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Spring Fork Bridge

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Spring Fork Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in April 2009

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BH Photo #137185

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Spring Fork on Pat Tousey Road
Location
Grayson County, Kentucky
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1950
Design
Riveted Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 47.9 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 10.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.51500, -86.54917   (decimal degrees)
37°30'54" N, 86°32'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/539841/4152100 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Falls of Rough
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
25
Inventory numbers
KY 043-C00024N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18798 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 17, 2009: New photo from C Hanchey

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Spring Fork Bridge
Posted January 18, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just got a better look. You're correct. The old bridge was bypassed and left in place.

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted January 18, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted January 17, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree. Also looks like the original bridge was left standing and not demolished. Looks like Jersey barriers were placed in front.

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted January 17, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery appears to indicate that this bridge has been removed and replaced by concrete at a slightly revised alignment.

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted August 3, 2014, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found this picture on Etsy about one year ago. Comparing it to the contemporary photographs, I can't say yes and I can't say no. Curious to hear opinions

Photograph by a Kentucky photographer named Charles H. Strader. This photo comes from one of his personal photo albums, but, is not identified. According to someone knowledgeable in his biography, Strader (1864 - 1943) was from Madison County but lived in Barren County as an adult. His family vacationed in the area of the Green River and this photograph was with a group of photographs that, where identified, were taken in this area of the Commonwealth. Best guess is that this image is circa 1890 - 1900. Laughlin Collection. Charles H. Strader Collection. All Rights Reserved.

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted March 29, 2011, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] Gmail [dot] com)

A gentleman named Tom Porter contacted me seeking information on his ancestor Elias Porter who started the mill on Spring Fork at Tousey in Grayson County. According to a history of Tousey that Mr. Porter provided, the covered bridge was replaced by this bridge in 1938. If anyone can provide information that I can pass on to Mr. Porter I would greatly appreciate it.

Walter Laughlin

Kentucky's Covered Bridges

Arcadia Publishing, 2007

Laughlin.Robert@Gmail.com

Spring Fork Bridge
Posted March 29, 2011, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] Gmail [dot] com)

A covered bridge stood at this location prior to this bridge. This is the Kentucky Highway Department survey sheet for that bridge from 1937. Unfortunately, no photograph of the covered bridge has (yet) been discovered.