Just FYI: Regarding this linked article, Shelbyville is WEST of Lexington, not east. It is east of Louisville.
RATS LIVE NOT ON EVIL STAR
It's a term I have used for many years...
*I see it was also the title of a short-lived CBS show starring Halle Berry!
Cant decide what to put on my bridge visiting hard hat, Drochaid Sealgair or Pontem Ventator!
Extant is a commonly misused word in general. Many people think that it means gone, when it actually means still in existence.
Gee, and here I thought that the Highlands Latin School was where they mixed Gaelic and Latin...gabh mo leisgeul...
Slow Sunday on Bridgehunter...
Tu Auten Ponten Venator!
(Scottish) Highland Latin? I'm not sure which language to groan in.
At least it's more or less extant (Latin exstant), meaning existent or surviving, an old word from the Latin commonly used incorrectly on BH.
Tapadh leibh :-)
Well, I don't know how to say bucket list in Gaelic but Bridgehunting in the Highlands is on my bucket list. Scotland has some incredible stone arch bridges. Plus I wouldn't mind seeing the ancestral homeland of our family...
Klaatu barada nikto
drochaid sealgair às a 'Ghàidhealtachd
Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Ciamar a tha sibh fhein?
Ixnay on the atinlay
Linguam Latinam in quibusdam locis adhuc
Magnum narras, nihil usquam non est verum. fornicem in lapide constructa, ut habetur Luc prodidere MDCCCLXIX aperto loco ubi Lorem filiorum. Adhuc in scholis docuerint classica latina forma structurae linguae Latinae per quattuor saltem annos. Tamen, invenitur interesting.
A couple of points of correction: This is actually TWO bridges. The highway bridge carrying Broadway (and this modern affectation of calling it Broadway STREET annoys me to no end) was built in 1898 as the railroad bridge. It also had a wooden deck to allow wagons and pedestrians to use it. It replaced the first iron railroad bridge in 1898 - a Fink truss built in 1868. The Fink truss replaced the second railroad covered bridge at this location lost in a flood in 1867. The second covered bridge replaced the first covered bridge which was burned by the Confederates in 1863 during the occupation of Frankfort. The covered bridge replaced the first railroad bridge at the location which was a wire suspension bridge. David Morse of Frankfort can give even more detail on the history of the railroad and crossings.
The present railroad bridge was built in 1929.
Yes, the abutments are significantly older than the bridge. The abutments are clearly Antebellum and given that the original span was a double-barrel due to the width of the masonry, I would estimate circa 1832 and built by James Carrothers would be a reasonable guess.
What is not known is if the original covered bridge survived the Civil War or was replaced by a second one which was very common in the Commonwealth.
Unfortunately, no photographs of the covered bridge(s) at this location have been discovered.
The mid-1920s saw significant bridge and highway improvement work in Kentucky. I don't have the link available at the moment, but, the 1925 Highway Commission Report is available online and should tell, if not the scope of the project, at least the cost of it. From this it should be able to reasonably ascertain if repairs were major or minor.
Just in case you're curious where the covered bridge was. The south abutment and the pier footings can still be seen.
This bridge has been moved and saved. Grayson County has reinstalled the bridge at a new park they are building in Leitchfield, KY. It is going to be used for pedestrian access from downtown to other park facilities.
86 17 27.42W
37 28 39.48N
There is no Clark Fork River in Harlan County, Kentucky. The river in this picture is the Clover Fork River.
Got to visit the bridge at night finally. The detail lighting on the truss is amazing.
The 1921 date is incorrect and was my mistake. The bridge was damaged by an overloaded traction engine in 1909 and was removed and replaced by an iron pony truss. THIS bridge was replaced by a heavier pony truss about 1921ish which in turn was replaced by a wider concrete bridge in 1934.
I just got a better look. You're correct. The old bridge was bypassed and left in place.
Unfortunately there's not street level imagery available, though I have not checked Bing Maps. I saw the barriers on the old alignment but it appeared to me that the old bridge had been removed. I did find a recent engineering report which recommended it for preservation but I would be curious to know the outcome. Specifically I need to get down there and see if I can reconcile the abutments with the covered bridge photograph.
I agree. Also looks like the original bridge was left standing and not demolished. Looks like Jersey barriers were placed in front.
Satellite imagery appears to indicate that this bridge has been removed and replaced by concrete at a slightly revised alignment.
It is looking likely that the ferry will never be placed back in service at this location. The low level dam several miles down river that created a slackwater pool for the ferry to operate has failed. Because there is no longer any commercial navigation on the upper Green River, repair is unlikely.
