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All the bridges that the steel arches replaced were ca. 1961 steel stringers.
Assuming the bridge did not replace a historic old bridge, I applaud the construction of aesthetic bridges on freeways. However, I see the philosophy of the Merritt Parkway will not be revived here. Rather than have each overpass be something unique, I see this steel arch design is duplicated numerous times on this freeway. Also I should note there may be a functional purpose to the steel arches. This freeway appears to lack room for a median pier, and the depth of the depressed freeway would limit the depth of beam/girder bridges. The arch solves this problem by putting the structure above the roadway.
This is indeed a rather unique span!
I especially like the huge globes on the end. I wonder if these are meant to serve as finials...
Now this is a neat bridge. Sure it is moderne, but it arrived on scene with some assembly required. Good find, Luke. I will not even think about using my famous line on this bridge.