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Bessemer Bend Bridge

Photos 

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Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #293715

Map 

Description 

The Bessemer Bend Bridge is a unique subtype of the standard Warren truss. One of only three Warren Through trusses still in use on the County Road System, it is the only one with verticals at alternating panel points. The two pony approach spans are also unusual, though not unique in their configuration.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over North Platte River on CR 58
Location
Bessemer Bend, Natrona County, Wyoming
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1921; Replaced 1997
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 195.0 ft.
Total length: 325.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 22, 1985
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.77184, -106.53035   (decimal degrees)
42°46'19" N, 106°31'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/374801/4736614 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
WY DUX (Wyoming bridge identifier)
NRHP 85000428 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 62924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/1991)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 42.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
40

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2014: Added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke
  • HAER WY-65 - Bessemer Bend Bridge, Spanning North Platte River on County Road 58, Casper, Natrona County, WY