Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Recent Updates 

B&O - Wilkins-Rogers Flour Mill Bridge (Baltimore County, Maryland)
Pratt through truss bridge over Patapsco River on B&O Railroad
October 15, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge may be in jeopardy of demolition from mill closure
Pinto Creek Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Steel arch bridge over Pinto Creek on US 60
October 7, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Replacement construction begun
Mohrs Lane Overpass (Baltimore County, Maryland)
Girder bridge over Csx Railroad on Mohrs Lane
August 31, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Replacement delayed again
Main Street Bridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over SEPTA Bethlehem Branch on Main Street in Sellersville
August 19, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge closed for either rehab or replacement
Reading RR - Rupert Bridge (Columbia County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over North Branch Susquehanna River on abandoned Reading RR right-of-way
August 18, 2019: New photos
BNSF - Wind River Bridge (Skamania County, Washington)
Pratt through truss bridge over Wind River on Railroad (BNSF)
August 15, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge replaced with new span
UP - Rock River Bridge (Lee County, Illinois)
Two track lattice through truss bridge over Rock River on UPRR (Former C&NW) 1.5 mi W of Nelson
July 31, 2019: Photos imported
UP - Rock River Bridge (Lee County, Illinois)
Two track lattice through truss bridge over Rock River on UPRR (Former C&NW) 1.5 mi W of Nelson
July 31, 2019: New video
P&W - Crook Point Drawbridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Abandoned warren through truss bridge over Seekonk River on Providence & Worcester Railroad
July 30, 2019: Photo imported
P&W - Crook Point Drawbridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Abandoned warren through truss bridge over Seekonk River on Providence & Worcester Railroad
July 30, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Future demolition plans (2026-27) announced
ELS - Kingsford Bridge (Marinette County, Wisconsin)
Steel arch bridge over Menominee River on Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad
July 13, 2019: New photo
Talbot Avenue Overpass (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Transportation (former Baltimore & Ohio) on Talbot Avenue
July 6, 2019: New video
Talbot Avenue Overpass (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Transportation (former Baltimore & Ohio) on Talbot Avenue
July 6, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge removed for preservation at another location
Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18 (Monroe County, Ohio)
Three-span covered bridge over Little Muskingum River on CR 387A
July 6, 2019: New video
Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18 (Monroe County, Ohio)
Three-span covered bridge over Little Muskingum River on CR 387A
July 6, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Center span collapsed July 5, 2019
Keating Summit Bridge (Potter County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over WNY&P RR (former NS, Conrail, PRR) on TR 305 (Bush Hill Road)
July 3, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reported as removed
CSX - Shoal Creek Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio)
July 1, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added categories "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad", "CSX Railroad"
CSX - Shoal Creek Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio)
July 1, 2019: New photo
CSX - Shoal Creek Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio)
July 1, 2019: Added
RUT - Malletts Bay Swing Bridge (Chittenden County, Vermont)
Lost Through truss bridge over Lake Champlain on Rutland Railroad
June 23, 2019: Added
MD 638 Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Western Md Scenic Rr on Md 638
June 12, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: 24-year-old "Temporary" Bailey bridge being replaced by new modular Mabey span
Harford Road Herring Run Bridge (Baltimore, Maryland)
Concrete arch bridge over Herring Run on Harford Road in Baltimore
June 8, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Demolition complete, additional history and article link provided
B&O Highlandtown PRR Overpass (Baltimore, Maryland)
Whipple through truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on CSX Transportation (nee B&O)
May 18, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Renamed bridge
Bay View Junction Overpass (Baltimore, Maryland)
Whipple through truss bridge over Railroad (Amtrak) on Railroad (CSX)
May 18, 2019: New photo
Valley Road Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Wrought iron pony truss bridge over Valley Road on the Stewartstown Railroad
May 13, 2019: Photo imported
CBR - Coos Bay Bridge (Coos County, Oregon)
Swing through truss bridge over Coos Bay on the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) in North Bend
April 23, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge being restored to movable operation
North Bridge Street Bridge (Bedford County, Virginia)
Arch bridge over NS Railroad on North Bridge Street in Bedford
April 22, 2019: New photo
Conestoga River Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete arch bridge over Conestoga River on PA 462 (East King Street) in Lancaster
April 18, 2019: New photo
CSX - Oostanaula River Bridge (Gordon County, Georgia)
Deck girder bridge over Oostanaula River on CSX Railroad in Resaca
April 13, 2019: Photo imported
DCLR - Lewes Creek Swing Bridge (Sussex County, Delaware)
Deck plate girder swing bridge over Intracoastal Waterway on Delaware Coast Line RR
April 4, 2019: New photos
NJT - Morris Turnpike Overpass (Essex County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Route 124/Morris Turnpike on New Jersey Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: Photo imported
NJT - Morris Turnpike Overpass (Essex County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Route 124/Morris Turnpike on New Jersey Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected date
NJT - Morris Turnpike Overpass (Essex County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Route 124/Morris Turnpike on New Jersey Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: New Street View added
NJT - Morris Turnpike Overpass (Essex County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Route 124/Morris Turnpike on New Jersey Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: Added
NJT - Mill Brook Bridge (Morris County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Mill Brook on NJ Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: Photo imported
NJT - Mill Brook Bridge (Morris County, New Jersey)
Stone arch bridge over Mill Brook on NJ Transit (former DL&W)
March 31, 2019: Added
Talbot Avenue Overpass (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Transportation (former Baltimore & Ohio) on Talbot Avenue
March 30, 2019: Photo imported
Georgetown Branch Trail - Rock Creek Trestle (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Rock Creek on former Baltimore & Ohio RR
March 30, 2019: Photo imported
Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Cowmire Creek on North Missouri Railroad (later Wabash Railroad)
March 26, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reported as demolished
Aden Road Bridge (Prince William County, Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Southern Railroad on Aden Road in Nokesville
March 19, 2019: Photo imported
Aden Road Bridge (Prince William County, Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Southern Railroad on Aden Road in Nokesville
March 19, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reopened to traffic; history details added; ownership corrected
Georgetown Branch Trail - Rock Creek Trestle (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Rock Creek on former Baltimore & Ohio RR
March 18, 2019: New Street View added
Georgetown Branch Trail - Rock Creek Trestle (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Rock Creek on former Baltimore & Ohio RR
March 18, 2019: Added
C&LE - Mud Run Bridge (Clark County, Ohio)
Abandoned concrete rigid frame bridge over Mud run on Ohio Electric Railroad
March 11, 2019: Photo imported
CN - Ranier Bridge (Koochiching County, Minnesota)
Warren through truss bascule bridge over Rainy River on Canadian National Railroad
February 11, 2019: Photo imported
Hanover Street Bascule Bridge (Baltimore, Maryland)
Bascule bridge over Middle Branch of Patapsco River on Hanover Street in Baltimore
February 6, 2019: Photo imported
Wickenburg Underpass (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over U.S. Hwy 60 on BNSF Railroad
January 19, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added adjacent street which shares bridge
Reading RR - Susquehanna River Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Philadelphia & Reading RR (later Reading RR)
January 19, 2019: Photo imported
Reading RR - Susquehanna River Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Philadelphia & Reading RR (later Reading RR)
January 19, 2019: Added
Chicago Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Chicago Avenue in Chicago
January 16, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Demolition reported by Facebook users

