built in 1917.
The deck on this bridge has been replaced in the past three years or so. You can still smell the treatment in the wood when you drive over it
Jan 19, 2013. Still up and "looking good." Didn't walk on it because it was too dangerous to get on the access plank (south end). A great photo op.
Through the 50's this was a "walking" bridge, maybe 3' wide and was replaced by the vehicle bridge in the 60's maybe?
A man hung himself from this bridge about 5-6 years ago.
The western end of this line is still very much in use with track condition very good, The industrial spures are operated by Central Midland Railroad.
Years ago my father reported that this bridge and others like it were dismantled and used in the war effort in the European campaign. It was hinted that it was used in France and returned. It's construction certainly lent itself to being disassembled and moved fairly easily. I have always wondered if this was true. He had said that someone local had witnessed the events. Needless to say...
Now that it is gone my questions have lost most of their significance,
My mood is rather somber after reading all of these posts of doom and gloom! So to all of the perps involved in these travesties I give you one of these....
Todd Baslee Photo
The Uglybridges link for this bridge is called Winding Road over Kings River. Isn't that a different bridge? How far apart are they?
They're dropping like flies!
Bridge was recently closed due to a 12 inch piece of sandstone falling from north tower. The bridge has been reopened. The damage was superficial.
Fire today at the bridge
What is the name of the other bridge in Photo #1?
I was curious how tall is that bridge and is it on public property?
I found pics and the location on GE; it is a double-intersection Warren with horizontal chords. Another bonehead decision made by boneheads with too much power...replace a perfectly intact, beautiful historic bridge with...an MOB. Nice.
Not sure which bridge this is but it was built in the 19th century by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., so it might be a lenticular truss that's about to come down:
Seven Island Bridge in jeopardy:
New article about upcoming demolition:
Demolition contract awarded:
He lied to me then. Good to see it still standing.
This bridge is an ancient example of a concrete arch bridge so is noteworthy despite loss of original railings. Unfortunately, it is located just beyond the security checkpoint for Gary Works.
This might also work with MSExplorer, but I don't have a way to try it.
The Township is grateful to Workin' Bridges and it's group of experts for getting the project moving forward. "Once contacted, Workin' Bridges has been instrumental in getting the experts involved and providing the Township with the necessary steps to proceed with a bidding process. Everyone involved has gone above our expectations with this project, and have been wonderful to work with." Liz Messner, Township Superviosr
I have never heard that 1875 structure being called the portageville bridge. Do a little research. On the east side of the bridge was the Portage Station. It has historically always been refered to as the Portage Bridge. Portage and Portageville are two separate areas. Portageville is a mile from the bridge. On the east side still stands an old highway marker showing the name Portage.
The CSX/CSXT argument pops on on Bridgehunter often. Perhaps I can provide a diplomatic comment. The reporting mark may indeed be CSXT but the big name that you see painted on the engines is simply "CSX" and furthermore, if you visit the company website, they have a map and their tracks are called the "CSX Rail Network" in the legend. Perhaps this is like the Interstate highway system in Pennsylvania. The signs say "I-80" but the internal PennDOT designation and the marking on segment markers is SR-80.
My thought is that people who know what CSXT is probably also know what CSX Railroad refers to, but CSXT might confuse the general public who don't even know what a reporting mark is.
'CSX Transportation' is the proper name of the freight rail subsidiary of the CSX Corporation, hence the reporting mark 'CSXT' found on all CSX locomotives and rolling stock.
I live near this bridge and used to travel across it daily for nearly 20 years. You are correct in your statement of "no maintenance on this bridge". I have not seen any maintenance in the nearly 20 years of my travels, yet 10 years ago the county spent tens of thousands of dollars if not more to repair a wash out area on the road four hundred feet south of the bridge. The bridge is now closed. The road is closed to through traffic With no repair plans as the county stated "We do not want to throw good money at a bad idea".
The structure at these coordinates does not appear to be an historic bridge, at least from way up here in the satellite.
I'd like images to open up in a new window when enlarged.
As it stands now, if you click enlarge on say, picture #58, then use the back button to return to the bridge page, the picture on the page reverts to #1. On pages with lots of pictures, it might take a lot of clicks either direction to get back to the picture following the one you enlarged.
Maybe you could have both an "enlarge" button and an "open large size in new window" button.
Maybe I could just learn to use "right click | open link in new window". Nah, that's too inconvenient.
Looks like seismic upgrades are the excuse for modernizing this old span.
"The wooden deck will be replaced with steel beams and a steel grating deck. Concrete rock anchors and micro-pilings, as well as lateral structural steel bracing members, will be installed to strengthen the deck and bring it up to speed with earthquake code requirements."
-- Big Island Now, July 27th, 2012
Those photos are of Bruns' Bridge.
The portal design, the stringer/girder bridge curving in the background of photo 2, 3. I even recognize the sandbar in photo 1 from my visit.
I made a field visit to this bridge today and I did not see any evidence of the damage mentioned below. There are a couple sections of wooden planks missing, but those have been missing for many years. I attach a photo of the bridge as of January 16, 2013.
I generally go with 50 years as well, but I decided to make an exception in this case.
I use a 50 year old guideline Robert. So this one isn't really that far off of being historic if you ask me.
This bridge was replaced by a modern pony truss many years ago.
This is not a MOB. It is a 1966 through arch bridge. While it is modern, I would consider it to have at least some architectural significance.
I have been wondering about adding these bridges to the website. They are certainly modern, but they are unique. Definitely more interesting than a MOB.
The bridge is the rare Conestogo Bridge in Waterloo Region, Ontario. http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...
The commercial had caught my eye as well and I added a brief mention of it to the end of the narrative. For those who are curious a link to the commercial is provided as well.
A bit on the Medal of Honor winner for whom this bridge is named:
According to my uncle who lives out there, the bridge is gone as of Jan 5th 2013 after a random collapse due to snow. He went out there and the bridge wood was gone, but the metal is all still standing.
This bridge was inspected and closed after the US 51 Hatchie River bridge collapsed in Henning around 1989. The inspection found scouring around the main span piers and extensive concrete spalling on the approach spans. Its not apparent with the summer overgrowth, but there are a few of the south approach spans being held in place with large wooden posts.
Good one Jim. I had forgotten about this one. I have family there and have used this underpass a few times.
Towards the end of the commercial there is an old Iron Pinned through truss in the back ride side of the commercial. Just wanted to point it out. Does anyone have any idea what bridge it could be?
Found this video about the new Broadway Bridge design. It appears that there will be no UCEB, but a double arch bridge instead.
Hmmm, what is the significance of this bridge?
Why why why? Does anybody today have any common sense to save something this rare and historical? What purpose is destroying this structure going to achieve? Maybe the local authorities should do there job and actually patrol these types of areas for young careless drug attics partying teens who could care a less about anything but there iPhones and getting high/drunk. How many more rare old historical bridges do we have to abolish never to be seen again before people wake up?
The railroads typically did this when they expected that they might double track the line. They would then need to have the wider piers to support the wider spans. By putting in the wider piers when the bridge was built it saved on the expense of doing it later.
Planned to become a rail-trail in the coming years
I agree that adding the license information for photos would be a good idea. It just helps protect people's property.
Thank you so much for making that page, Tony! :)
These bridges have now been named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2012. See http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/...