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MET - Dry Creek Bridge


Dry Creek RR Bridge Modesto CA

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #228703


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Deck plate girder with pin connected truss reinforcement system


Deck plate girder bridge over Dry Creek on Modesto and Empire Traction Co. (MET)
Modesto, Stanislaus County, California
Open to traffic
- Modesto & Empire Traction Co. (MET)
Deck plate girder with pin connected under-girder truss system
Length of largest span: 78.0 ft.
Total length: 224.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.63634, -120.98436   (decimal degrees)
37°38'11" N, 120°59'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/677847/4167378 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
89 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 26, 2018: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 26, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Queenpost deck truss"
  • May 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status from "Unknown" to "Open"
  • March 31, 2012: Added by Craig Philpott



Dry Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted April 1, 2012, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is what happens when a truss bridge and a girder bridge have too much to drink and spend a romantic night together.

My guess is the girder needed strengthening for some reason or another, and the railroad added the tie-bars and struts to give the girders more strength. It appears this either happened during original construction of the span or not very long after. The steel fabrication methods are similar, ie: rivets and pins. It does not appear this is a modern addition to the girders, but was done a while ago.

It may have been the original design for this bridge as well, if you look at the girders there are doubled up bearing stiffeners above each of the vertical strut members. These could have been added later, but who knows for sure.

Thatís one theory, I would love to hear others.

Dry Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted April 1, 2012, by Wes Kinsler (webmaster [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

The bracing is reminiscent of the truss rods that were used to reinforce wooden railroad cars.

Dry Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted March 31, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

I am very interested in comments from more experienced pontist's regarding this design.