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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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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)

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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Great Chazy River Bridge
Posted July 17, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very cool bridge... Hope their plan comes to fruition!

Great Chazy River Bridge
Posted July 17, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting:

https://suncommunitynews.com/news/33229/mooers-eyes-river-wa...

Mooers eyes River Walk

The Town of Mooers' Beautification Committee is hoping to add a River Walk in the old village. Preliminary plans include starting the approximate 2-mile path on East Street and ending it at the Mooers Rec Park.

Increased recreational access, say advocates, may encourage residents to go outside and be more active in the community.

Preliminary plans drafted by the Beautification Committee include starting the two-mile path on East Street and along the Great Chazy River to the Mooers Rec Park.

The committee is still mapping out details on the path’s surface, size and potential costs of fixing the existing bridge on East Street and adding a new bridge on Fee Road.

Supervisor Jeff Menard said some brush may have to be cleared, among other modifications along public roadways.

The plan also includes converting a vacant lot on East Street into a park.

Mike Reeves, an organizer, said the committee would have to obtain easements from several property owners to get the path close to the river.

Finding grant funding is critical, he said.

“The town doesn’t have money to do this, so we need help,” Reeves said.

Once funding is obtained, the project timeline is about two years, he said.

“We have not come up with a ballpark figure yet,” Reeves said. “But we know the two biggest expenses will be bridges. “We hope that the project will be below $1 million.

“Mooers is a little sleepy town,” he said. “But it has the potential to be more.”

Mooers isn’t the only locality engaged in trail-building efforts.

Clinton County lawmakers are seeking funding for the first phase of the Saranac River Trail Greenway, a 27-mile long trail slated to run from Plattsburgh to Redford.

The first phase will include constructing a 10-foot-wide paved path for 2.5 miles from the city to the town of Plattsburgh, which is estimated to cost between $1.5 to $2 million.

Construction on the Northern Tier Recreation Trail in the Town of Champlain and villages of Rouses Point and Champlain is also underway, and Peru’s Main Street revitalization plan includes adding a paved walking and biking path along the main road.

Several municipalities have also been making efforts to improve their existing trails. Rouses Point, for example, recently added five new exercise stations to the recreation trail behind the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street.

Last year, Peru added exercise and fun stations along their Little Ausable River Trail.