James Baughn

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River traffic passing underneath

MKT - Boonville Railroad Bridge (3rd) (Cooper County, Missouri)

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View from downstream

Burfordville Covered Bridge 25-16-01 (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)

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View of bridge and the Capitol

Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)

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View from southeast

Bellerive Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Overview

Pikes Peak Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)

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South side

Junction Spur Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)

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Recent Updates 

NS - Grand River Trestle (Lake County, Ohio)
Steel trestle over Grand River on Norfolk Southern Railway
November 21, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is undergoing replacement
Paint Branch US 29 Bridge (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Deck girder bridge over Paint Branch on US 29
November 19, 2017: Added
Old Columbia Pike Bridge (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Paint Branch on Old Columbia Pike
November 19, 2017: Added
Silver Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Girder bridge over Silver Creek on 236th Avenue (Old US 52)
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Ten Mile Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Kingpost pony truss bridge relocated to Trout Run Trail in Decorah
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Cold Water Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Cold Water Creek on Cold Water Creek Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Chimney Rock Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Chimney Rock Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
McCaffrey Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Two-span through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on 244th Avenue, east of Bluffton
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Brushy Road Underpass (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Lost timber stringer bridge over Brushy Road (TR 47) on a former railroad
November 15, 2017: Added
Cache Chapel Road Bridge (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Cache River on Cache Chapel Road (TR 84)
November 15, 2017: Added
Fowlkes Bridge (Cumberland County, Virginia)
Pratt through truss bridge over Appomattox River on Brook Hill Road/Fowlkes Bridge Road (Route 621)
November 13, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
River des Peres Railroad Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over River des Peres Drainage Channel on Former railroad
November 12, 2017: Added
Afton Cloverleaf Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over US 59/US 69/Former US 66 on US 60/Turnpike Connector
November 12, 2017: Added
Branch Center Creek CR 200 Bridge (Jasper County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Branch of Center Creek on CR 200
November 12, 2017: Added
Donnelleville Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck arch bridge over Little Bull Creek on Donnelleville Road (TR 717)
November 9, 2017: Added
Mission Street Bridge (West) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over South 21st Street on Mission Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Mission Street Bridge (East) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Gomer Street & Greeley Street on Mission Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Country Club Drive Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over US 19 on Country Club Drive
November 9, 2017: Added
Airport Parkway over Montour Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Montour Run Road on I-376 (Airport Parkway)
November 9, 2017: Added
Rosslyn Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I-376 (Parkway West) on Rosslyn Road (Ramp A)
November 9, 2017: Added
Pine Creek Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pine Creek on East Pennview Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Pennsylvania Turnpike Allegheny River Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost deck truss bridge over Allegheny River on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) in Plum
November 7, 2017: New photo
Penn Lincoln Parkway East Ramp A Bridge Over Ardmore Blvd (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Steel arch bridge over PA 8 (Ardmore Blvd.) on I-376 Ramp A in Pittsburgh
November 7, 2017: New photo
Ridge Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on Ridge Avenue in Pittsburgh
November 6, 2017: New photo
Limberlost Creek CR 850E Bridge (Jay County, Indiana)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Limberlost Creek on County Road 850 East
November 6, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
N&W - Little River Bridge (Durham County, North Carolina)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Little River on Abandoned Northen and Westrern line aka Lynchburg & Durham Railroad
November 5, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
Wabash - West Jefferson Street Overpass (Davis County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over W. Jefferson St. on Wabash, later N&W Railway
November 5, 2017: Added photo from Rudy Evans
Jonesville Overpass (Union County, South Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on SC 18
November 5, 2017: Added
SC 18 Railroad Bridge in Union (Union County, South Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Buffalo, Union & Carolina Railroad on SC 18/Business US 176 (N. Pinckney Blvd.)
November 5, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected location
Confusion Hill Bypass Bridge North (Mendocino County, California)
Post-tensioned concrete girder bridge over South Fork Eel River on US 101
November 2, 2017: Corrected official name
Confusion Hill Bypass Bridge South (Mendocino County, California)
Post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge over South Fork Eel River on US 101
November 2, 2017: Corrected official name
Lehigh Tunnel (Carbon County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel under Blue Mountain on I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension)
October 30, 2017: Added
Clarks Summit Bridge (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over US 6/US 11 (Northern Blvd.) on I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension)
October 30, 2017: Added
Pennsylvania Turnpike over Morgan Highway Bridge (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over PA 307 (Morgan Highway) on I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension)
October 30, 2017: Added
Pennsylvanua Turnpike over Springbrook Avenue Bridge (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Springbrook Avenue (PA 502) on I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension)
October 30, 2017: Added
Fleetwood Manor Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Union Railroad on Fleetwood Manor Road
October 29, 2017: Added
West North Avenue at Brighton Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on North Avenue & Brighton Road
October 24, 2017: Added
Pittsburgh Interchange Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) on Pittsburgh Interchange Ramps B&C
October 24, 2017: Added
Puckety Drive Underpass (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Puckety Drive (TR 706) on US 22 (William Penn Highway)
October 24, 2017: Added
Brick Hill Road Underpass (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Brick Hill Road on US 22 (William Penn Highway)
October 24, 2017: Added
Penn Lincoln Parkway East Lougeay Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lougeay Run & Old William Penn Highway on I-376/US 22 (Penn Lincoln Parkway East)
October 24, 2017: Added
South McCully Drive Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Thompson Run on South McCully Drive
October 24, 2017: Added
WABCO Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Turtle Creek on Private Road to Wabtec
October 24, 2017: Added
Chartiers Creek Bridge Near Union Street (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Chartiers Creek on Factory access
October 24, 2017: Added
Ohio River Blvd. over Lowries Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Lowries Run on Ohio River Blvd.
October 24, 2017: Added
William Penn Highway Chalfant Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Chalfont Run and Rodi Road on William Penn Highway (Business US 22)
October 24, 2017: Added
Murray Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Steel rigid frame bridge over Beechwood Blvd. & I-376 Ramp G on Murray Avenue Bridge
October 24, 2017: Added
Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway Bridge over Dahlem Street (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Dahlem Street/E. Liberty Blvd. on Martin Luther King, Jr., East Busway
October 24, 2017: Added
Shadeland Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Woods Run Avenue on Shadeland Avenue
October 24, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted November 12, 2017

