Thanks for the new photos. This bridge is obviously in rough condition.
In 2016 there were a couple of major floods on the Whitewater River. This creek, whatever you want to call it, is one of the tributaries of the Whitewater. I would not be surprised if it has seen some bad flooding in the last couple years.
Looks like an old Pratt truss to me. It is fairly lightweight for a railroad bridge from what I can tell.
Great find! I have often believed that Nebraska just might be the most underrated state when it comes to Historic Bridges.
There are some great bridges in Nebraska but most of us don't seem to have been able to get there to get photographs.
If the bridges are NRHP eligible, would that trigger Section 106 and subject the bridge to KSHS review?
What I am deducing from your comment is that the current bridges would not be demolished before the new bridges are complete. If that is true, that could buy us a few weeks (or months) to find a buyer.
I have already e-amailed one of my contacts.
I was unaware that these bridges were NRHP eligible.
If the 1890s railroad bridge near Augusta could fill that gap, that would be great. Thanks for letting me know that it could be scheduled for replacement.
As for this bridge, do you know if the railroad plans do to a crane lift or use a cutting torch? If they plan to crane lift it, could it be set aside temporarily while a new owner can be found?
This sounds great. Are you hoping to discuss this with the railroad? I can always check with local connections. Because you have worked with the railroad so much, I don't want to step on your toes in that aspect of the project.
There are several rail trails being built in the area, and I know that they occasionally need bridges. A classic example of course can be found at Augusta where the Whitewater River undermined an old railroad bridge leaving a gap where the trail needs to go. Of course, there are rail trails that are much closer to this bridge.
So, in short, I think it's probably best for you to be the man who talks with the railroad. I can check with some local contacts and see what ideas they might have. This is a very heavily built truss, so it's not like it can't carry pedestrians golf carts, vehicles and most types of farm equipment.
Well, that is a shame.
John, you seem to have a lot of good contacts of various railroad companies. If anybody could convince a railroad company to sell the bridge to someone who wants to preserve it then you would be the man!
Of the two bridges that are scheduled for replacement thus far, this one is the most significant. It has a rather unusual Camelback profile.
Who wants to save a bridge?
I am glad that somebody else was able to confirm what I'm seeing. Johnson County has demolished a lot of historic bridges and built a lot of MOBs. The discovery of any historic truss bridge in the county is purely a bonus.
I cannot tell from satellite imagery if this is modern or historic. It resembles a small Warren pony truss in Bing Bird's Eye.
I assume that the bridge was not bypassed and preserved in place...
I have been intrigued by this bridge for a long time. It would be awesome to find a Bowstring in Mississippi. Bowstring bridges are extremely rare in the Deep South from what I understand.
This is a stunning and tragic loss. This was an extremely significant bridge due to its unusual configuration and it's pairing of two very different spans.
Haha, Anonymous. I see what you did there.
I agree with Nathan that it would be great to see the FO/SD ratings from previous years.
Interestingly enough, this bridge has been rated fair instead of poor. This is quite surprising given some of the media reports and the fact that road salt was causing severe deterioration on the bridge.