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Branham's Mill Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by C. Hanchey

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BH Photo #131888

Video 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZAo8WYvFhM

Here's a link to a video I just did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZAo8WYvFhM

Description 

The Pan American Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana fabricated this span for Empire, who likely erected it. The Indiana firm was noted as having fabricated superstructures for Empire, who likely never had their own fabricating facility.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over North Elkhorn Creek on Galloway Road
Location
Scott County, Kentucky
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in 1910 by the Empire Bridge Company; Bypassed by new bridge in 2003
Builders
- Empire Bridge Co. of Lexington, Kentucky (Contractor)
- Pan American Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana (Fabricator)
Design
7-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Also called
Galloway Pike Iron Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.23250, -84.65417   (decimal degrees)
38°13'57" N, 84°39'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/705319/4234213 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Midway
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
225
Inventory numbers
KY 105-C00034N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18942 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2022: New video from Satolli Glassmeyer
  • September 20, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder
  • March 21, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 2, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • March 17, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is not on the national register

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Satolli Glassmeyer - info [at] scenicroadrallies [dot] com

Comments 

North Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice bridge. Looks like it was restored recently....wonder why they felt it needed to be bypassed. But at least they saved it. The shape of the builder's plates is identical to those from the New Castle/Pan American Bridge Companies. I took the close up of the plaque and tried to lighten it. Although it didn't make much difference, I could just barely make out the company. It was built by the Empire Bridge Company of Lexington,KY. Empire worked closely with the Pan American Bridge Company in their early years, and Pan Am fabricated many of their superstructures until Empire built their own manufacturing facility. Central States also used this style of plaque, as they were formerly the New Castle Bridge Company.

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