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Falls of the Ohio Bridge

Falls of the Ohio Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 5, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Conrail) Over Ohio River and Riverside Drive
Location
Louisville and Jeffersonville: Jefferson County, Kentucky and Clark County, Indiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 18 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Span Drive)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1919 By Builder/Contractor: Pennsylvania Steel Company of Steelton, Pennsylvania and Engineer/Design: Waddell and Son of Kansas City, Missouri

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
644 Feet (196 Meters)
Structure Length
3,577 Feet (1,090 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 21 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is noted for its 645.5 foot span (actual clear span length is 643.875 feet). This span was the longest simple truss span that used riveted connections only. At this time, most long-span truss bridges either used pin-connections, or a combination of pinned and riveted connections. The massive trusses of this span are very impressive to view, being 110.5 feet tall at the center, and 74 feet tall at the portals. The span is 34 feet wide and weighs 6,209 tons.

At the south end of the bridge, there is a vertical lift span over the channel that allows boats to pass through locks and avoid the Falls of the Ohio.

This bridge replaced the famous Louisville Bridge, which was an iron Fink truss bridge built in 1870 according to the design of famous engineer Albert Fink himself.

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