Saturday, July 31, 2021

1913,1951 CWRO/RT Scherzer Bridge over Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges3D Satellite)

RT = River Terminal Railway
CWRO = Cleveland Works Railway

Built in 1913 and rebuilt in 1951 to make it stronger.

Jann Mayer in Sep 2019 via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

ClevelandMemory via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

One of six photos shared by Tom Habak of the LTV Steel Plant

Cleveland State University Library Photograph Collection via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

C Hanchey via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

Douglas Butler in Nov 2017 via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

Friday, July 30, 2021

1929 NS/NYC/LS&MS Sundusky Bay Bridge near Sundusky, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic BridgesSatellite)

There are three other fixed spans in this causeway.

It looks really close to the water. I found a clearance figure of 9'. And then I found this clarification: "The water has been high so not sure if that 9 ft. is accurate. It is a simple matter to call and have them raise the bridge. Normally, not much wait time. I just went through last weekend." [walleye]
Photo by Chicago Line Railfan via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Lawrence G Sobczak Flickr

Photo and article by Dan Cupper via (source)
"A 3-hour-plus drawbridge failure on Sunday afternoon (July 25) halted movements on Norfolk Southern’s busy Chicago Line and stranded marine traffic on Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay. The bridge, a 1929 double-track rolling Scherzer-type drawbridge at MP 248 between Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio, was initially stuck in an up position, observers reported. But when the remote bridge operator was finally able to lower it, the span wouldn’t lock into place, the operator told boaters who called the NS marine contact line." It was back in service after three hours.
[This article said that jet skis could fit under, but speedboats had to wait.]

Thursday, July 29, 2021

1860+1953+1991 General Dean Suspension Bridge over Kaskaskia River in Carlyle, IL

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; HAERSatellite)

"As of 1976, this was the only suspension bridge in Illinois." [Plaque via Bridge Hunter]

The original suspension bridge was opened for use in 1860. A US highway bridge was built in 1925. That helped save this bridge because it became a pedestrian bridge. Illinois state provided money in 1951 for a restoration that was completed in 1953. Illinois again provided money in 1989 for "major renovation and rehabilitation work" that was completed in 1991. [Photo 6 below]

Street View

Street View

Michele Duncan posted seven photos with the comment: "Carlyle Illinois suspension bridge."







HAER has three photos. I didn't include the LoC captions because a Bridge Hunter comment indicates they are wrong. These are the photos 8-10 referenced in this comment by Bill Little:'
Great historic photos of the General Dean Bridge, nos. 8,9,10. Just a couple quick corrections to the captions, however. Photo #8 is described as "View From North-East"; actually it appears to have been taken from the south, looking north-northeast (the old river channel is seen curving eastward to the north of the bridge). #9 is described as a "View From South-West"; actually it's looking southwest from a vantage point to the northeast (old power plant on west river bank south of the bridge is easily seen). #10 is described as being of the "East End"; actually it's the west end looking northeast. I resided a number of years in Carlyle and lived 2 1/2 blocks west of the bridge on Fairfax Ave.




Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CSX/CSLR(NYC) Marcy Trestle over Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, OH

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; FlickrSatellite, I also noticed the CanalWay Center near the Ohio & Erie Canal)

CSLR = Cleveland Short Line Railroad, NYC subsidiary

This trestle is another reminder that, unlike Illinois and Indiana, Ohio has some serious hills near the Great Lakes. (Ballville Dam was another.)

Wheeling West End photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Tim Evanson 2017 Flickr photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
CSX bridge - CanalWay Center

Worldwide Railfan Productions posted
CSX Q017 with "Big Brother" watching me from above. The Marcy Trestle is located on the Shortline Sub through the City of Cleveland. ~Drawbar

While looking at the satellite image, I noticed that there are pipeline bridges on either side of this trestle. The straight "brown line" was the Ohio & Erie Canal. Thus the trail name of "Towpath Trail."

The pipelines are a reminder that Rockefeller started Standard Oil in Cleveland. Tim caught the pipelines in this photo.
Tim Evanson 2017 Flickr photo via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1963 I-65 John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge over Ohio River at Louisville, KY

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; Satellite)

(Update: RoadTraffic-Technology article)

C Hanchey Flickr, License: Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) 

I-65 cantilever through truss bridge over the Ohio River between Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana.


The bridge was renamed the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge in 1963. It was built by the Allied Structural Steel Company and received an Award of Merit for Long Span Bridges from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge is in the background

Street View from Kentucky side

Street View from Indiana side

Street View

David Gulden posted
Yesterday i posted the SALLY POLK with coal barges n bowboat this is how im use to seeing her.
Roger Green: S/B at Louisville, KY. Old Port of Louisville in background. I would say this photo is from the Clark Bridge.
[This post was the motivation of these notes because this bridge is in the background. The Big Four Bridge is beyond this one.]

