This bridge was a standard plan 1950s steel beam bridge It had two spans, and sat on concrete abutments and piers. Original guardrails were in place on the bridge, although modern double-size Armco guardrails had been added in front of them. There was no weight limit present on the bridge when it was closed, and the steel beams appeared to be in good condition. The original guardrails were in excellent condition behind the Armco guardrails.
This bridge is next to the Old Fred Moore Highway Bridge. Together these bridges formed a very attractive area to admire two generations of pleasing bridge design.
The new bridge provides a left turn lane. The only purpose a left turn lane could possibly provide is to allow people to prepare to make a left turn and go crashing through the railings and into the river below! U.S. roads often place left turn lanes in places where there is no reason to make a left turn, supposedly for consistency of the road way. Still, it does not seem like it would hurt to not worry about a left turn lane on a bridge. While the Fred Moore Highway Bridge was not overly significant, it should serve to raise concern. Should a rare, two-lane historic bridge be demolished to put a left turn lane on the crossing? This does not make sense and would only be a waste of money and history. In Canada, at least in Ontario, left turn lanes are only present where they need to be... if there is a stretch of road with no drives the left turn lane is not present there.
The original piers from the old bridge were reused to support the new bridge. Retaining the substructure is better than nothing, but with any bridge, the greatest amount of significance is rather contained within the superstructure.
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