Do it for Halloween and you might get away with it!
Dress up as a train and see if you can make the signals change!
Volunteers to test Clark's theory?
Seeing two cameras pointing in the same directions makes me wonder if one or both are for computer image based traffic control rather than actually providing images for human viewing. You may have seen similar cameras at intersections providing images to software that decides when to change the lights.
I did notice the cameras. A few minutes after I began walking back to my vehicle, some sort of security officer came driving down the path. I'm guessing they take security on this bridge very seriously.
Thanks for the new pix of the Merchants Bridge. I note with interest the picture of the portal bracing on one span. Do you notice the security cameras (at least two) in that shot?
Federal money...contain themselves...in the same sentence? No, they can't contain themselves.
I wish the Bridgehunter community could get the federal bridge money that all the states receive. I'm sure there's a LOT of bridges we could save. And probably save money doing it too!
Wake up Sharon! You were dreaming....
They just can't contain themselves can they? Hey, here's another landmark nationally significant historic truss bridge we haven't blown up and sent to the scrapyard yet, lets waste a bunch of tax dollars to replace it with a cable-stayed bridge so all of America can look like Vancouver.
If they do attempt to replace this bridge I will ensure this bridge is found eligible for the National Register which will trigger Section 106.
Replace the Merchant's bridge with what? All the Mississippi river railroad bridges have been trusses. IIRC, the newest railroad crossing across the Mississippi river in the midwest was the CB&Q/BN/BNSF bridge at Qunicy, IL, built in 1960.
Uh-Oh! Federal money involved! The second paragraph in this article:
I think the TRRA owns the Merchants Bridge, just as they do the MacArthur bridge downstream. However it is used by many of the local railroad companies (UP, NS and BNSF among others). Due to its age (built in 1890) only one train is allowed to cross the main span of the Merchants Bridge at a time, despite the approaches having been rebuilt.
what rr is this on?
The steel inside the bridge was modified a long time ago to accomodate taller freight. The approaches to the Merchants Bridge were rebuilt in 2005.
I LIVED IN A SMALL HOUSEBOAT WE CALLED "THE SHACK" WHICH WAS ON THE BANK OF THE RIVER NOT MORE THAN 100 YARDS SOUTH OF THIS BRIDGE ON THE ST. LOUIS SIDE FROM 1942 THROUGH 1947. MY BROTHERS AND I DELIGHTED IN CLIMBING INTO THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE TO FIND PIGEON NESTS.
MY SISTER USED TO MIMICK THE SOUND OF TRAIN ENGINES CROSSING THE BRIDGE AND THEREBY GAINED HER NICKNAME WHICH SHE IS STILL KNOWN BY TODAY WHICH SHORTENED IS "CHUKE".