This bridge is a rare situation where the substructure is the most significant part of the bridge. The Pratt truss main span is also historically significant, but the approach spans which are supported by unique cast iron bents are highly significant. Cast iron in major structural parts of bridges usually means that the bridge in question is one of the oldest metal bridges in the country, usually dating to the 1870s or before. Thus this 1890s bridge is an unusual exception. The reason might be its builder, Seevers Manufacturing Company. Few bridges are documented as being built by this company but of those few that are known, many display unusual design details suggesting this was a company that did not conform to typical design practices of the period. In any case, all surviving bridges in the country with major cast iron components constitute one of the rarest and most significant groups of historic bridges.
This bridge has been bypassed by a new bridge, and left standing. No repair work has been done on the bridge since it was bypassed. The cast iron bents remain in good condition, however the Pratt truss has some severe pack rust and also some section loss especially at the bearings, so in the long term a restoration of this span is worth considering.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Cast Iron
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