This bridge appears to be quite rare based on report by Kentucky Transportation Center:
Built in 1917, this bridge is comprised of a pin connected Pratt deck truss and two pin-connected Warren deck trusses. This is the only bridge with this truss configuration in the state and one of only two pinconnected deck truss bridges in the state inspection inventory. The Pratt span is 115.2 feet long and the Warren spans are each 55 feet long. The bridge has been closed and barricaded since the 1980s and likely originally served as a railroad bridge. Last inspected in July 2011, the bridge is described as structurally deficient. Its ADT in 2006 was 300. Its projected ADT by 2026 is 1968. It is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. It has pin connections and a rough cut stone substructure. On the NBI, the deck, superstructure and substructure are each rated respectively 0, 4, and 0. The channel and channel protection are rated 0. Its sufficiency rating is listed at 19.50. The operating rating is 0.0 tons and the inventory rating is 0.0 tons. It is closed. Mike West, the bridge engineer for District 11, said the bridge was closed because the deck is gone and the railings may be gone. The piers need grouting and the truss top is severely corroded. He estimated a cost of $500,000 to repair and paint. On a scale of one to ten, he rated this bridge a 9, but he thought it may not be preservable at all.
Certainly looks like the Community takes care of their Historic Bridge!
Well, I am not terribly familiar with Kentucky bridges, but Anonymous just posted a potentially older one in the forum. The Old Clay's Ferry Bridge and the Hopewell Bridge are among the oldest ones in the state that I have visited.
Is this the oldest bridge in Kentucky?
CLOSED to traffic last year by the village idiots from Frankfort. Open to foot traffic.
Yeah, the Amman Awards feature some incredible bridges this year. Bridge of the Year will be a tough decision.
Do hate auto correct....
On a light note. Recall those days of your and feel sorry for this "special snowflake generation" I swam after eating, road my bike through the woods without a helmet and even ran with scissors! On a serious note: Popped into Bridge hunters chronicles , pretty impressive slate of bridges,. I would value your opinion for example Bridge of year is it more important to FIND these treasures ie Clarks Creek one of "Hidden bridge Nick's finds" or SAVE a known one Like Bach Steel Bowstring. Obviously both important as these seem to be front runners , Opinion?
Deville. Bright red. I sold it a couple years ago. It no longer ran, and I knew that I was not going to have time to fix it up. It was sure a fun car to go Bridgehunting in though. I can't count how many times I took that old tank over the Creamery Bridge in Kansas...and the nearby Carey's Ford Bridge...those were the days...
Deville or Eldorado?
I am not even a resident of Louisville, but just having driven through the city a few times, I have figured that this toll plan will backfire.
I would not be surprised to see an increase in traffic on the Sherman Minton Bridge either. That one has always been busy when I have crossed...save for a 3 AM trip that I made across it as a teenager...in a 1973 Cadillac...
I very much enjoyed visiting this bridge recently. It is unaltered, with the unusual fact that there have never been any barriers added alongside the truss lines. For a photographer, this is great because it makes it easy to (when traffic clears) get out in the roadway for a mid-deck shot. Unfortunately, this bridge is about to get a 20% traffic increase, so getting those shots will soon be more difficult. What's ironic is this increase is actually the result of MORE bridges being built in the region... however these new bridges will be TOLLED, so people seeking to avoid the tolls will use this bridge (not tolled) more frequently.
Years ago a friend that lived close to these 2 bridges told me that the old bridge here is actually the 2nd structure meaning there are actually 3. I can't verify this info. Maybe someday I'll hike in and look for the original.
This bridge is on a historical American Civil War site. Morgan's raiders burned the original covered bridge in July 1863. Explains why that want to preserve the stones etc.
This bridge is located on Old Taylorsville Road between Wilderness Trail and Pope Lick Road (the section that leads back to Pope Lick Park). This bridge was closed/shutdown about the same time the (Old) Routt Road bridge (located about 700' away) was closed/shutdown. Local residents were told that both of these bridges were to be replaced by the City of Louisville, but ... the money that was set aside for new bridges somehow just vanished, or got re-appropriated for some other project. In short, it never happened. As Pope Lick Park grew in popularity, the road behind Hatmaker's Gas Station was "re-aligned" and made a gentle curve (instead of the previous zig-zag) back to the Park Area. Watch the power lines and telephone poles and you can figure out the original alignment of Old Taylorsville Road and Pope Lick Road.
This bridge is where Routt Road used to be located, right before you get to Bradbe Road. When you cross the "modern" bridge, look to your right and you will see this bridge about 300' downstream. I was/still am good friends with the family that lives there now (Leroy and Monica) and the previous family (The Schafer's) that used to live there for several decades before. The party shack was added by Leroy after he bought the property from the Schafer's. I can't begin to even count how many hours I/we spent playing on/near/around/under that bridge when I was a pre-teen and teenager. Good times ...
