This bridge has been listed on HistoricBridges.org atypically due to the age and historical significance of the spans. Normally, the vertical lift span of this bridge would be considered the main span. However, because it dates to ca. 1970-1972 and is thus of limited significance, the approach spans are instead shown as the main spans. The approach spans were built along with a swing span (which was replaced by the lift span) in 1899. The approach spans are pin-connected truss spans of approximately 400 feet. As such, they are large and historically significant spans representing significant engineering achievements due to the long span length and complex Pennsylvania truss configuration.
In 2011, this railroad bridge was converted for pedestrian use. A unique solution enables the bridge to be permanently in the raised position. The original railroad deck was replaced with a pedestrian deck and it was installed in the fixed Pennsylvania truss spans as a ramp that leads up to the vertical lift span's raised deck. As such, at the ends of the Pennsylvania truss spans, the deck actually passes though where the portal and sway bracing was.
At night, dynamic color lighting can be seen on this bridge.
Above: Postcard showing bridge with original swing span.
Above: Photo showing color lighting on the bridge at night.
Above: 1899 Drawing of bridge as it appeared in a magazine produced by the railroad.
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