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Climax Bridge

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Climax Deck Truss

Photo taken by Brian McKee in January 2009

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BH Photo #131228

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Facts 

Overview
Three-span deck truss bridge over Redbank Creek on PA 1009
Location
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Status
No longer exists
History
Built ca. 1898; demolished 2009
Design
Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Total length: 257.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.98500, -79.37667   (decimal degrees)
40°59'06" N, 79°22'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/636558/4538360 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Templeton
Inventory numbers
PA 03 7213 0100 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2009)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
40

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2009: New photo from Brian McKee
  • July 31, 2009: Updated by Ian Anderson: Bridge is being replaced
  • January 17, 2009: Updated by Ian Anderson: Added info from PennDOT site
  • January 4, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee

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Comments 

Climax Bridge
Posted October 27, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It would definitely open some eyes....for those who don't know!

Climax Bridge
Posted October 27, 2009, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I may have to add a calculator feature to the website to figure out just how ridiculous some of these bridge projects can be.

I can't remember the name of the bridge, but I remember doing this calculation for another Pennsylvania bridge that was even more ridiculous. Assuming the bridge would last 50 years, the cost per crossing would be something like $5!

Climax Bridge
Posted October 23, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I was thinking along the same lines only I figured out that a $2.50 toll would pay off the bonds in 30 years - that is assuming that 80 people would be dumb enought to pay a $2.50 toll instead of going around somehow.

Climax Bridge
Posted October 23, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just did some figuring for curiosity's sake. If every time a vehicle crossed the new bridge they paid a dollar.....it would take a little over 65 years to pay for it. Doubt if it will last that long!

Climax Bridge
Posted October 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just realized.....I used "cease to amaze" twice in the same day!......OK, now 3 times........

Climax Bridge
Posted October 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This cracks me up!

Average Daily Traffic count of 80!!....and they build a 1.9 Mil.$$ replacement. The commissioner even said "the old bridge had character, and the new bridge is ugly"

I have a suggestion for a new slogan........

PennDOT.....we never cease to amaze!

Climax Bridge
Posted October 22, 2009, by Andrew (gijoe13_dkm [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this bridge has been demolished recently.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_641355.html

Climax Bridge
Posted January 17, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is on PennDOT's "To be improved" list. In other words, it's doomed.

Look at the second to last page of this PDF:

ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/Districts/District10/Outreach/DistrictArmstrongDesign2008.pdf