The second picture is where a similar bridge was located. It was at the far end of Fisherville right after Van's Service Station (owned by my father Elmer). If you drove down Old Taylorsville Road through "downtown" Fisherville today, you would pass Pound's Auction on the right, then see the Fisherville Post Office on the left, and then my Dad's building on the left, then about 20 more feet and the road is closed as the bridge is no longer there. My Dad's building is used today as a horse barn. If you go to the edge of the bridge support/embankment, you will see the same houses on the other side of the creek, as depicted in the photo. If you go past Fisherville on (New) Taylorsville Road and cross the "modern" bridge, turn right immediately after crossing to find these pictured houses and the other side of this lost bridge. I'm not sure when it was removed or shutdown exactly, but I do remember it being closed and we used to walk out on it. I also have pictures of my Dad's Service Station when it was open (1960-65? -ish).
I could be wrong ... but ...
The Blue Rock Hotel was located on what is now known as Old Routt Road. Therefore this should be a picture of the Old Routt Road bridge, which collapsed in the 70s/80s when a semi-truck carrying a bulldozer tried to cross it. The bridge collapsed between two support piers and fell onto dry land, along with the semi-truck and the bulldozer, but again not into the water. It was repaired/replaced with a temporary section that looked like an army/military-style bridge, and continued to be used for quite a while after the collapse. Eventually it was closed and sat for a long time before finally being dismantled. I think they also removed the stone support piers later. I grew up about 1/4 mile from this bridge location. I also have several pictures of this bridge.
Why is this bridge considered derelict/abandoned? It's clearly there in satellite photos. Even if the bridge seen is a replacement, the old one wouldn't be abandoned. It would have been demolished, since this is the only bridge seen in any photos.
Visited this bridge a couple weeks ago. It is by leaps and bounds the most impressive colored LED lighting system I have ever seen (and I have seen several bridges with decorative LED lighting). The installation was clearly done professionally. The attention to detail is so complete that even the insides of built-up beams are illuminated, allowing the beautiful riveted lattice to be highlighted even at night. Also the lighting is arranged so that what you see from beside the bridge is totally different from what you will see walking on the bridge. It appears to have been a huge success from an investment perspective too, as I found this bridge to be packed with people on a Friday night.
The ferry is still in operation. It may have been closed due to high water or maintenance of some sort.
I say that because it's been mentioned on the news recently. It will be closed for "a while" due to a police investigation (a car with human bones was recently pulled out of the river near there).
KY-490 is an old (or old-er) alignment of US-25.
Sometime in the 1940's (b/w 1937 and 1951) US-25 was changed so that it goes southwest when it reaches Livingston.
This newer alignment of 25 goes south from Livingston until it meets back up with KY-490 near East Bernstadt.
Bridge has been replaced.
The old bridge is still there and has been decorated on its base by large, colorful graffiti. If only the stones could talk!
Was this bridge moved here from somewhere else? Maybe as a decoration for the cemetery?
Pottinger Creek is kind of near Holy Cross, but it doesn't flow through the cemetery. In fact, no creek does. You can see that in the pics.
Neat old bridge. I shot this photo from the deck about two weeks ago.
There were originally two bridges at this location, but one would later be removed. The vehicular clearance under this bridge is 7 feet.
My G. G. Grandfather built this bridge with his brother Parmaly. I cannot believe how much wrongful information you have published in this article on the internet. First, it was built in 1855, not 1880. My guess is you use 1880 as a basis to call it a wheeler truss bridge. The date of the patent for the wheeler truss is 1880. It is our belief that Mr. (I forgot his name at this moment - I'm in Shanghai China at this moment showing some Chinese friends the bridge photos) happened upon this bridge during his travels, copied the design and applied for a patent - 25 years after the bridge was built. Two weeks ago there was a wedding on the bridge. I arrived too late to intervene as I showed up to water my horses. I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked along the road 1/4 mile away from the bridge. They had 200 people on the bridge - about 10,000 pounds more weight that the Ky dept of transportation engineers calculated for functional weight of 28,000 lbs. I restrict the Diners to 125 for our dinner on the bridge function. You can text me now at 6069236066, or call that number after 13Sept when I'm home.
i have photos from 1945 from my grandma who lived next to it if you d like some more pics, she took a few different angles with hand drawn maps on back..
Well, Kentucky has some great bridges. I pulled off of 75 on my last trip to visit Clay's Ferry - after taking a detour to cross the Ironton-Russell Bridge one last time.
I'm from this area, but now live in the Louisville Kentucky area.
I grew up in Kansas, did a brief stint in Decorah, Iowa, and now live in Texas. I have family in West Virginia, so I become a Tunnelhunter when I go there.
Actually, no. I just happened to take a quick look at the webcam. I did a quick site visit to this bridge and drove it and the Lake Barkeley bridge both ways back in October. I did not have time to stop for photos as I was trying to get across the country.
