Oblique viewCharlie Dye Bridge (Grundy County, Missouri)
View from downstreamBurfordville Covered Bridge (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
OverviewWashington Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)
Side viewDODX - Temporal Road Trestle (Pulaski County, Missouri)
River traffic passing underneathMKT - Boonville Railroad Bridge (3rd) (Cooper County, Missouri)
East portalCox Ford Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
View of bridge and the CapitolJefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
North sideBonanza Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
View from southeastBellerive Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
West portalForest Avenue Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
OverviewBennett Spring Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Main spanDevils Elbow Arch Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
OverviewPikes Peak Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
So my web host decided to do a server upgrade which ended up breaking everything.
We should be back in business now. Let me know if any pages still generate an Internal Server Error or a blank page.
Meanwhile, I've been dealing with extreme back pain this last week, which I guess is an occupational hazard of bridge hunting.
You know what it's like to have an MRI taken following three nights of not getting any sleep? Yeah, it's not pleasant.
This one reminds me of this bridge in Caldwell County, MO:
Stirring the pot some more...
According to the HAER poster of truss types, this is a "Camelback with subdivided panels". It's defined as "a Pennsylvania truss with a polygonal top chord of exactly five slopes." It's shown separately from the regular Pennsylvania truss.
I've never noticed that distinction before:
Looks like the old bridge at Clinton, Iowa:
...and a Happy New Decade!
If you, like me, have extra free time over the Christmas break, here's an idea for a diversion: looking for interesting bridges around the globe. Fire up Google Earth, Google Maps, or your favorite mapping tool, and pick a random spot on the Earth and see how long it takes to spot something. (This works best in regions with Street View imagery.)
The first time I tried this, I blindly dropped a pin over Colombia in South America and came up with a very nice riveted pony truss at coordinates 10.481888, -74.337068.
When you find something, make a note of it for the future or share it on the forum. Eventually I intend to expand Bridgehunter.com to allow international coverage, although there's a lot of programming to do first.
Here are some other nifty finds that I've made:
Whipple truss in Brazil with what appear to be Keystone columns: -18.304229, -44.231915
Suspension bridge, lattice truss, or both? in Chile: -38.974897, -72.634580
Small cantilever truss with wooden deck in Czechia/Czech Republic: 49.044118, 17.410580
Is this a concrete bowstring truss? in France: 43.571857, 1.437634
Collection of abandoned truss spans in Greece: 40.696790, 22.690712
Arched concrete girder in Italy: 40.738024, 14.488662
Eyebar suspension bridge in Japan: 35.68242422, 139.79188212
Large through truss in Mexico which has been bypassed but is still driveable: 25.7185438, -99.2588408
Looks like a Baltimore truss in New Zealand: -44.730791, 169.281746
Stone arch "Y" bridge in Portugal: 40.30673900,-7.87119800
Large suspension bridge on the island of Reunion: -21.1242624, 55.747621
Fishbelly truss in Romania: 45.221757, 22.299007
Six-span pin-connected truss bridge in South Africa: -29.71265700, 26.98604600
Inverted open-spandrel arch? in Switzerland: 46.693164, 9.440590
"World's only swing aqueduct" in the U.K.: 53.4745441,-2.3542137
Still standing as of August 11, 2019
The coordinates for the bridge that collapsed are 43.8118641,1.5712534 -- or you can use this link to see it on Google Maps:
I just spent some quality time studying the Street View imagery of other bridges in that part of France. I'm a little jealous of the large collection of suspension, masonry arch, and lattice truss bridges over there.
Here's a link for one peculiar suspension/cable-stayed hybrid that I haven't been able to quite wrap my head around:
From what I can tell, the Morse Mill Bridge has always been owned by Jefferson County. The historic bridge inventory mentioned earlier gives the book and page numbers in the county records that mention the bridge's construction and early maintenance.
According to the MoDOT Project History map for Jefferson County, the bridge was never used by a state highway. Although State Highway B was built in the late 1930s, it ended short of the bridge. In 1963, Highway B was extended to the south on a new bridge.
I'm at a loss for words after seeing photo #28.
I received the following news release today from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 2:
Transportation Cabinet offers historic bridge for adoption
Application process runs through December 1
MADISONVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking a new home for a historic bridge. The Blackford Creek Bridge on Toler Bridge Road at the Hancock-Daviess County Line is scheduled for replacement next year. KYTC engineers are looking for a good home for the old bridge, which closed to traffic in October 2018.
The bridge was determined as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer in 2011. Constructed around 1919, it is believed to have served an early regional route while what is now U.S. 60 was under construction in the late 1920s.
According to KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson, the bridge would make a great addition to a hiking and biking trail, or as part of a golf course cart path.
“Our goal here is to find an acceptable re-use of this historic structure,” said Henderson. “It has a lot of character. It is a steel Pratt pony truss, 60-feet long with a 13.5-foot wide concrete deck. While it is functionally obsolete by today’s standards, it could still have a lot of useful life if we can find it a new home in an appropriate location.”
KYTC District 2 Environmental Coordinator Pamela Broadston says the agency is seeking to locate a city, county or state government agency; historic preservation organization; or other approved individual or entity interested in having the bridge moved to a new site in Kentucky for preservation and reuse.
