This is a classic example of a pony truss built by the Groton Bridge Company. This bridge is on a private road, but is right next to a public road.
A ca. 1900 construction date was given, but the design was a standard one used by Groton Bridge Company in the 1890s.
The bridge was originally located in the town of Lewis, about 15 miles northeast of Keene Valley and moved here by Fedor Smith and Paul Sachs in ca. 1925. The exact location is unknown.
The bridge is the only access across the East Branch of the Ausable River to six residential properties. It is a one lane bridge. It is on the National Register.
The area around this bridge was subjected to hurricane-related flooding and in 2020 the owners were applying for "Beers Bridge Preservation" per the NYS Cultural Resources Information System as follows:
The application being submitted is for “Beers Bridge Preservation”. The bridge provides the only vehicle access to six residential properties in the Town of Keene. The bridge itself is on the National Register of Historic Places (98NR013347) and has been documented in “Crossing the River, The Historic Bridges of the Ausable River” by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH).
The bridge and road begin from NYS Route 73 and are initially on the property of Laura Booth and Jennifer Cook. However, the agreements dating back to the 1950’s, and the deeds for the various properties bind the neighbors to share in the costs of upkeep and allow passage of others on their sections. As a result, while the work will be entirely on Ms. Booth’s and Ms. Cook’s property, it is undertaken on behalf of and in agreement with all the neighbors.
As you will see in the report and design proposal by Schoder Rivers Associates, the bridge is threatened by the severe erosion of the East bank of the East Branch of the Ausable River. This erosion is due to the high water events of Hurricane Irene and the 2019 Halloween storm and has been accelerated by high water events in mid-January 2020 and mid-April 2020.
Our proposal is intended to protect the bridge from catastrophic loss which would eliminate the access to the residential properties. These represent more than $2.5 million of assessed value in the Town of Keene.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
This bridge is on a private road, but is right next to a public road.
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