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Old Farquharson Drive Bridge

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Farm Access Bridge

North approach

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in April 2015

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BH Photo #323218

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Description 

This is an unusual configuration for a steel stringer bridge, hence its documentation here. Unlike the standard model the steel stringers run alongside the deck, and the deck is supported by hangers which are suspended from the stringers.

The abutments give us a clue as to why this configuration was employed: They are cut stone (expertly done, I might add), indicating that this was home to a much older bridge, either a pony truss or a small covered bridge. To most effectively reuse the abutments it would have been impractical to move/convert the abutments for stringers underneath the deck.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Wells River on Abandoned Road
Location
South Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont
Status
Open to pedestrians/snowmobiles only
History
Built 1919; Bypassed 1965; Closed & Abandoned c. 1994
Design
Steel stringer/girder with suspended floorbeams
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 46.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.19305, -72.14821   (decimal degrees)
44°11'35" N, 72°08'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/727900/4897269 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Groton
Inventory number
BH 67156 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com