Bridges Over the Licking River
This bridge is in the foreground. The bridge in the back is the active CSX bridge.
Photo taken by Geoff McKim in July 2018
BH Photo #430099
Here's a video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6evdVdmqiU&t=1s
Are we sure this was a RR bridge? A news article that says this bridge may be reused for a trail (they are applying for a 1 million dollar grant, which I am not sure would be enough to reopen this bridge considering its tall and the approaches are gone) also the article says its a waterline bridge:
“This was an old bridge that the water district used to actually take water from Covington over to Wilder that has been abandoned,” Gardner said.
The bridge was built decades ago to hold a water line between Wilder and Covington, said Ron Lovan, president of the Northern Kentucky Water District. The water line hasn’t been used since the 1970s, he said. Approaches were taken out on both sides of the bridge after children were found to be using it to hang out and jump into the river, he said.
I've got that all figured out. Steel climbing cables.
Since we're on the subject, this bridge reminds me of the LC&L Bridge: http://www.bridgehunter.com/pa/franklin/cumberland-valley-rr...
Definitely less burly than RR bridges that were to be built later.
Guys........my wits would never come between me a good "Bridgehunter challenge"......but my physique might! :)
My wits have never stood in the way of a challenge. As a matter of fact, the older I get, the less they seem to impose an opinion. ;-)
Bill, give my senility a couple of more years and we'll do it--unless you still have your wits about you!
A truly intriguing structure with a challenging access.
Clark, if you ever decide to do it, give me a heads up. I can be there in ten minutes. Literally. ;-)
There seem to be aspects of this structure that support both arguments, but I would be inclined to say railroad bridge on this one too. Back in the day, railroad bridges were built lighter because train loads were lighter (see http://www.bridgehunter.com/mn/hennepin/bh45221/), but on the other hand, these lighter bridges were built back in the pin-connected bridge era. This particular bridge is rivet-connected, suggesting the possibility of a road crossing; but, this bridge's portal and width dimensions appear to be very similar to the other bridge, which makes me think it's a RR bridge from the 1910's built during the transition period from lighter to heavier, and the Warren is a heavier version from the 1930's.
Looking at historical topo maps there is always a railroad crossing and never a road crossing at this location. Judging from the approach piers in the photos I'd go with railroad too. The taller height seems odd but it wouldn't be the first time someone had over engineered something. If I KNEW there would be a plaque up there I'd consider it a nifty summer trip to get up to photograph it. Canoe, line gun, ropes....
Everything I've been told indicates a railroad bridge. I looked at the site on historicaerials.com and while the 1956 image is cut off before the bridge, two through truss approach spans can be seen on the east (Wilder, Campbell County) side of the bridge. The 1970 view shows what appears to be twin through truss approach spans on the west (Covington, Kenton County) side. It does seem to be quite a bit less sturdy than the bridge to the north. A peek at the builders plaque might clear up some of the questions, but I'm 48, and hauling my butt up that pier to check for one isn't high on my list of things to do. ;-) (It would be if I was 18.)
Are you sure it's not an abandoned road bridge? It's construction seems much lighter than the actual railroad bridge next to it, plus its elevation looks much higher- it would have been very unusual for a railroad to make the bridge that much higher than the roadbed to which it leads. Also, if you look at the satellite picture, there appears to be a stub of the old road to the west of the bridge.