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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 Climax Rd
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
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
40
Inventory numbers
PA 03 7213 0100 0005 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 30335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

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