Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Recent Updates 

CN - Back Cove Swing Bridge (Cumberland County, Maine)
Through truss bridge over Back Cove on Abandoned Railroad
November 23, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Southern half of bridge slated for demolition in 2021.
Albany Covered Bridge 29-02-06 (Carroll County, New Hampshire)
Covered bridge over Swift River on Passaconaway Road in Albany
November 10, 2020: New Street View added
PRR - L&T Little Juniata River Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned bridge over Little Juniata on former PRR/Lewisburg and Tyrone Railroad
November 8, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected history; line never operated under Conrail
CWRR - Yakima River Bridge (Gibbon) (Benton County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Yakima River on Central Washington Railroad
October 27, 2020: New Street View added
Freedom Avenue Bridge (Mifflin County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete arch bridge over Kishacoquillas Creek on PA 2002 (Freedom Avenue) in Burnham
October 26, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge replaced by new bridge 2018-19
Goodpasture Covered Bridge 37-20-10 (Lane County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Mckenzie River on Goodpasture Road
September 9, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Latest reports indicate bridge still standing, not destroyed by wildfire as previously reported by county officials
Goodpasture Covered Bridge 37-20-10 (Lane County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Mckenzie River on Goodpasture Road
September 9, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Latest reports indicate bridge still standing, not destroyed by wildfire as previously reported by county officials
Walker Lynx Creek Bridge (Yavapai County, Arizona)
Slab bridge over Lynx Creek on Walker Road
September 8, 2020: New photos
Goodpasture Covered Bridge 37-20-10 (Lane County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Mckenzie River on Goodpasture Road
September 8, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Reported as destroyed by wildfire Sept. 8, 2020
Belknap Covered Bridge 37-20-11 (Lane County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Mckenzie River on King Road West
September 8, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Reported as destroyed by wildfire
Erie - Panzarella Island Branch Bridge (Chautauqua County, New York)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Chadakoin River on former Erie RR
September 6, 2020: New Street View added
Erie - Panzarella Island Branch Bridge (Chautauqua County, New York)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Chadakoin River on former Erie RR
September 6, 2020: Added
Kreamer Middle Creek Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Middle Creek on US 522 in Kreamer
August 6, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge replaced 2017
AZCR - Turntable Trestle (Yavapai County, Arizona)
Deck plate girder bridge on Arizona Central/Verde Canyon RR
July 26, 2020: New photos
Canyon Way Flatcar Bridge (Storey County, Nevada)
Slab bridge over Red Ravine Creek on Spur of Canyon Way
June 26, 2020: New photo
Canyon Way Flatcar Bridge (Storey County, Nevada)
Slab bridge over Red Ravine Creek on Spur of Canyon Way
June 26, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added category "Recycled Railroad Rolling Stock"
Canyon Way Flatcar Bridge (Storey County, Nevada)
Slab bridge over Red Ravine Creek on Spur of Canyon Way
June 26, 2020: New Street View added
Canyon Way Flatcar Bridge (Storey County, Nevada)
Slab bridge over Red Ravine Creek on Spur of Canyon Way
June 26, 2020: Added
WP - Willow Glen Trestle (Santa Clara County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Los Gatos Creek on Three Creeks Trail
June 24, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge is being demolished as this is typed
Ellicott City Covered Bridge (Howard County, Maryland)
Lost Through truss bridge over Patapsco River on Main Street
June 7, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added history details
WP - Willow Glen Trestle (Santa Clara County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Los Gatos Creek on Three Creeks Trail
May 26, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: In danger of demolition after possibly last court challenges overturned.
RBMN - Peacock's Lock Viaduct (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Schuylkill River
May 4, 2020: New photo
Lorton Barrel Arch bridge (Fairfax County, Virginia)
Brick arch bridge over Cross County Trail on Old Furnace Road
April 21, 2020: New video
Lorton Barrel Arch bridge (Fairfax County, Virginia)
Brick arch bridge over Cross County Trail on Old Furnace Road
April 21, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Video link added
Lorton Barrel Arch bridge (Fairfax County, Virginia)
Brick arch bridge over Cross County Trail on Old Furnace Road
April 21, 2020: New photo
NS - Koppel Secondary Stone Arch Bridge (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over unknown run on Norfolk Southern (former PRR)
April 14, 2020: Added
BNSF - Missouri River High Bridge (Burleigh County, North Dakota)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Missouri River on BNSF Railway
April 10, 2020: New video
CSX - Curtis Creek Drawbridge (Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Curtis Creek on CSX Transportation (former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad,)
March 24, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: More history added
Eclipse Bridge (Indiana County, Pennsylvania)
Kingpost through truss bridge over stream on Hiking trail
March 23, 2020: Photo imported
Eclipse Bridge (Indiana County, Pennsylvania)
Kingpost through truss bridge over stream on Hiking trail
March 23, 2020: Added
PRR - Rockville Bridge (First) (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Howe through truss bridge on Pennsylvania RR
March 10, 2020: Added
CSX - Carrollton Viaduct (Baltimore, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Gwynn's Falls
March 9, 2020: New photo
NJTR - DB Draw (Hudson County, New Jersey)
Pratt through truss bridge over Hackensack River on Erie Railroad (abandoned)
March 9, 2020: New photo
NS - Penns Creek Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Deck and through girder bridge over Penns Creek and former Pennsylvania Canal on Norfolk Southern Railroad (former Pennsylvania Railroad)
March 8, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected construction date
Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old) (Northumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Reading Railroad
March 6, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected year of construction
Sunbury & Selinsgrove Electric Ry. Penns Creek Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Penns Creek on Sunbury & Selinsgrove Electric Railway
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Sunbury & Selinsgrove Electric Ry. Penns Creek Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Penns Creek on Sunbury & Selinsgrove Electric Railway
March 5, 2020: Added
Monroe Mills Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Penns Creek
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Monroe Mills Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Penns Creek
March 5, 2020: Added
Kantz Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Middle Creek on Freeburg Road
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Kantz Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Middle Creek on Freeburg Road
March 5, 2020: Added
Camelback Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Penns Creek on Mill Road (SR 1014)
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Bough Street Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Penns Creek on Bough Street
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Bough Street Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Penns Creek on Bough Street
March 5, 2020: Added
Penns Creek Selinsgrove Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on Susquehanna Trail (later US 11/15)
March 5, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: added photo and more history
Penns Creek Selinsgrove Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Through truss bridge over Penns Creek on Susquehanna Trail (later US 11/15)
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Pine Street Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Penns Creek on Pine Street
March 5, 2020: Photo imported
Pine Street Covered Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Penns Creek on Pine Street
March 5, 2020: Added
Huey P. Long Bridge (Jefferson Parish) (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 90 in Jefferson
February 20, 2020: New video
Coburn Tunnel (Centre County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge on Former Pennsylvania RR/Lewisburg & Tyrone RR
February 16, 2020: Photo imported

