Photo taken by James Baughn
BH Photo #232655
I do too; I think it looks very nice; much better than any UCEB! Also, this bridge was built where there was no bridge or railroad previously, meaning that it did not replace an historic bridge, which is also a big plus.
Modern. But I like it. It beats Yet Another Ugly Extruded Concrete Bridge.
Unlike some of the new MOB pedestrian bridges that I don't have much respect for...this is not a bad looking bridge and sure beats what could have been built here.
I still like seeing truss bridges painted, but since this is a process that is rarely performed with any regularity...it makes sense to produce ones that are low maintenance.
These new bridges are not 'just rusting out'. They are made from 'weathering steel' also known by the popular brand name CorTen steel. Only a thin outer layer rusts and then the rust coating actually prevents further corrosion. It's very strong, long lasting and best of all, nearly maintenance free (no painting and repainting required).
So what? Let them rust out carrying traffic? We can do way better than this. Who are you anyway? At least everything I post, whether you like it or not, is attributed to me.
Yes, really. Because quite a few individuals on this site get butthurt about the inclusion of anything that is modern or that they don't like. For example, the flatcar stringer bridges that have been added to the site recently are relatively notable for the fact that they are recycled railcars that would likely just end up rusting away in some junkyard, but instead have been recycled and put to good use on seldom maintained roads. The comments they received can be summed up as "GARGHHEAFA THESE AREN'T HISTORIC AND BECAUSE THEY AREN'T HISTORIC THEY SHOULDN'T BE ON THIS SITE."
What's this? The webmaster uploaded a modern bridge? People are going to be butthurt about this, as per usual.