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Grantville Road Bridge

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Elevation From The South

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #155025

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Street View 

Description 

Forlorn and abandoned in upstate New York sits one of the longest single span lenticular truss bridge ever constructed by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. Even by modern standards its 288 foot length for a single span is still notable, but by contemporary standards this must've been nothing short of majestic.

Built in 1886 for $10,000, this is pretty standard in some respects as it has ornate portal cresting and an elegant builders plaque, as well as cast iron finials. In a departure from the standard design the internal webbing of the truss is patterned on a Warren truss instead of a Pratt truss, which Berlin Iron Bridge Co. used for its longest spans. Also unique to the Warren webbing are the floorbeams resting on a lower chord, which is in turn suspended from the truss (as opposed to the standard design where the floorbeams are directly suspended from the truss

The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1979, but continued to be open to pedestrian traffic for a few years before being completely closed. Despite having been out of service for such a long time the bridge continues to be very solid and retains an exceptional amount of historical integrity.

Part of the deck on the western side of the bridge has been removed (and is fenced off with salvaged original railings!), and the wooden pedestrian walkway is thoroughly rotted, but otherwise this bridge is still safely cross-able and still completely savable.

Facts 

Overview
Pin connected Lenticular Warren through truss bridge over Raquette River on Grantville Road
Location
Raymondville, St. Lawrence County, New York
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1886 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Rehabilitated 1931,1965; Closed 1979
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Pin connected Lenticular Warren through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 288.0 ft.
Total length: 288.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 1984
Also called
Raymondville Parabolic Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.83972, -74.97939   (decimal degrees)
44°50'23" N, 74°58'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/501628/4965145 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Norfolk
Inventory numbers
NRHP 84002961 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44100 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 27, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added pictures
  • May 3, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • February 13, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

Comments 

Grantville Road Bridge
Posted July 2, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is an absolute beauty... And anything short of a full restoration would be criminal!!

Grant Road Bridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Attached is the National Register Nomination Form for this bridge.

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