Ma1172 'Barrel Shot' Showing Truss And Wooden Deck
Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record
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BH Photo #154711
The Atherton Bridge is now indefinitely closed to all traffic due to flood damage to the wooden deck. Its future is uncertain.
I confirmed the previous report from the anonymous user that the trail through the woods once used to access this bridge is closed, with a metal barrier blocking access and a sign reading "Trail Closed - No Trespassing". As such, the bridge can only be accessed if you have a boat to take on the river.
Given that this bridge's wooden deck is in even worse condition than the Atherton Bridge, I would be concerned about this bridge's safety if there were to be any significant floods that rose the river level this high (unlikely, but possible).
This Nationally important bridge should have long been preserved, it should be a disgrace for local preservation groups to see it that way!
There were several rumors being circulated among residents of the surrounding communities that this bridge had collapsed... however I have verified for myself that the bridge is intact but is not accessible. The wooden deck has completely deteriorated and has rotted away, but the iron superstructure remains intact. The narrow and steep trail through the woods that formerly connected this bridge to a nearby road was indefinitely closed last month due to the Triple E scare with no plans for reopening any time soon. The trail had not been maintained recently, anyways.