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CN - Park Falls Bridge (1927)

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This girder bridge is still in use, since 1927

Photo taken by Bruce Oldenberg in December 2014

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BH Photo #465909

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Description 

The Flambeau Paper Co. RR had abandonned their underpass of the previous truss bridge on the river bank in about 1923. Now the girders occupies that space. The bridge history record came from the Roadway Completion Report of the Wisconsin Central / M.St.P.and S.S.M Ry. Co. as show on AFE (Authorization for Expenditure) W-244-27 dagted April 5, 1929. The AFE paper record is in the library of the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society. (with a thank you to Emory L.)

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Flambeau River on Canadian National RR
Location
Park Falls, Price County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1927 by American Bridge Co.
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (SOO)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Design
It consists of two 66 ft deck plate girder spans with a skew, for 132 feet total length.
The previous bridge's stone block abutments were remodeled to hold the girders.
There was a new concrete center pier in the river; log drives no longer came down the river, so a clear span was not necessary.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 66.0 ft.
Total length: 132.0 ft.
Also called
Railroad bridge A-375-A
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.93210, -90.44696   (decimal degrees)
45°55'56" N, 90°26'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/697927/5089672 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88176 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2020: Updated by Luke: Corrected builder to prexisting category; Added railroads
  • February 11, 2020: New photo from Bruce Oldenberg

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