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Sandy Lee Watkins Park Bridge

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Sandy Lee Watkins Park Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 27, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Lick Creek Tributary
Location
Rural: Henderson County, Kentucky: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1880 By Builder/Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
58 Feet (18 Meters)
Structure Length
63 Feet (19 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This rare historic bowstring pony truss was relocated into a park setting, creating a beautiful heritage attraction for the park. Reportedly, there are plans to move additional bridges to this park and create what is thought to be the first such trail in Kentucky! As was the case in its final years in highway service in the previous location, the bowstring truss itself does not carry a live load. Overall, the truss lines retain good historic integrity, although two modifications are worth mentioning to better understand the appearance of the bridge today. Firstly, as it often the case when trusses are reused as non-structural elements, the floorbeams have been "stubbed" into the load-bearing stringers. Another more unusual, and visually notable, change is that for reasons unknown the vertical members with outriggers were lowered slightly which required threaded rod to be welded onto the top of these vertical members. Bridge historians will no doubt immediately notice the unusual appearance this gives the bridge. Also unusual is that the trusses were mounted in such a manner that the bottom chord is above the deck level. While this makes it convenient for visitors to see the various parts of the bridge, it does make the bridge look a bit different than the original design. Overall however, this is a positive outcome as very few historic bridges have been preserved in Kentucky, and this bridge can serve as a beautiful heritage attraction in this park setting.

View This Relocated Historic Bridge's Page In Its Previous Bracken County Location Here

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