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Butler Creek Bridge

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oblique view

facing south west

Photo taken by Fmiser in October 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Description 

This bridge deck/slab is composed of timbers approx. 12 inches tall by 3 inches wide laid side by side with no gaps. The roadbed asphalt appears to be laid directly on top.

Facts 

Overview
Timber beam bridge over Butler Creek on County 14
Location
Goodhue County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1979
Design
Timber Stringer Trestle.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 99.0 ft.
Deck width: 84.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.45087, -92.90620   (decimal degrees)
44°27'03" N, 92°54'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/507463/4921956 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sogn
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
926
Inventory numbers
MN 25534 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 53915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Reclassified as beam
  • October 14, 2012: Added by Fmiser

Sources 

  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

Butler Creek Bridge
Posted October 15, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A few counties in Michigan (St. Joseph comes to mind) still builds wooden bridges of similar design today.

Butler Creek Bridge
Posted October 15, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A regional thing I guess. Here in the land of politicians and concrete companies owned by the same shadowy figures, it's strange to see any other material used if concrete can do the job.

Butler Creek Bridge
Posted October 15, 2012, by Matt Lohry

This bridge construction type was actually (and may still be) quite common in various areas of Minnesota as recently as the '90's. The bridge behind the link below was replaced with this exact bridge type in 1988. The bridge deck and the bents are identical to this one and is overlaid in asphalt.

http://www.bridgehunter.com/mn/st-louis/bh44817/

Butler Creek Bridge
Posted October 15, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nothing brilliant but certainly unusual to see this construction recently.

Butler Creek Bridge
Posted October 15, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built in 1979 according to the NBI - so it is not very historic yet. But because I found it interesting, maybe others will too.