This is an extremely interesting bridge due to its 1916 construction date. It was built at a time when riveted connections had long since replaced pinned connections. It was also built by an obscure company. Hopefully the state of North Dakota is aware of the significance of this one and it gets preserved.
This bridge is currently closed to traffic, due to serious deck deterioration (including two large holes near the west end). We did a deck delamination survey of the bridge in late April. Polk (MN) and Traill (ND) counties are trying to decide whether to repair the deck, replace the deck or replace the bridge.
Is this bridge still available
I think this guy is related to the one who took out the freshly restored covered bridge in PA. As I've known some very intelligent people that drove trucks, I'm fighting the strong urge to generalize.
Oversize load on bridge
Bridge does not carry I-94, but carries Buisness I-94/US-10, the main road in Fargo (I-94 is NOT the main east/west route for traffic). Have changed as such
is this bridge for sale? thanks steve
Two truss bridges are used by the trolley. The trolley site has some inconsistent information calling into question the date of this rail line, and the original location and build dates of the bridges.
Is that your crane in the photo, Steve?
please note i will pay for this bridge and take down at no charge to you thanks steve. ps have crain
The bridge here was actually done in four sections. Two Minnesota approaches in 2009 and 2010, then the ND approaches in 2011 and 2013. I doubt the girders are next. They aren't particularly old, and I believe they were strengthened not too long ago.
This bridge is in the process of being replaced. Last year the Moorhead portion of the trestle was replaced with steel and concrete trestle. The Fargo portion is being replaced this year and the main spans will most likely go after that. More information here: http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/86338/group/News/
Fairview lift bridge drawing.
Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.
Hard to believe as it may be in North Dakota, this bridge may be spared demolition and given the preservation it deserves. http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/571190/...
Where's the bridge....?
With the completion of the newer, "built to withstand 100 year floods" bridge in October 2010 time was ticking on the fate of the old Drayton Bridge ... ticking in that on February 22, 2011 NDDOT decided to throw a party and blow it to smithereens ... Smithereens, North Dakota.
Can really see it in picture 5.
does anyone else notice some damage on one of the endposts?
Yeah...... I won't shed a tear over a MOB!
I just hope nobody was hurt.
Here is a photo of this bridge during the massive floods. The bridge is in the distance. Another truss bridge in town is visible closer to the photographer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/5873910530/in/photostre...
Another photo of the bridge during floods here:
And finally, the historic bridge stands tall during the floods, while a feeble modern "Con-Tech" style MOB (Mail Order Bridge) succumbs to the effects of the flood. This modern bridge actually obstructed floodwaters and presented such a hazard that it was removed during the flooding.
Here is a photo of this bridge during the massive flooding:
The river this bridge crosses is more commonly known as the Souris River (it sometimes is called the Mouse River in the U.S.) and is the river that is in the news for its unprecedented flooding. Unfortunately, that might well spell the end for a bridge like this.
By the way, the 1940 date is clearly incorrect, this seems to be a ca 1905 bridge. I wonder if this bridge was relocated in that year.
Beautiful restoration of this span..... But I've said it before and I'll say it again....... PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE mount the height limit bars independently and placed back several hundred feet from the portals......And NOT attached to the bridge!
I know, I know......being nit-picky!
This bridge was removed in 2009 during a drain board project and replaced with a culvert.
This bridge is currently closed to the public. The bridge was closed due to abutment problems. The bridge was damaged in the flood of 2009 and fell into the Elm river. The concrete deck was removed and the bridge was lifted by crane out of the river channel and is being staged on the closed roadway until a structural analysis can be conducted by the engineering firm and the bridge will be put up for adoption, after one year if not adopted the bridge shall be removed and salvaged.
This bridge was replaced in 2009 using federal dollars under the NDDOT and Traill County and MNDOT and Norman County. The new bridge was constructed by Swingen Construction of Grand Forks ND. This bridge is on Traill County highway 13 and connects to Norman County highway 3.
This bridge is open to the public.
This bridge was closed to the public. The bridge was removed and replaced with a culvert. The bridge site is on a township gravel road.
This bridge has gone through a rehab and was restored using historical funds and federal dollars. This bridge is back and open to the public. But the bridge has been posted to a 7 ton maximum and is restricted from trucks and large vehicles. The height of the bridge has been reduced to help keep the heavy equipment off the bridge. There will be a official ribbon cutting and historical ceremony sometime this summer. Thanks.
Yup, it's me, Mr. Useless Information himself. I've been in winter hibernation, the bridges up here are still buried in snowplow dropoff (like my mailbox) but quadrants are starting to show up again. (So did my mailbox this past week.) My shutter finger is itchin' to go bridge hunting again soon!
Is it really you?....Long time no comment......
Yeah.......I honestly did know that MTH were British.....but hey it sounded good at the time!
I didn't know any of that stuff though.....you are an absolute treasure trove of information! :)
Considering that Mott the Hoople was a Brit band, I doubt that connection, however, the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople has the largest collection of manuscripts by P.D.Q. Bach, in fact, more than fourscore of scores.
Prof. Peter Schickele used to broadcast his "Report from Hoople" on the university's radio station, WOOF. His broadcasts included such notable P.D.Q Bach compositions as the Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments, Schleptet in E flat Major, Fugue in C Minor, from the “Toot” Suite for Calliope Four Hands, 1712 Overture, The Short-Tempered Clavier and Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds & Percussion.
A most valuable a historical location, no doubt.
I remember a band called "Mott the Hoople".......maybe they were from here.......
They have a fine music department there I hear.
Gerrick & Gerrick did work on the lost 15th Street Bridge in Tacoma mid 1910s. Converted it to both railroad and vehicular traffic on a swing span.
They appear to have done the same here on a lift.
Image I found of.
Good job Frank. I try to figure out missing locations of bridges too. You know Hoople is where the University of Southern North Dakota is located?
It is a shame, but I'm not surprised--Like PennDOT, NDDOT has a lousy track record when it comes to historic bridge preservation.
This bridge was demolished. The replacement bridge has arches that are meant to look like the historic bridge. They seem to have done a decent job making it look quite similar to the historic bridge except wider. They certainly did a lot better than what I normally see when an agency says that a replacement bridge will resemble the historic bridge. Despite this however, I cannot support the demolition of such a rare historic bridge.
picture I took in the fall of 2008.
This is definitely a unique bridge. I know that I have never seen one like this.
A steel cantilever bridge replaced with a concrete segmental box-girder, which are built using cantilevers. Technology may live on but material choices don't!
I've been browsing this site and just found this page. I looked at the link posted below, and apparently the bridge is now closed, to allow construction of the new one to continue. Here's the site again:
More on this bridge and the construction of the replacement bridge can be found on the website memorialbridge.info
Photo taken October 21, 2007.
Stopped on October 19, 2007. This is at the end of the road in Johnson's farmyard.
Easily seen from I94 just east of Bismarck. North side of the interstate. Just west of rest area.
Looking North. 2003
Going on 50 and still in good shape.
Building a new bridge on the south side.
View looking west.
Old and new
The ols girl is gone. I'll miss her.
This is quite similar to the beam railraod bridge within several feet next to sandstone's deck pratt truss bridge. There isn't a girder on it, however it has a fascinating history!!! It was made with only rail on the deck to allow large loads of mined sandstone slabs to be hauled and is still used today though the trains crawl across it verrry sloowwly!! This is how sandstone,mn got it's name and beautiful qaurry and river scenery! Watch for pics!!!