The old bridge was replaced by this modern truss, which opened in Spring, 2007.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007
BH Photo #110108
The Hungry Hollow Road bridge was completed in 1935, but just barely. A December 8, 1935 newspaper article indicates that the project was held up by cold weather. Concrete for the north approach span had been poured and forms were being built for the center span. The south approach still had to be paved.
In 1935 WPA funds had become available for road improvements, and some of that money was to be used to pave Hungry Hollow Road. Even though the bridge would be finished, the road work would not be finished until the Spring of 1936.
R. McCalman, Inc. of Danville was the contractor for paving the road and bridge. Worden-Align Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was contractor for the steelwork and removal of the old bridge.
I had figured that the old bridge was probably a steel truss bridge - and I was wrong. The newspaper described it as "a wooden automobile bridge". It was dismantled and the pieces marked, then reassembled over the North Fork River in Harrison Park. It was used there until the summer of 1945, when it fell into the river.
I've taken several photos of the earlier bridge over the years and I can't find any of them. Here is a photo from the Commercial-News of the bridge being prepped for demolition. It was a skewed truss that crossed the North Fork at a slight angle.
When the new tied arch bridge was built they had placed lights below the roadway that illuminated the arch, and was a nice effect.
Had J.R. Manning walked the road to the river he'd find that the old old south abutment from the old old bridge is still there and fortunately wasn't destroyed when they built the tied arch bridge. That was either an unusual case of historical sensitivity on the city's part, or it just happened to be outside the kill zone.
Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.