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MRL - Bitterroot River Bridge #3

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The top of the bridge, looking south.

Photo taken by Matthew Harris in August 2010

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BH Photo #172508

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Description 

This bridge carries Montana Rail Link traffic on the route from Missoula to the southern Bitterroot Valley. The Montana Rail Link line through the Bitterroot Valley is still functional, but trains use it very rarely: I can only think of one or two that I have seen in the last year. So this bridge does not get much traffic. Bridge constructed of secondhand materials relocated from an unknown location. Information from NPRHA.org Online Collection

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Bitterroot River on Montana Rail Link
Location
Ravalli County, Montana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1950 using secondhand spans
Railroads
- Montana Rail Link (MRL)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
Design
1-120' "Through Lattice Girder" (Warren Pony Truss)
1-50' Through Plate Girder
2-50' Deck Plate Girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 311.0 ft.
Also called
NP Bridge #51
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.19827, -114.16804   (decimal degrees)
46°11'54" N, 114°10'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/718496/5119975 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamilton South
Elevation
3600 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from NP bridge records
  • March 22, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
  • January 31, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 25, 2012: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • August 11, 2010: Added by Matthew Harris

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