Built as a double-deck railroad bridge with an upper deck for highway
traffic, in 1985 a new highway bridge resulted in the upper deck being
The swing span and two of the approach spans are unusual as they have the
general appearance and design of through truss spans, but they do not have
overhead bracing in the typical sense. With the upper deck passing through them
there is no room nor any need for bracing as the deck likely braces the truss.
The bridge is a noted example of a bridge designed by famous engineer Ralph
The west end of the upper deck of this bridge is now an observation platform,
so that part of this bridge at least remains open to the public.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Double-Deck
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