Saturday, February 18, 2017

NS/SOU Bridge over Wabash River in Mt. Carmel, IL

(Bridge Hunter, Satellite)
20170107 7568c, downstream elevation
It is strange that the swing span is so close to the bank. If this was on the outer edge of a curve, it would make sense because that is where the channel would be deepest. But I checked the map, and the river is straight through here. Is it because the Patoka River dumping its water into the Wabash just upstream would create tricky currents that they wanted to stay away from?

Here is a sequence of shots I took on the upstream side starting with the flood wall for Mt. Carmel and then turning towards the east.

Then I moved closer to the bank of the Wabash to try to get a better upstream elevation shot. Black trusses against black trees just doesn't work very well.

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