View from Rastin Observation Tower
Photo taken by Brenda Plassman in July 2016
BH Photo #522757
HistoricBridges.org conducted a field visit to this bridge today and confirmed that the bridge has been re-erected and is open to traffic. Bridge has Phoenix columns with the Phoenix name on the iron. While the truss remains intact with all of its parts, the truss bridge does not support ANY live loads, and only supports itself. Steel stringers carry the deck and live load. You can see that there is a tiny gap between deck stringers and floor beams indicating that they are not bearing on the floor beams. Not sure why they did this... the truss would be strong enough for pedestrians and even light maintenance vehicles. It appears that some of the rivets were replaced with rivets on the Phoenix column. However, no other repairs seem to have been done aside from replacement of the plates at the outside bottom of the outriggers. Not that the bridge needed major work. However, there was some minor pack rust and some splice plates that I would have repaired. Below photo taken by Nathan Holth and Copyright/All Rights Reserved. No reuse without permission.