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Beaty Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 16, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Swilley Road (9th Drive) Over Alapahoochee River
Rural: Hamilton County, Florida: United States
Structure Type
Metal 5 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Roanoke Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is barely in Florida, less than a mile south of the state line with Georgia. As a Florida bridge, it is one of the oldest surviving highway truss bridges in the state. This bridge was reportedly abandoned in the 1970s. The bridge today retains good historic integrity, but structurally, severe and widespread section loss was observed particularly at the lower chord connections. The bridge was reportedly built at a cost of $4,650 in 1911 by the Roanoke Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia. The Roanoke Bridge Company is a bridge company with a somewhat confusing history. A historical article indicates that the Roanoke Bridge Company formed February 14, 1906 and originally had an arrangement with the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia, where Virginia Bridge and Iron Company would fabricate the steel, and Roanoke Bridge Company did the on-site erection work. However in 1911, this relationship was ended.

This bridge displays some extremely unusual details, especially for an early 20th Century truss bridge, since by this time most truss bridges followed standard designs and did not display bizarre details. The unusual details in this bridge can be found in other Roanoke Bridge Company bridges, and potentially Virginia Bridge and Iron Company bridges as well. The unusual details center around the vertical members which have an unusual tapered design. Two angles and battens compose the built-up tapered verticals. The unusual tapered design also leads to an unusual treatment of the bottom chord connections. At the bottom of the verticals, the vertical member frames around the bottom chord eyebar. On either side of the eyebar there is a u-bolt hanger which holds the floor beam. The framing of the bottom chord is an unusual detail, as is the use of two hangers at each panel point.


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