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Beaver Creek Bridge

Photos 

Old hwy68 L1

Photo taken by Mike Page in February 2010

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BH Photo #195378

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on Old US 68
Location
Barren County, Kentucky
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Bypassed 1956
Design
Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01364, -85.82307   (decimal degrees)
37°00'49" N, 85°49'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/604702/4097033 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hiseville
Inventory number
BH 44084 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Barren County, Kentucky (7)
Bypassed (153)
Closed (2,409)
Have street view (22,086)
KY 80 (4)
Kentucky (1,131)
Pony truss (15,052)
Pratt pony truss (3,180)
Pratt truss (8,020)
Truss (29,448)
US 68 (11)

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2011: New photo from Mike Page
  • July 23, 2010: New Street View added by Andrew Hansford
  • February 11, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Andrew Hansford
  • Mike Page

Comments 

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted December 9, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I took a little detour yesterday and drove old US 68 again. This time of year with the leaves gone the old bridge is visible. And, it's still hanging in there.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I guess a lot of us are members of the Bridgehunter "dumb luck" club. I found this span that was listed as being gone while driving to the beautiful "Triple Whipple" Laughery Creek Bridge. I have made a habit of looking both ways.....when crossing a new bridge. I didn't have to look very far to see this one http://bridgehunter.com/in/dearborn/1500003/

So Mike.......welcome to the club!

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Mike, you said, "I do more reading about other people's finds than hunting myself, so I count this as a total stroke of dumb luck."

Welcome to the club! Sometimes, you're just better off lucky than good. ;)

This is a great find, too!

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has a couple of spots displaying some pretty significant impact damage. This section of railing is curled nearly double. And nearly half of the rail section welded between the trusses on the same side is hanging loose and partially resting on top the pier.

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted February 11, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm so sorry JB. I was just looking at the map where you'd plotted the bridge and realized that I got my directions mixed up. It is the EAST approach that is still open as a county road, not the west. I was thinking "headed west". A duh moment on my part.

I took a total of 16 pictures, and still have them in full size (over 3000 pixels) if any of them might be of any help.

Abandoned bridge near Lecta, KY Possibly old US-68
Posted February 11, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was sitting on US-68 heading west, waiting for an accident to be cleared from a small bridge and was just kind of looking around. I overlooked this thing several times before I realized what I was looking at. There is an old truss bridge a couple hundred yards upriver from the current bridge. It's hidden pretty well by the trees. After traffic got moving I puttered around a bit and found that the east approach is barricaded and marked "road closed". But, from the west, it is still marked and opened as a country road, so I was able to drive all the way up to the rail closing the bridge. There were no markings or plaques on it anywhere that I could find. I didn't stay long, I was cold and being wimpy. But, I got GPS coordinates for anyone interested in checking it out. It's near Lecta, KY on US-68. The center of the bridge is 37 degrees, 00'49.05" by 85 degrees, 49'23.20". I do more reading about other people's finds than hunting myself, so I count this as a total stroke of dumb luck.