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Knights Landing Bridge

   


Knights Landing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 6, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CA-113 Over Sacramento River
Location
Knights Landing: Sutter County, California and Yolo County, California
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1933 By Builder/Contractor: Rocca and Caletti of San Rafael, California and Engineer/Design: Edward Von Geldern

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1949
Main Span Length
208 Feet (63.4 Meters)
Structure Length
407.2 Feet (124.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 7 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
220040

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This bridge is an example of a railing height truss bascule bridge. The railing height design refers to a deck truss whose trusses are raised up slightly above the deck like a pony truss, but just high enough so that the top chord of the truss acts like a railing. The design was developed in Chicago and was popular in that city both for a number of reasons. It offered a streamlined aesthetic, yet also had a utilitarian purpose of giving the top chord of the trusses a dual function as railings. It also increased the clearance under the bridge when lowered, while still avoiding the use of a full height pony truss. This is an unusual example of this truss type outside of Chicago. This California example is unusual because its truss and the roadway both have a very notable camber to them.

This bridge was designed by Edward Von Geldern who was one of the first registered engineers in Sutter County.

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