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Telegraph Road Bridge

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Telegraph Road Bridge

Photo taken by Paige Miller in February 2007

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BH Photo #249268

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Double-Intersection Warren through truss bridge over Erie Canal on Telegraph Road
Location
Orleans County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1911
Design
Riveted Double-Intersection Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 143.7 ft.
Total length: 185.7 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.24444, -78.03917   (decimal degrees)
43°14'40" N, 78°02'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/740380/4792217 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Holley
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
464
Inventory numbers
NY 4445030 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26608 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • February 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builder
  • February 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Lackawanna
  • February 18, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 18, 2013: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected design--this is actually a double-intersection Warren through truss.
  • February 17, 2013: New photos from Paige Miller

Sources 

  • Paige Miller
  • Matt Lohry
  • Luke
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 24, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow...My bad

I had not heard of the Lackawanna Bridge Company...until now!

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 24, 2013, by JIM STEWART (JAMES [dot] STEWART [at] TYLIN [dot] COM)

LACKAWANNA BRIDGE COMPANY, BUFFALO, NY, WAS A FABRICATOR.

LACKAWANNA STEEL COMPANY WAS A STEEL MILL. I BELIEVE THE BRIDGE COMPANY WAS A SEPARATE COMPANY UNTIL THE STEEL CO. AQUIRED IT IN 1921.

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Lackawanna would have been the mill that provided steel to the bridge company.

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2013, by CANALLER

To clarify:

The bridge is a skewed Double Warren design, of which three very similar examples remain in service in the immediate area. There aren't any interior sway braces, nor are there any transverse struts in the upper lateral bracing.

No plaque remains at this particular location, but the others were both built by Lackawanna Bridge, and this one almost certainly was as well. Morse Bridge is now close to non-existent in the state.

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I thought I had seen struts but alas only upper lateral bracing. Reminds me of some Morse Bridge Company spans.

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As Matt says its one of the Erie Canals numerous surviving historic double-Warren thru trusses, used for many of the fixed crossings. They do omit sway bracing and struts between the top chords. This particular example is skewed, so it has a heavier portal bracing. I believe there are other examples on BridgeHunter, I also have several examples documented on HistoricBridges.org.

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is unusual. I can't tell if it is a lattice.

The main truss web appears to me to be composed of X's with a strut and a tie. The struts are inclined with the top to the bridge center while the ties are opposite. The portal braces are lattice, with each diagonal crossing 3 opposing diagonals.

I don't see any sway braces other than the portal braces either. It does look like it the bridge is skewed. That will do weird things to the end panels.

The upper latteral system is composed of laced beams in a Warren pattern, so they will sometimes act as struts and sometimes as ties depending on the loading.

I'd sure like to get a closer look at this bridge!

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2013, by Matt Lohry

This bridge has a street view, and it's easy to distinguish its double-intersection Warren configuration. Most of New York's Erie Canal crossings were of this type. A graceful structure indeed!

Telegraph Road Bridge
Posted February 17, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very cool bridge! Tall trusses with massive portal bracing but yet NO sway bracing...only struts.

No for sure on the truss identification but it could be a Lattice.