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Puente Cristóbal Colón

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Overview
Lattice pony plate girder bridge over Park
Location
Yauco, Puerto Rico
Status
Repurposed as part of a swingset.
History
Built ca. 1886 over the Río Portugués in Ponce; Washed away by flooding from the 1899 San Ciriaco Hurricane; Relocated 1915 to cross the Río Yauco; Relocated here ?
Builders
- Rafael Nones of San Juan, Puerto Rico (Project Designer)
- Ricardo Skerret of San Juan, Puerto Rico (Transport & Erection)
Design
Lattice pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 50.9 ft.
Total length: 130.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+18.03197, -66.85561   (decimal degrees)
18°01'55" N, 66°51'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/727012/1995038 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
PR 79 (Puerto Rico bridge number)
BH 72620 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/1991)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
11,570

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2016: Updated by Luke: Corrected type per Nathan's comment + added two Google Photo Spheres.
  • June 26, 2016: Added by Luke

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Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes J.P. you can say this a bridge enthusiasts playground from what i see.

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 29, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

so could we say this is a bridge enthusiasts playground?

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 29, 2016, by Luke

I agree, George.

Better turned into a swingset support than melted down (Or worse, an "abstract" art piece.)

Art: Thanks! I ended up coming across the source for a bunch of stuff by accident.

It is too bad that the site isn't international, as there are some impressive bridges around the world.

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 29, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Nathan!

I had heard of this type before, but really know nothing about it. Totally doesn't surprise me as it looks more girder and less truss.

A very cool structure nonetheless!

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 29, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great way to repurpose a bridge i think.

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 28, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony, I can tell you this is a standard European form of metal bridge, and over there they typically call these lattice girders. No idea if that tells you anything about how the engineering functions, but that is what they are known as.

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 28, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's one HELL of a swingset!!

Interesting "truss"...which really looks more like a Lattice girder. I would love to see testing on such a span to see the tension and compression compared to a traditional pony truss.

Puente Cristóbal Colón
Posted June 27, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Luke,

I like the Puerto Rican stuff! Really interesting, especially since it was a Spanish territory prior to 1898!

Its too bad we can't expand the site's scope. I've found info on Keystone and Phoenix bridges 'south of the border'

Regards,

Art S.