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Carrier Bridge

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Carrier Bridge

Asheville Citizen-Times: December 20 1889

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BH Photo #459945

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Description 

Rare example of a WIBCo. Pennsylvania through truss. Despite being dilapidated and rickety, it took 3 tries before this old beauty could be brought down.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over French Broad River on Amboy Road
Location
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1889 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company; replaced in 1951
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
8-panel, pinned Pennsylvania through truss (Camelback format)
(2)3-panel, pinned Pratt Bedstead pony trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 355.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.56876, -82.56368   (decimal degrees)
35°34'08" N, 82°33'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/358300/3937244 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87169 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 10, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 10, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Carrier Bridge
Posted November 13, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Im not an engineer but if it takes three blasts to bring a bridge of this size down it probably wasn't at risk for collapse...