Recent Comments 

Posted September 8, 2020
Posted February 16, 2020

The bridge is drivable and used by some company vehicles.

I should note that the premises are marked as under video surveillance, and every time I have attempted to access the area around this bridge for photographs of the nearly adjacent BNSF viaduct, I have been "checked out" by company employees. Typically because I'm a "local" and show no intention of going out onto the bridge or conveyor belt itself, I'm dismissed with appropriate warnings. (It doesn't hurt that I'm usually decked out in personal protective equipment, railroad-issue hard hat, safety boots, etc. And this IS snake and scorpion territory, after all.)

Posted November 21, 2019

The latest:

https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Roche-de-Boeuf--565257342...

Edited:

A deteriorating landmark has become dangerous and a major liability as parts of it keep falling into the Maumee River.

ODOT owns the Roche de Boeuf bridge in Waterville. Residents want to save it, but the state says safety concerns mean something has to be done.

Two interesting points were brought up Wednesday [Nov. 20, 2019].

A kayaking group mentioned that the pieces of the bridge that are already in the river are great for white water kayaking and training. Plus, the possibility that another private entity may want to purchase Roche de Boeuf from the state was discussed.

Two years ago the city of Waterville sent a letter to ODOT expressing safety concerns.

Pieces of the bridge fall into the water and the state believes it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Namely those who kayak and canoe under its arches.

"We have been asked, you know, why can't you just do nothing or restrict traffic for canoers and kayakers and unfortunately with ODNR we are not allowed to do that. So, we have to do something to improve the safety, but we're hoping we can find something that fits the community," said ODOT District 2 public information officer Rebecca Dangelo.

Since no vehicle or foot traffic has crossed the bridge in decades, this is a unique project for ODOT.

The agency held a public input meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Roche de Boeuf, explaining nine options. But only three are considered feasible and the most cost effective one is removal. . .

The state has agreed to foot the $2.2 million bill for tear down costs. Any kind of rehabilitation would cost millions more and private funding sources would be required. These funding issues are all too familiar to longtime Waterville resident Diana Waugh.

She was part of a committee in the 1970s that tried to save the bridge when it first started to deteriorate.

"We were looking at $300,000, we could possibly save it and we didn't. We weren't lucky enough to find someone who would hand me $300,000 and now we're in the $15 million and that's the problem," said Waugh.

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.