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Town Line Road Bridge

Town Line Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: August 11, 2012


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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Town Line Road Over Otselic River
Location
Taylor: Cortland County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Pin-Connected Lenticular Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 4 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1903
Main Span Length
85 Feet (25.91 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
11.5 Feet (3.51 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is among the shortest lenticular through truss bridges remaining. This does not diminish is significance however, since lenticular truss bridges are both exceedingly rare both in New York State and nationwide, yet also display one of the most unusual varieties of metal truss bridge ever built. Like all lenticular truss bridges in New York State, this bridge is the product of the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, originally known as the Corrugated Metal Company. This bridge was constructed in 1888. In 1903, on the east end of the bridge, the noteworthy and regionally prolific builder Groton Bridge Company added a riveted Warren pony truss span to the bridge. This span accommodated a spillway for the Perry Sawmill that was once located here. The spillway today, unused for many years, is essentially filled in, but the trusses remain in place.

The bridge's deck was replaced in 1976, and the bridge closed to vehicular traffic in the early 1990s. The bridge today carries only non-motorized traffic and snowmobiles. There has been local interest in restoring this highly significant historic bridge, however, as is often the case, finding funding to do so has proven difficult. The bridge today continues to stand, overgrown, and with abutment deterioration visible. Now would most certainly be an excellent time to restore this bridge for continued non-motorized and snowmobile use.

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the state register.

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