James Baughn

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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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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 

Union Pacific over Beaucoup Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Beaucoup Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
Union Pacific Crossing (Jackson County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mobile & Ohio Railroad (removed) on Union Pacific Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
Jones Quarry Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Jones Quarry Creek on Illinois Central Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
Sand Ridge Railroad Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Big Muddy River on Illinois Central Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
Big Muddy River Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Lost bridge over Big Muddy River on Grand Tower-Wolf Lake road (predecessor to IL 3)
April 22, 2018: Added
Curlew Bridge (Ferry County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Kettle River on Ferry Street in Curlew
April 3, 2018: Merged duplicate pages; untangled confusion between Curlew and Orient bridges
Orient Bridge (Ferry County, Washington)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kettle River on Orient Main Street
April 3, 2018: Added
Silver Mines Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Low-water bridge over St. Francis River on Old Route D at Silver Mines Recreation Area
April 1, 2018: Added photos
Silver Mines Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Low-water bridge over St. Francis River on Old Route D at Silver Mines Recreation Area
April 1, 2018: Added
Rock Bridge (Cook County, Georgia)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Little River on Old Quitman Road
March 31, 2018: Added
Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01 (Yuba County, California)
Covered bridge over Oregon Creek on Alleghany Ridge Road at Oregon Creek Campground
March 30, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
City Lake Road Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Plate girder bridge over Village Creek on City Lake Road in Fredericktown
March 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is now closed to traffic
Sweetwater Bridge (Miami-Dade County, Florida)
Steel stringer bridge over Tamiami Canal Number C-4 on footpath along SW 109th Avenue
March 17, 2018: Added
Pole Road Bridge (New Madrid County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Ditch 1 on Pole Road
March 8, 2018: Added
Kirk Mystery Bridge (Dunklin County, Missouri)
Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Floodway drainage ditch
March 8, 2018: Added photo
Cairo Ohio River Bridge (Alexander County, Illinois)
Cantilevered through truss over the Ohio River on US 51/60/62 between Cairo, Illinois and Wickliffe, Kentucky
March 5, 2018: Added photos
Blue Bridge (Kent County, Michigan)
Pratt through truss bridge over Grand River on formerly the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, currently, a pedestrian path
February 27, 2018: Added photos from Austin Lenar
Brush Creek Bridge (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Brush Creek on PA 993 in Trafford
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected location and status
Burlington-Bristol Bridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Vertical lift bridge over Delaware River on PA 413 in Bristol
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Cape May County, New Jersey)
Ferry across Delaware Bay on US 9
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Kellams Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on SR 1018 (Kellams Bridge Road)
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Branch Little Cannon River Culvert (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Concrete culvert over a branch of Little Cannon River on CSAH 14
February 17, 2018: Added
Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (Charles County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Potomac River on US 301 connecting King George County, Va., and Charles County, Md.
February 17, 2018: Merged duplicate pages; added King George County, VA, as an adjacent county
Bridge of Dreams (Knox County, Ohio)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mohican River on Mohican Valley Trail (formerly part of the Pennsylvania Railroad) in Brinkhaven
February 17, 2018: Added photos from Irv Oslin
MoPac - Roots Swing Bridge (Randolph County, Illinois)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on Illinois Southern Railroad
February 4, 2018: Added
UP - Ninemile Creek Bridge (Randolph County, Illinois)
Deck truss bridge over Ninemile Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
February 3, 2018: Added
Dix Bridge (Washington County, New York)
3 span Double Intersection Warren through truss bridge over Hudson River on Dix Bridge Rd.
January 27, 2018: Added photo from Mike Bielkiewicz
Pike Creek Old US 67 Bridge (Butler County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Pike Creek on S. 11th Street (Old US 67)
January 23, 2018: Added
MO 53 Viaduct (Butler County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Missouri Pacific Railroad on MO 53
January 23, 2018: Added
Saline River Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Lost through truss bridge over Saline River, 0.9 mi. east of Vesper
January 15, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Loaded updated NBI location and data; bridge has been replaced
Tribe Hill Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Mohawk River on Main Street
January 13, 2018: Photo submitted by Joshua Richardson
Charleston Pike Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Railroad on Charleston Pike (CR 222)
January 1, 2018: Added
CSX Railroad over Seymour Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Deck arch bridge over Seymour Road (TR 951) on CSX Railroad
January 1, 2018: Added
DT&I Railroad over Thrifton Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Thrifton Road (CR 1) on DT&I Railroad
January 1, 2018: Added
Vigo Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Deck arch bridge over Branch of Salt Creek on Vigo Road
January 1, 2018: Added
Elk Fork Bridge (Vinton County, Ohio)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Elk Fork on TR 12
January 1, 2018: Added
Dickson Court Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Filled-in arch bridge on Dickson Court on the UCLA campus
January 1, 2018: Added
Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Eagle Creek on Gorge Trail #400
December 30, 2017: Added
Q Street Viaduct (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Q Street
December 24, 2017: Added
Union Pacific over Florence Blvd. Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Florence Blvd. on Union Pacific Railroad
December 24, 2017: Added
Cuming Street over N. 33rd Street Overpass (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over N. 33rd Street on Cuming Street (NE 64)
December 24, 2017: Added
South 46th Street Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Timber stringer bridge over Branch of Blood Creek on S. 46th Street
December 24, 2017: Added
Dodge Street Pedestrian Overpass (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Steel bridge over Dodge Street (US 6) on a pedestrian walkway between Memorial and Elmwood parks
December 24, 2017: Added
Lake Junaluska Dam Bridge (Haywood County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Richland Creek on S. Lakeshore Drive
December 24, 2017: Added
Clover Hills Drive Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge on Clover Hill Drive/100th Avenue over Middle Creek
December 24, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
Illinois Steel Company Coke Ovens Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I&M Canal Trail & CN Railway on Private drive
December 22, 2017: Added
Lick Creek Route J Bridge (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Lick Creek Ditch on Route J, west of Bloomfield
December 20, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Adams Street Bridge (Wise County, Virginia)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over old Interstate railbed on pedestrians
December 17, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected name of nearby tunnel to Maytown instead of Swede
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

