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Sand Pond Road Bridge

Nasons Mills Road Bridge

Sand Pond Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 16. 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sand Pond Road (Nasons Mills Road) Over Little Osipee River
Location
Rural: York County, Maine: United States

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
53 Feet (16 Meters)
Structure Length
111 Feet (34 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
5165

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This two span pony truss bridge is unusual for two main reasons. First, it is an example of a multi span pony truss, which is uncommon. Typically, pony truss bridges were used for short crossings, and a longer crossing would be spanned by one or more through trusses, since through truss bridges could achieve longer spans and this would reduce the number of spans needed. It is not always immediately clear why a bridge might deviate from this practice and use multiple pony truss spans, however issues such as cost, soil conditions, and river conditions could all affect the decision making process. This bridge however is quite unusual since not only is it a multi-span pony truss, each span is quite short at only 53 feet. This crossing could have been accomplished with a single short 106 foot through truss span. Regardless of the reason, this bridge is another example of how diverse and infinitely fascinating historic bridges can be.

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