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Oxbow Bridge

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Oxbow Bridge

View from upstream

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in November 2015

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BH Photo #342224

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Description 

The Berlin Iron Bridge Company is usually associated its patented lenticular truss, which accounted for the majority of their bridge construction. Although less common, they also made examples of other common truss types, of which only a handful survive today. This bridge, while historically significant just as a production of this prolific 19th century bridge fabricator, is even more unique as this example is a Pennsylvania through truss. This example shows the changing times for the Berlin Iron Bridge Company as the main truss material was steel (the switch from wrought iron to steel was made about 1892), but still retains the pin-connected construction style that was used until 1900.

The bridge is quite simple compared to other remaining Berlin Iron Bridge Company productions. Standard details that are seen on several other surviving examples (portal decorations, ornate builders plaque, decorative railings) are all absent on this bridge, giving it a spare look.

This Bridge was closed to traffic in 1993, but still is in surprisingly good shape. The wooden deck is still solid and safely cross-able. Some of the railings have fallen into the river, but are mostly intact. The superstructure is sound, with no obvious problem areas (save the deck stringers, which are the reason the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic). The western abutments concrete facade has begun to fall away in some areas, which could cause continued deterioration and might be a future concern.

Facts 

Overview
Pin Connected Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Saranac River on Kents Falls Road
Location
Morrisonville, Clinton County, New York
Status
Confirmed demolished in 2020
History
Built 1898 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1979; Closed 1993; Demolished 2020
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Pin Connected Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 178.2 ft.
Total length: 180.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Also called
Kent Falls Road Bridge
Saranac River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.69907, -73.60500   (decimal degrees)
44°41'57" N, 73°36'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/610521/4950468 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Morrisonville
Inventory numbers
NY 3335790 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 50500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2020: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 17, 2020: Updated by Rebecca Petronchak: Bridge confirmed demolished August 2020
  • February 13, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 24, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Wooden deck", "One-lane traffic"
  • December 12, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added category "Pin-connected"

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Comments 

Oxbow Bridge
Posted August 18, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I converted Emily's photos to JPG and added to the photo gallery. What they did to this bridge is beyond tragic. The contractor actually went to the trouble to carefully remove this bridge from the river onto the ground. This would be the first step in preservation! The county could have just left the bridge on the ground as a non-functional exhibit or for potential future reuse. To go through the trouble to remove this bridge from the river nondestructively and then still just cut it up for scrap... beyond words.

Oxbow Bridge
Posted June 20, 2020, by Emily Seymour (emilyseymour123 [at] gmail [dot] com)

June 20th 2020: They have moved the bridge to land on the Cadyville side. it's no longer over the water

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Oxbow Bridge
Posted June 6, 2020, by Emily Seymour (emilyseymour123 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Progress of the demolition, June 6th 2020

Oxbow Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Emily (emilyseymour123 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of June 1st 2020 the bridge is being torn down.

(I did take all of the photos I'm posting)