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Hubbardtown Bridge

Kelsey Road Bridge

   


Hubbardtown Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 27, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kelsey Road Over Catatonk Creek
Location
Hubbardtown (Rural): Tioga County, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
98 Feet (29.9 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

This historic bridge has been demolished or collapsed!

About This Bridge

This eight panel bridge was likely built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut or the company's earlier name, Corrugated Metal Company. Without a construction date known or a plaque remaining on the bridge it is difficult to know which name the company was using when this bridge was built. The bridge varies from other lenticular truss bridges in that its vertical members are rolled beams and not v-laced or latticed. Its lightweight design and unusual appearance unlike many lenticular truss bridges suggests it may have been among the earlier examples, ca. perhaps dating in the 1878-1882 range. As such, it would be the work of Corrugated Metal Company.

Like any surviving lenticular truss bridge, this bridge is nationally significant as an extremely rare and important type of metal truss bridge. The design was known for its graceful and distinctive lens-like shape. The design was one that the Corrugated Metal Company patented and built in various places in the country, from New England to Texas.

Bridge Concerns In 2007

This particular bridge is in severe danger of collapse. The bridge has been abandoned for some time and no work has been done on it. The southwest abutment, which appears to have had a shoddy repair job done some time ago, is rapidly failing. Large concrete blocks apparently added to hold the soil together are falling away, allowing water to rush in and erode things. These blocks also appear to be places stress on the steel bents that appear to do most of the work of holding the bridge up.

It is imperative that this abutment be repaired immediately. If a total restoration is not feasible at this time it may be desirable to simply lift the bridge off of the abutments and set it on land next to the creek so as to prevent the destruction of the lenticular superstructure due to abutment failure.

Bridge Status In 2012

Although no news articles or information online was available, multiple website visitors have reported that this bridge is gone. It is assumed it either collapsed or was purposely demolished. There is a very, very slim chance the bridge was placed in storage for future use. If the bridge was demolished or collapsed, this is a devastating loss of one of a nationally significant historic bridge that ranked among the most significant in rural New York State. Bridges like this should receive nothing but the absolute highest preservation priority. Due to the unusual details of this bridge that were dissimilar to the few lenticular truss bridges that remain nationwide, this structure was irreplaceable, with no similar example available to be preserved elsewhere. If gone, these unique details have been lost forever.

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