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Great Chazy River Bridge

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Great Chazy River Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2015

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Description 

This is a noteworthy bridge, as there are quite a few unique characteristics to it. Regardless of anything else, this is wrought iron pin connected bridge built in 1888 that is still standing, which in its own right is noteworthy.

Also notable is that it was built by the well renowned King Bridge Co., and represents only a handful of remaining bridges built by this company in New York. In a state where bridge building in this era was dominated by such regionally prolific builders as the Groton Bridge Co. and the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., this bridge was certainly an outlying example.

The Bridge employs a Whipple (double intersection Pratt) through truss, which didn't see as much use as a highway bridge. Instead this truss type found primary usage as railroad bridges, making this an uncommon (but certainly not unheard of) application. The bridge was also fabricated in the period of waning usage of this truss type, as stronger designs (such as the Baltimore and Pennsylvania) were beginning to surpass the Whipple.

Also to note is the skew angle of this bridge, which is an early application of a skewed truss. While also not unheard of, it is uncommon in this era and also makes the bridge notable.

Facts 

Overview
Pin connected Whipple through truss bridge over Great Chazy River on CR 34 in Mooers
Location
Mooers, Clinton County, New York
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1888 by the King Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1960; Bypassed 1983
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Skewed pin connected Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 181.8 ft.
Total length: 182.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.96000, -73.58000   (decimal degrees)
44°57'36" N, 73°34'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/611995/4979487 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mooers
Inventory numbers
NY 3336250 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 25874 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/1999)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 15.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
180

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 27, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck", "Skewed"

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