Recent Comments 

Posted April 5, 2018

I had to disable comments on Uglybridges.com, now BridgeReports.com, because of problems with spammers and troublemakers posting sexually explicit content. It's always something.

Re: Donation
Posted April 1, 2018

Yes, it's all good. Thank you!

Posted April 1, 2018
Posted March 31, 2018

Latest updates about the bridge collapse (in short, we still don't know much):

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/w...

Re: Drone for luddite
Posted March 31, 2018

Everybody raves about the DJI drones, but they're rather expensive. I'd suggest starting out with something cheaper, that way if you lose it in a river, it's not a huge setback.

For example, I bought a MJX Bugs B2C drone for $140 last Christmas. It has GPS, so it is able to maintain its own position while hovering. The controls are dead simple -- up/down, forward/backward, rotate left/right. Taking off and landing is easy, although it does require a song-and-dance to calibrate it before each flight.

It has a built-in camera which is adequate but not great. Unfortunately the weather has been so cold and windy so far this year that I haven't been able to take it out bridgehunting yet.

Posted March 28, 2018

Laura: I'm not sure where the plaque from the Laflin Bridge ended up. The Bollinger County Archives & Genealogical Center in Marble Hill might know the answer.

http://bocoarchives.org/

FIU Footbridge coverage
Posted March 15, 2018

Clip of surveillance video shows a portion of the collapse:

https://twitter.com/MoniqueOMadan/status/974478688346693632/...

The blame game begins:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/a...

Story includes a rendering (scroll down) of what the finished bridge was supposed to look like:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/a...

"FIU employee heard a loud crack crossing under the bridge. Hours later, it collapsed.":

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/a...

"Construction Firms Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Faced Accusations of Unsafe Practices":

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fiu-bridge-collapse-constr...

Posted February 20, 2018

Attention "Justin": I know your real identity. Knock it off.

Posted February 17, 2018

By popular demand, I've added more NBI data for the listings shown here.

I'm also renaming Uglybridges.com to BridgeReports.com to head off the complaints about whether a bridge is "ugly" or not. At some point, though, I might end up re-launching Uglybridges.com as a gallery of the most hideous UCEBs.

Posted February 14, 2018

This bridge, and a whole bunch of acreage, could be yours for only $12,790,000

http://www.mossyoakproperties.com/land/15647

Posted January 25, 2018

The remaining span of this bridge has reportedly collapsed into the river.

National Bridge Inventory
Posted January 20, 2018

It looks like FHWA managed to publish the latest version of the National Bridge Inventory just under the wire before the federal government shutdown.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbi/ascii.cfm

Posted January 18, 2018

The Bird's Nest Bridge did just fine in last year's record-setting flood. The river reached a stage of 28.71 ft. on the USGS gage at Bird's Nest, a full 1.5 feet above the previous record.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=s...

Meanwhile, the idea that the bridge "could damn the river and flood steelville and a whole slew of houses" is preposterous. Looking at the FEMA flood insurance map, in order to threaten a "slew" of houses in Steelville, the Meramec would need to reach approximately 28 feet higher than last year's record.

To accomplish that feat, the entire floodplain of the Meramec would need to be dammed below the mouth of Whittenburg Creek, and the Bird's Nest Bridge doesn't come close to being long enough. More importantly, a dam would need to stand at least 55 feet above the normal river level to hold back enough water to threaten Steelville.

In what universe would it be possible to construct such a dam using only the girders and boards of the Bird's Nest Bridge?

Posted December 24, 2017

This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?

Posted December 6, 2017

The county GIS website doesn't show this road, suggesting that it is private:

https://map.sccmo.org/Main/viewers/desktop/

The old series MoDOT map of St. Charles County does show this road, but uses the dotted line symbol for a private road.

The new series MoDOT map does not show this road:

http://modot.org/newsandinfo/CountyMaps.htm

This bridge is not listed in the National Bridge Inventory.

The Census Bureau's TIGER dataset does not show this road -- which is rather odd since it includes both public and private roads.

Google Maps does label this road as Bastean Road, but I believe that's a mistake. The county GIS map shows another Bastean Road to the east leading to a subdivision, and that is a public road. It appears that Google Map is confused, which is not that unusual.

All signs point to this being a private drive.