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Ray Road Bridge

Ray Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Tim Taylor

Bridge Documented: January 26, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ray Road Over Blackford Creek
Location
Rural: Daviess County, Kentucky and Hancock County, Kentucky: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1884 By Builder/Contractor: Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
90 Feet (27.43 Meters)
Structure Length
91.8 Feet (27.98 Meters)
Roadway Width
10.8 Feet (3.29 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
30C00018N

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This six panel through truss bridge is an important bridge because it displays the unique and distinctive design details of its builder, the Smith Bridge Company. Those details include the specific decorative design of the portal bracing and plaque. The company also had a specific way of configuring its bearings and bottom chord connections at the end posts. Other details, such a the plain sway bracing that lacks v-lacing or lattice as well as the use of battens under the top chord / end post instead of v-lacing or lattice, while certainly not unique to the Smith Bridge Company, are still details that nearly always appeared in the company's through truss bridges of the period. 

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