I was just barely able to see the Pocahontas Bridge (Arkansas), both Cairo Bridges, the Brookport Bridge, and these LBL Bridges before heading East. That was a fun day for a Bridgehunter!
Robert you live in this area? I'm on vacation visiting family this
I noticed that they were drilling a pylon today. Obstructions are generally not welcomed in navigation channels...
Looks like "Suburban sprawl" is starting to creep up on this area...Unfortunately. Would be nice if they could realign the road a bit and keep the old bridge and mill together.
Unfortunately this bridge was closed to all traffic at the beginning of July 2016 when a "substantial crack" was discovered in the truss. I have also seen a large crack on the abutment/wingwall. It hasn't been said if the bridge will be repaired or replaced, but talk of replacing the bridge has occurred in the past so that is what I expect to happen. This little workhorse carried a LOT of traffic - too many vehicles for me to keep track of on my visis. Too bad the state ignored it and it came to this. Get out to see it before it's gone!
Illinois maintains the bridge as they own it.
The four main spans were demolished this morning.
The four main spans are scheduled to be imploded on Monday, July 25th.
The design of the second bridge was produced by a company called Hazelet and Erdal, Inc. out of Louisville KY. This was before my employment with them. Its first intial in-depth inspection was performed by a team of inspectors (which included me) in 1988 or 1989 employed by Hazelet and Erdal, Inc.. After numerous buyouts, H&E has become part of AECOM.
Dallas E. Montgomery PE,RLS
Burgess and Niple, Inc.
I haven't actually been by there yet, but I saw pics in the Spencer Magnet...
The bridge has been replaced (just east of the old bridge) and this bridge has been demolished. I'm not sure how great of a change there was in the alignment of KY-55 in the immediate area.
When I first saw plans for the replacement on the KY Transportation website, it was originally planned to be further east and would have lined up with the part of KY-55 that goes north of Taylorsville. From what I've seen in the paper, the road will still be making the "Z" that it has always done in downtown Taylorsville.
Is this referring to the railroad bridge or the car traffic bridge? In either case this infomation is inaccurate.No bridge goes over the railroad. Both are currently closed, though not at the time of this post, do to flood damage.Both have been refitted after the date posted.
This bridge has been relocated (May 2016) to Sandy Lee Watkins Park, Henderson, KY. It is currently in the process of being installed as an addition to the walking trail.
Got to take a cruise on the Belle of Louisville last night. I was ready to take the full side shot of the Big Four, I did not realize how jumpy that boat is when its steaming down the river. So these were the two best I got.
Little sad, spent a lot of time on these bridges in my childhood. I knew when I crossed that bridge I was back home.
I don't suppose they have the intelligence to simply build this ugly new cable stayed bridge nearby on new alignment and leave the beautiful historic 1932 bridge alone. One of the renderings showed the newer cantilever truss standing next to the cable stayed bridge.
So that's great. The Ohio River loses yet another beautiful cantilever truss bridge, and the I-69 Canada-Mexico corridor is one step closer to ensuring that my home state of Michigan gets even MORE truck traffic. As if we needed or wanted any. I-69 in Michigan already has so many trucks that its almost impossible to use cruise control (because they drive so slow) and its hazardous because 90% of truck drivers are half asleep and wandering out of their lane constantly.
New bridge in the future for Indiana and Kentucky. Governors Pence and Bevin signed the paperwork today.
This bridge is moving to Sandy Lee Watkins Community Park, in Henderson County where it will span a canal between two lakes. http://www.maysville-online.com/news/local/new-life-for-long...
Demolition has begun. The first step will be deck removal. You can track progress here:
I was at this bridge on June 10 '16 and it was closed to all but foot and bike traffic. Looking at the pictures on the Johnson Creek Covered Bridge Facebook page it seems to have been closed to traffic since at least Aug '15.
I thought there was a corporate sponsorship behind it. I'll check with my wife and see if any of her co-workers who are local to the area can tell her anything. One of the guys used to fish and swim off of it as a kid, and he's one of those guys who knows everyone and everything about the area.
Well... Hopefully it's just a temporary thing and the bridge will be completed someday soon. Probably safer sitting here than out where it was before... I hope.
Yeah, that's pretty sad.
Kind of looks forgotten, wonder if funding ran out.
Looks like demolition is going to take a while
I'd rather have one of the historic spans Robert!
...Too bad I don't have a place to put it!
Looks like the replacement span is up for sale. Any takers?
Tourist dies on search for Pope Lick monster
A 26-year-old tourist from Ohio was fatally struck by a train in Louisville while hunting for a ghost with her boyfriend
I think this ferry is no longer in service. Two years ago I went to the Acre's of Wine. They told me It was no longer in service.