Union Pacific Crossing
(Jackson County, Illinois)Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mobile & Ohio Railroad (removed) on Union Pacific RailroadApril 22, 2018: Added
Jones Quarry Creek Bridge
(Jackson County, Illinois)Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Jones Quarry Creek on Illinois Central RailroadApril 22, 2018: Added
Sand Ridge Railroad Bridge
(Jackson County, Illinois)Lost Bridge over Big Muddy River on Illinois Central RailroadApril 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
(Ferry County, Washington)Through truss bridge over Kettle River on Ferry Street in CurlewApril 3, 2018: Merged duplicate pages; untangled confusion between Curlew and Orient bridges
(Ferry County, Washington)Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kettle River on Orient Main StreetApril 3, 2018: Added
Silver Mines Bridge
(Madison County, Missouri)Low-water bridge over St. Francis River on Old Route D at Silver Mines Recreation AreaApril 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 AreaApril 1, 2018: Added
(Cook County, Georgia)Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Little River on Old Quitman RoadMarch 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 CampgroundMarch 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 FredericktownMarch 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is now closed to traffic
(Miami-Dade County, Florida)Steel stringer bridge over Tamiami Canal Number C-4 on footpath along SW 109th AvenueMarch 17, 2018: Added
Pole Road Bridge
(New Madrid County, Missouri)Lost pony truss bridge over Ditch 1 on Pole RoadMarch 8, 2018: Added
Kirk Mystery Bridge
(Dunklin County, Missouri)Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Floodway drainage ditchMarch 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, KentuckyMarch 5, 2018: Added photos
(Kent County, Michigan)Pratt through truss bridge over Grand River on formerly the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, currently, a pedestrian pathFebruary 27, 2018: Added photos from Austin Lenar
Brush Creek Bridge
(Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)Through truss bridge over Brush Creek on PA 993 in TraffordFebruary 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected location and status
(Bucks County, Pennsylvania)Vertical lift bridge over Delaware River on PA 413 in BristolFebruary 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
(Cape May County, New Jersey)Ferry across Delaware Bay on US 9February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
(Wayne County, Pennsylvania)Suspension bridge over Delaware River on SR 1018 (Kellams Bridge Road)February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
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 BrinkhavenFebruary 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 RailroadFebruary 4, 2018: Added
UP - Ninemile Creek Bridge
(Randolph County, Illinois)Deck truss bridge over Ninemile Creek on Union Pacific RailroadFebruary 3, 2018: Added
(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 53January 23, 2018: Added
Saline River Bridge
(Lincoln County, Kansas)Lost through truss bridge over Saline River, 0.9 mi. east of VesperJanuary 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 StreetJanuary 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
Vigo Road Bridge
(Ross County, Ohio)Deck arch bridge over Branch of Salt Creek on Vigo RoadJanuary 1, 2018: Added
Elk Fork Bridge
(Vinton County, Ohio)Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Elk Fork on TR 12January 1, 2018: Added
Dickson Court Bridge
(Los Angeles County, California)Filled-in arch bridge on Dickson Court on the UCLA campusJanuary 1, 2018: Added
Q Street Viaduct
(Douglas County, Nebraska)Deck plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Q StreetDecember 24, 2017: Added
South 46th Street Bridge
(Douglas County, Nebraska)Timber stringer bridge over Branch of Blood Creek on S. 46th StreetDecember 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 parksDecember 24, 2017: Added
Lake Junaluska Dam Bridge
(Haywood County, North Carolina)Steel stringer bridge over Richland Creek on S. Lakeshore DriveDecember 24, 2017: Added
Clover Hills Drive Bridge
(Warren County, Iowa)Pony truss bridge on Clover Hill Drive/100th Avenue over Middle CreekDecember 24, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
Lick Creek Route J Bridge
(Stoddard County, Missouri)Lost pony truss bridge over Lick Creek Ditch on Route J, west of BloomfieldDecember 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 pedestriansDecember 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 RailwayNovember 21, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is undergoing replacement
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.
Yes, it's all good. Thank you!
Latest updates about the bridge collapse (in short, we still don't know much):
Re: Drone for luddite
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.
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.
FIU Footbridge coverage
Clip of surveillance video shows a portion of the collapse:
The blame game begins:
Story includes a rendering (scroll down) of what the finished bridge was supposed to look like:
"FIU employee heard a loud crack crossing under the bridge. Hours later, it collapsed.":
"Construction Firms Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Faced Accusations of Unsafe Practices":
Attention "Justin": I know your real identity. Knock it off.
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.
This bridge, and a whole bunch of acreage, could be yours for only $12,790,000
The remaining span of this bridge has reportedly collapsed into the river.
National Bridge Inventory
It looks like FHWA managed to publish the latest version of the National Bridge Inventory just under the wire before the federal government shutdown.
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.
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?
This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?
The county GIS website doesn't show this road, suggesting that it is private:
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:
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.