South Portal View with Hitching RailBunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
The short outrigger vertical postPaper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Cable rail with steel columns and top rail by ASF Ironworks in Springfield, Oregon.
If you are in Western Pennsylvania and you want to participate in saving a bridge, this is a good one.
Looks like an earlier 1870s King to me. No lacing in the outriggers. COOL
What is the difference between West Penn Bridge Co. and Penn Bridge Co.? Both seem to call Beaver Falls their home? Evidently, I was told this, the Fallston Bridge and Watts Mill are West Penn Bridge Co. Wiley is called Penn Bridge.
To save a bridge in the location there has to be both political and grass roots support because these bridges are big projects that cost money.
If it stays where it is and only has grassroots support it has to have a revenue stream to support maintenance and liability insurance. Lead covered bridges are an expensive fix and something that if the feds are involved with they should pay for removal. It is in fact their choice and the lack of maintenance that left them in this shape. We will always avoid those if possible. Gasconade Bridge is that case where we thought the site (more than the bridges could offset that but 1.25 million just to get it clean of that lead and paint, before repairs is a big nut. You can't sell a restored bridge with lead paint on it and our gang can't work on that lead coated areas either. That kind of bridge however had potential as an attraction and the road so it had potential, but needed more than we have available. In reality 5 revenue streams are the better choice. Wellness, recreation, general store, the longest brewery in America, tolls if open for traffic, and business relationships with the locals.
If a bridges moves, the criteria are which ones work the best for size, use, and cachet.
And for us, at this point, working with political and funded bridges is key.
However we do believe there is an opportunity for a National Historic Truss Bridge Association that would pay an annual membership to help choose bridges that we can help. The math - 10,000 x 100 = 1,000,000 which goes a long way towards engineered plans, site visits that render numbers that go for decisions. We came up with that idea for Revive 66.
That would take a larger board of directors. In Pennsylvania, Wes Tate is starting the process to create a "board" to help with Craighead. If the folks that want to save Tanners Falls and Watts Mill. Those of you who are bridgehunters in Pennsylvania might want to join in on the grassroots. Craighead we own, we took no federal money and we are beginning the process to repair the beautiful stone approach with a master mason Andy at LimeWorksUS, to get the lead out and then get the crappy deck and roadway scrapped so that repair can begin to the lower cord.
Our nut is ever growing. To play with PennDot next year requires us to double our insurances to 160k. I don't know if we can get enough work, sell enough bridges to make that work, or continue the branding that brings awareness to keep this ball rolling.
We get up every day and keep trying. Be nice if some of you wanted to join the bigger effort, in every state there could be the HTBA, and the decisions become more local. give us a call if you want to participate.
The photo is my father and Nels, almost 9 years ago when we started the quest to save our bridge. We've learned by doing bits about engineering, bureaucracy, politics and the fact that these bridges are part of our history.
How does one make the new pictures be the first picture? No need to keep the old location ones here now.
Here is video of the lift. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdBYUPfEJAc&t=54s
that is awesome info. I've included it in our letter to the county with a credit to your historic finds. I know that the county clerk has great interest and this map fits in. Keep it up. and THANK YOU.
Here are Ardmore pics from same location. Don't even know if there is an entry, didn't find it on a quick search.
here are photos
Project Report Here: MoDOT inspection report from 2015 included with evidence of spalling roadway with exposed rebar, lead paint, section loss in the stringers and trusses. It's a big bridge and an expensive fix.
It's a sad sad story. Even when you think you have a lead and some hope, then that hope dies too.
FOLKS, THIS ONE IS JUST WAITING TO COLLAPSE.
The longest bowstring in the US.
Issue: Dollars, always the dollars, probably $250,000 to get it off it's crumbling abutments. We are just waiting for gravity and hydrology to take the span down.
There are no mechanisms at DOTs or SHPO to step in when there is no more time.
It really will take a miracle, or we'll be pulling another one out of the river.
Any and All ideas are welcome.
New Money - Instant Cachet -
RARE RARE RARE - Own a piece of functioning history.
If you are in the neighborhood on November 5, stop by and become a part of this project. It will take a lot if it is to be saved. We kick it off then. More information here. James Baughn, we are in your neck of the woods. We have bridge projects going in three states now. I believe if regional bridge hunters joined us we could expand and save more bridges. It is going to take more than just us and the gang, that's for sure. This is a great project for size and economic development. We need everybody to generate ideas that generate action. Photo Credit PixByJax with permission.
There was a celebration of new and old bridges in Carlisle on Friday. Note the irony of the PennDOT engineer speaking. I won't blow it. It says a lot however.
Photo from Cumberland County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grinnell, IA - Holt, MI - Hazelgreen, MO
Please join us as we as we launch the Gasconade River Bridge Rehabilitation Project.
The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA)/ Workin' Bridges has been given the green light by the Missouri Department of Transportation(MoDOT) for a conceptual agreement to begin the fundraising efforts to actually restore the Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen, Missouri. A new by-pass bridge has been designed and will be constructed in 2018 which left the historic bridge at risk for demolition. The Rte 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians have lead the effort for preservation and MoDOT agreed to let the efforts begin to find the funding required. Let me be clear, the historic bridge is still at risk for demolition unless sufficient funding for restoration can be acquired in the next fourteen months.
The four spans of the Gasconade River Bridge include two Parker Trusses, one Pratt truss and a Warren Pony Truss, built in 1923 and designed by MoDOT engineers. A current engineering estimate by MoDOT estimated repair work at over $3 million dollars. The Workin' Bridges qualified engineers and craftsmen will assess the bridge for possible phased options and costs that may differ from MoDOTs assessment. These real numbers, captured as Scope of Work and Estimates are required so that informed decisions can be made, for potential grants. Work with MoDOT on a risk management plan for their new bridge and the Interstate 44 bridge is being negotiated. We have proposed a Trust Account that would be in place for a catastrophic event, as well as utilizing the interest for future biannual inspections and site and security.
Developers are also being sought for this property and any design ideas are welcome. Route 66 has always been a mecca for travelers worldwide and with this bridge repaired the potential for crossing on special event days may still be an option as engineering will return the bridge to its former function. For more information on how the bridge was saved and how we are moving forward together check out Workin' Bridges: Route 66 Bridge Rehab on Facebook
Our goal is to raise $10,000 in funds. Those funds are for engineering and planning. Jacqueline (Jax) Welborn has been designated the Project Manager. She will undertake the outreach for donors to help with the immediate engineering and planning needs for the bridge. Contact Jax at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 573-528-1292.
Then our efforts will turn to finding the pledges, grants and in-kind donations necessary to reach our $3.5 million dollar goal by December 31, 2018. That money will go to repairing the piers and abutments that hold the spans up, the stringer and roadway replacement, floor beam repair. The deck, or at least a portion of the deck will be removed by MoDOT using their demolition funds for that purpose. The lead paint abatement solution is still to be determined.
Those efforts are currently underway. NSRGA has begun the process to become a legitimate nonprofit corporation in Missouri, then the bank accounts will be procured. In the meantime you can still donate at Workin' Bridges: Route 66 Bridge Rehab on Facebook. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Other questions, please contact Julie Bowers at email@example.com or 641-260-1262. Check out this project and others on Facebook at Workin' Bridges, www.workinbridges.org and become a Save Our Bridge (SOB) action figure today.
Nope. I did notice it has been removed them last few times I drove by.