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Singing Bridge

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Singing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: July 8, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bridge Street (US-60X, St. Clair Street) Over Kentucky River
Location
Frankfort: Franklin County, Kentucky: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1893 By Builder/Contractor: King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2010
Main Span Length
406 Feet (123.75 Meters)
Structure Length
409 Feet (124.66 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
037B00065N

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This is both a beautiful and a highly significant historic bridge. Built in 1893 and with a main span of 405 feet, this is an extremely long simple span truss bridge for its age. It represents a significant engineering achievement for its period. The King Bridge Company was a noteworthy and prolific bridge builder and the company actually built a number of fairly large simple span truss bridges that followed the Pennsylvania truss configuration. Nearly all examples of these long-span bridges built by King have been demolished. Thus, this bridge is distinguished as one of the last surviving long-span truss bridges built by King. Because of its span length, this bridge has a very tall and impressive appearance to it. Yet, as an 19th Century pin-connected truss bridge, it also has the lightweight, delicate appearance associated with that type of bridge. It is a visually pleasing bridge. Fortunately, this bridge has been preserved for vehicular use. It was rehabilitated in 1956 and in 2010.

This bridge originally had a large plaque on its portal, as well as ornamental portal cresting and finials. It also had a beautiful gothic arch lattice railing. All of these have been lost over the years.

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