Recent Comments 

Posted August 27, 2019

https://www.rtands.com/news/bnsf-wants-n-d-bridge-gone-but-p...

Aug. 19, 2019

"BNSF is telling the people of Bismarck, N.D., that if they want this baby they are going to have to take care of it for the rest of its life.

A 136-year-old rail bridge that spans across the Missouri River is at the center of controversy. A group of citizens wants it restored and converted to a pedestrian/bike bridge, but BNSF would rather demolish the structure and put a new one in its place.

A study done by North Dakota State University landscape architecture professors says the converted bridge route can be done, but it will cost $6.9 million. However, BNSF is claiming other costs associated with the bridge preservation. The Class 1 says leaving the existing bridge where it is and building a new one would impact about 500 structures and cost another $8 million in mitigation measures. Then there is any upkeep moving forward. Friends of the Rail Bridge, a group in favor of keeping the old bridge, has no funds tied up for the project, but did use a $10,000 grant on the feasibility study.

A new rail bridge is still on the horizon, it is just a question of alignment. BNSF wants to demolish the 136-year-old and build a new rail bridge, which will require permits from the U.S. Coast Guard.

BNSF also says a pedestrian bridge so close to an active railroad bridge (30 ft) is cause for concern with the threat of derailments or debris falling from trains. The bridge also sits on shallow foundations and is non-redundant, meaning if one part of the bridge fails the entire span collapses.

BNSF claims it filed its concerns with the authors of the feasibility study, but those concerns were not addressed."

Posted July 4, 2017
Posted June 9, 2017

This appears to be a Bailey bridge constructed to replace a bridge washed out in 1972 flooding.

Posted May 3, 2017

This report says the bridge was reconstructed with both original and new parts:

http://xeniagazette.com/top-stories/8541/ballard-road-covere...

I visited by driving on Rt. 35 last month, and the bridge (which leads only to a round turnaround) was still closed to traffic with construction barricades at the north end.

Posted November 27, 2016

For details of the bridge's removal and replacement, see https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheWentworthParksandRecrea...

Posted October 31, 2016
Harahan Bridge (Tennessee)
Posted August 31, 2016

Website changed to http://www.bigrivercrossing.com/

Opens to public Oct. 22nd, 2016.

Posted August 7, 2016

Bridge was fully reopened to traffic Nov. 2015.

Posted June 28, 2016

Current Google Earth confirms concrete slab.

Posted June 4, 2016

Not so fast:

http://www.thv11.com/news/local/migratory-birds-postpone-bri...

"The Jonesboro Sun reports that the dismantling of the Black River Bridge, a historically registered landmark, was scheduled for July. But state regulations prevent the demolition of a structure that migratory birds have nested in.

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Scott says the birds were discovered shortly after a bid for the demolition was accepted on March 23."

Posted May 17, 2016

Correction:

The covered bridge seen in the postcard aerial view is the ROAD bridge, at the site of the present-day highway bridge.

The *railroad* covered bridge is seen only as a short section seen at the bottom right of that view. The railroad continues straight over later-day Fourth Street from that bridge.

Posted March 7, 2016

As the person who posted all four photos, I should point out that all four photos were secured from cooperative railroad officials, only one of which is willing to be named. Further, the photos from the train are not from a regular passenger train, but from a reward-facing camera riding on a special track inspection vehicle. Anyone attempting to duplicate these photos from a regular Amtrak or MARC passenger train is likely to be very disappointed in the results by comparison.

Posted January 16, 2016

More on proposed replacement, including six-year timetable: http://www.app.com/story/news/traffic/commuting/2016/01/14/n...

Posted January 10, 2016

A state database gives an 1890 construction date for this bridge: https://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/delaware_br...

Posted December 27, 2015

Photo album of damage posted to Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/erin.n.urban/media_set?set=a.101003...