Bridge is doomed according to this story:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/12/563398606/instagram-crowds-ma...

Posted November 8, 2017

The 2004 NBI gives coordinates near the end of Folsom Mill Lane. This bridge was dropped from the NBI after that.

Posted November 5, 2017

Pudge,

Do you have any news about the Rock Bridge? When I last visited it looked like it had crumbled some more.

Re: Patroon Island Bridge
Posted October 26, 2017

I've removed all of Matthew's uploads for now.

Posted October 18, 2017

This is a Pandora's Box for sure.

In 1972 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided that this is the Little Tallahatchie River. Their documentation can be found on the USGS website here:

https://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/

Perform a search for "Tallahatchie" in Mississippi, drill down to the entry for Little Tallahatchie River, and then look for the "BGN Subject Folders" section. (It's not possible to link to the specific page due to the screwy design of their website.)

On the other hand, it's hard to argue against local usage. The fact that the road signs say "Tallahatchie River" at this bridge is very compelling. Likewise, the National Bridge Inventory, based on records provided by MDOT, seems to prefer Tallahatchie River for the entire river below Sardis Lake.

The BGN Principles, Policies, and Procedures manual states: "The underlying principle of the BGN for establishing official geographic names and their applications is recognition of present-day local usage or preferences."

https://geonames.usgs.gov/docs/DNC_PPP_DEC_2016_V.1.0.pdf

However, the BGN has had a long history of not always following that principle. Instead of standardizing names, they've sowed confusion by adopting positions that are clearly the opposite of local usage.

Consider, for example, the Pittsburg(h) fiasco:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Pittsburgh

I'm particularly peeved about one of their decisions several years ago in Southeast Missouri to demote Whitewater River to "Upper Whitewater Creek" despite zero evidence that the stream has ever been called a "creek" throughout 200+ years of history.

Luckily for us we're under no obligation to follow every BGN decision. And how!

To complicate matters, this particular bridge sits at the transition point between the original river channel and the modern Panola Quitman Floodway, a man-made diversion channel labeled as such by the DeLorme atlas.

And then there's Google Maps, which consistently labels the entire river system as "Little Tallahatchie River" -- even those portions that most everyone, including the BGN, consider to be the main Tallahatchie River.

So, in a nutshell, it's complicated.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 19, 2017
Posted September 10, 2017

This bridge has reportedly been damaged by Hurricane Irma. http://keysweekly.com/42/snake-creek-bridge-reported-as-out/

It's going to be hard to beat this one
Posted August 22, 2017
Obligatory photos of the stellar shrouding
Posted August 22, 2017

Alas, no bridges around, but I had totally clear skies, and I didn't have to leave my front yard.

Re: One lane bridge but where????
Posted August 19, 2017
Re: Solar Eclipse
Posted August 19, 2017

For your last-minute trip planning pleasure:

http://bridgehunter.com/story/1213/

Re: Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017

It's a real grey area.

In the case of the Eisenhower tunnels, I thought about merging them into a single page. However, each tunnel does have a separate official name, and those names are clearly etched above the portals. So I left the two pages alone.

Posted July 3, 2017

Field visit July 2, 2017: This pony truss is getting quite grown over. The classic photo of the pony truss with the through truss in the background is not possible anymore, at least in the summer.

Posted July 3, 2017

Field visit July 2, 2017: The deck on this bridge is in poor condition with missing and loose boards. I actually felt more comfortable walking across the nearby Sugar Creek Bridge (which is closed to traffic) compared with this bridge.

Posted June 25, 2017

Field visit 6/24/17: Construction is well underway on the replacement bridge with assembly of the new through arch in progress. Various sections of the arch are sitting on nearby barges.