“We’ve already had some organizations express an interest in adopting the bridge,” Broadston said. “We’re optimistic that someone, somewhere in Kentucky will find a place for this historic bridge to take on a new life. We’re asking that the bridge be put to a use consistent with its historic character. If it can be relocated to an appropriate setting, the bridge may still be eligible for the National Register designation.”
The Federal Highway Association (FHWA) and KYTC can pay all expenses associated with match marking, disassembly, transportation to the new site, and off-loading of the bridge in an amount up to the estimated cost of demolition. The new owner, when chosen, will be responsible for all costs associated with site preparation and re-assembly of the bridge. Any additional costs the project might bear will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Agencies, organizations, or individuals who have an interest in adopting the historic structure should submit letters of interest and proposals for the bridge before December 1. If no recipient is located or selected, the bridge will be documented to Historic American Engineering Record specifications and demolished.
In 2020, FHWA and KYTC plan to initiate construction of a new bridge at the site.
For more information or to submit a written proposal, contact KYTC District 2 Environmental Coordinator Pamela Broadston at KYTC District 2, 1840 N. Main St., Madisonville, Ky., 42431 or by calling 270-824-7980.
I wouldn't be so sure about GPS systems getting updated to show this road as closed.
I've been studying North Dakota bridges this weekend, and I'm finding a bunch of bridges that were removed and not replaced years ago. These continue to be shown as open by Google as well as the Census Bureau's TIGER dataset (the TIGER data is what powers the "What's Here" tool when editing bridges).
Rural areas just don't get a lot of attention for these things.
What's frustrating is that this driver somehow managed to find the only historic bridge on Goose River for a long distance in either direction.
What's also frustrating is that the next bridge upstream is a 1996 UCEB with no posted weight limit on a much better road.
What's also frustrating is that this bridge is located on a road clearly signed as a Minimum Maintenance Road (see Street View on the west end).
What's also frustrating is that this road is only 0.15 miles shorter than the upstream road, but that was apparently just enough to make a GPS device stupidly route the driver this way despite being a Minimum Maintenance Road.
What's also frustrating is that this road doesn't serve any houses or buildings, and carries very little traffic. But that probably won't stop local officials from spending megabucks on a replacement.
Some amusing names I found while picking through the US Census Bureau's street name database:
Alien Way - Dawson County, GA
A Little Way - Laurens County, SC
All in the Family Rd - Fairfield County, SC
All Rite Ln - Yankton County, SD
A Man's Way - Pray, Park County, MT
Another World Rd - Whiteriver, Navajo County, AZ
Around the Universe Rd - San Juan County, UT
Big Ugly Rd - Lincoln County, WV
Blazing Saddles Dr - Blaine County, ID
Broken Bridge Dr - Houston, Harris County, TX
Broken Pottery Dr - St. Johns County, FL
Center of the World Rd - Hart County, GA
Devils Boot Rd - Warren County, MO
Devil's Dining Room Rd - Georgetown County, SC
Devils Tramping Ground Rd - Chatham County, NC
Dirty Britches Dr - Haywood County, NC
Dis Is Da Way - Pulaski County, KY
Eat A Bite Ln - Canyon County, ID
Eat Em Up - Lake City, Hinsdale County, CO
E Whole Enchilada - Casa Grande, Pinal County, AZ
Fallen Bridge Rd - Trinity County, CA
Fat Baby Ln - Letcher County, KY
Gimme Shelter Ln - Monroe County, PA
Hell for Certain Sizerock Rd - Leslie County, KY
Insane Wayne Blvd - Imperial County, CA
Left Handed Rd - Barnstable County, MA
Many Gophers Ln - Pondera County, MT
Marsh Madness Pvt Ln - York County, ME
Murphys Law Rd - Transylvania County, NC
No Help Rd - Floyd County, GA
No Nuke Rd - Bradford County, PA
No Politics Dr - McDowell County, NC
No Tresspassing Rd - Tavares, Lake County, FL
No Way Out Ct - Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, CA
Pickle Buddy Ct - Spartanburg County, SC
Satans Kingdom Rd - Litchfield County, CT
Seed Tick Neck Rd - Beaufort County, NC
Some Day Way - Clallam County, WA
Star Wars Path - Paulding County, GA
Stink Bait Rd - Coke County, TX
Tick Bite Rd - Lenoir County, NC
Tick Tack Hill Rd - Stanly County, NC
Weird Rd - Bullitt County, KY
What A View Ln - Dane County, WI
Whatuthink Rd - Forestbrook, Horry County, SC
Who Cares Ave - Walker County, GA
Whodathunkit Rd - Bonner County County, ID
Whoopemup Rd - Columbia County County, WA
Why Me Lord Ln - Eureka Mill, Chester County, SC
Whynot Way - DeLand, Volusia County, FL
Why Worry Blvd - Haywood County, NC
Wicked Sisters Way - Apache County, AZ
Worlds End Ln - Skyland Estates, Warren County, VA
Ya Ya Way - Sumter County, SC
ZZ Top Dr - Robeson County, NC