Washington State is the same way. A swing bridge claimed to be causing massive backups when opened a few times a year is replaced with a fixed bridge exactly one foot higher than the previous one. You know that one extra foot makes all the difference I am sure. A truss bridge is said to have lanes that were too narrow and is replaced by a new concrete eyesore with the same damn dimensions. A concrete arch bridge with a single lane could be bypassed since they are planning a four lane freeway in the future anyways. Nope work begins on the removal. All examples could have been reused, rebuilt, or left in place but no scrapped instead and they all patted themselves on their backs. Heck of job ... Meanwhile millions in savings and of course history are flushed down the drain.
I'm glad I had the chance to photograph this bridge. Very wasteful on the part of Clarksville Tn and the state its self.
This is how Tennessee treats our nation's transportation heritage. However, forget the history. There was not even any rust on this bridge. From a purely economical standpoint, it is disgusting to think how wasteful this demolition was. This bridge could have been moved and reused on a low volume rural road, and would have saved taxpayer dollars. Somewhere I thought I heard our nation was in a fiscal crisis. You wouldn't know it the way this country demolishes bridges that could be reused elsewhere, while also neglecting (the politically correct term is "deferring") cost-saving routine preventative maintenance of bridges.
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Thanks for the correction, Nathan, I didn't look close enough at the tiny picture that accompanied the article. I feel better knowing that the 1931 truss bridge outlasted the 1969 steel stringer! :>D
Actually, the historic truss span featured here is for the northbound lanes. This demolition was for the southbound span which is a non-historic bridge. This bridge should not yet be listed as demolished, since it is still standing. The truss bridge will not be demolished until the southbound span replacement is complete.
I love it...TDOT claims that the destruction of this bridge is part of their "Safe Bridges" program!! The way I see it, the new bridge is more unsafe, only because people are going to projectile vomit driving over this nasty thing, won't be able to see out their windshields, and crash! BLEEAAHHH!!!
OK, I guess TDOT has been getting jealous over all of the awards that PennDOT and MODOT have been getting here...Anthony, how about congratulating these folks the way that they apparently want?!? :>D
This bridge is being replaced as we speak and it will be gone by the end of 2011.