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Taken from the ramp that goes up to the Big Four Bridge

Kentucky has had trouble painting its Ohio bridges. In this case it took from 1999 to 2008 and cost $60m because bridge inspectors solicitated bribes and paint contractors kept failing. [BridgesTunnels]

Monday, July 26, 2021

1979 CFNR/NWP Brazos Bridge over Napa River near Napa, CA

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; 3D Satellite)

CFNR = California Northern Railroad
NWP = Northwestern Pacific Railroad

"Built 1979; Rendered inoperable by copper thieves 2007; Reopened for traffic 2009." [BridgeHunter]

Street View

Why yet another lift bridge? Because I came across a rather interesting view of this bridge.
Lale Masalar posted
Timothy Boles: This is the Brazos bridge near Napa California on the NWP. This is the 2nd incident on that bridge. This was 2 GP9s that the engineer ran the red and went for a swim. This engineer became known as "the Commodore" this was in the early 80's if I remember correctly.
The first incident was in the 50s and someone took 3 brand new Baldwin AS616s and ran the red signal went swimming, with a 100 car train behind them. That engineer became known as "The Admiral".
BTW all the locomotives from both incidents returned to service I think

Gordon Asmundson commented on Bridge Hunter with four photos and the text: "1983 the Schellville turn goes for a swim." (Gordon also provided a URL, but it no longer works.)




Sunday, July 25, 2021

1935 Mississippi Lock and Dam #5 at Whitman, MN

Constructed and placed in operation May 1935. Site underwent major rehabilitation from 1987 through 1998. Dam consists of concrete structure 1,619 feet long with six roller gates and 28 tainter gates. Earth embankment 18,000 feet long.
A lift of 9'

The red line highlights the earthen embankment. The yellow line shows where there is a culvert under the embankment to keep the wetlands wet.
Satellite plus Paint

Building dams in a swamp is challenging. Now that I've studied a few more dams in the upper-Upper Mississippi, I've noticed that the river channel is typically not as well defined as it is in the lower-Upper Mississippi. As shown by the red line above the dam is over three miles long because of the earth embankment. Furthermore, there is another dam, #5A, just a few miles downstream from this one with another long embankment. And it has a lift of only 5.5'.
At the time of construction of Lock and Dam Number 5T the river was about 2 to 2-1/2 miles wide, with the main channel at the foot of the bluff. The river normally maintained a width of 800 feet, widening to 2 miles in flood stages. Prior to construction, the river bottom rose gently from the river to the Wisconsin bluffs and was overgrown with brush and timber. [HAER-data]



Matthew Cooper posted four photos with the comment: "Lock & Dam 5."
I think the American Duchess is upbound and the photos are in reverse order. That is why I reversed them when I copied them. In the last photo, look at all of the speedboats that are coming into the lock to go downbound.




HAER-grid, Part 1

HAER-grid, Part 2

Saturday, July 24, 2021

1926-1991 8th Street Toll Bridge over Ohio River at Bellaire-Benwood

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; see below for satellite)

"Operated as a privately owned toll bridge until 1991 when Ohio DOT cut off the west approach to build a new OH 7. Now owned by KDC investments which is in litigation with three companies who claim they paid for the exclusive scrap rights." [BridgeHunterIndex]

I learned of this cantilever bridge from this photo that I found while researching a steel mill in Benwood, WV.

C Hanchey Flickr via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

"The bridge was historically and technologically significant as the second oldest highway bridge on the Ohio River that spanned the entire Ohio River, and also for being among the oldest surviving highway cantilever spans in the United States. It was also distinguished as one of the oldest and most unaltered highway cantilever spans in the United States." It has a historic rating of 10/10. The rust is just superficial because salt was never used on the bridge by the toll road owners. Only the concrete deck is falling apart. [HistoricBridges]  So replace the concrete with plastic planking that looks like wood and open it as a trail bridge. The viaduct over Benwood can be torn down and replaced with the type of spiral ramps used for the Big Four Bridge at Louisville so that Benwood quits complaining about the bridge. Building those ramps would probably cost less than the demolition.

Boston Public Library Flickr via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

I'm saving the satellite image since companies are fighting for the right to scrap this bridge. Since this bridge is made with steel that was probably made from iron ore, as opposed to just scrap steel, it probably would fetch premium scrap steel prices. The bridge still stands in a Mar 2021 Google Earth image. One of the legal issues that has delayed the destruction of the bridge is that the Coast Guard is investigating whether or not Ohio state promised the bridge owner that they would build new ramps for the bridge. Historic Bridges reports that they did use taxpayer money to design new ramps.

This view was taken from the OH-7 road whose construction destroyed the approaches to the bridge on the Ohio side.
Street View, note the WLE/B&O Bridge peaking through underneath the truss

edgar jusionis, May 2021