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Hadley Bow Bridge

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Hadley Bow Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: March 8, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old Corinth Road Over Sacandaga River
Location
Rural: Saratoga County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Pin-Connected Lenticular Combination Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 3 Panel Pin-Connected Lenticular Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1885 By Builder/Contractor: Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2006
Main Span Length
136 Feet (41 Meters)
Structure Length
180 Feet (55 Meters)
Roadway Width
17 Feet (5.18 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
2202740

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View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Drawings, PDF - HAER Data Pages, PDF

View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

This is the only known surviving example of a half-through lenticular truss, and it also has a pony truss lenticular approach span. The bridge was closed to traffic in 1983, but in 2006 it was heavily retrofitted and rehabilitated and reopened to traffic. Load-bearing stringers were added in between truss lines. The trusses themselves are today decorative only. The loss of function and loss of all but the stubbed ends of the original built-up floorbeams represent significant losses to the historic integrity. However, the truss lines themselves retain good historic integrity and still visually convey the same general visual appearance and arrangement. Thus the project is an interesting compromise solution. Perhaps less alteration could have been achieved by restoration for pedestrian use only, but this solution allows the original experience of driving over the bridge to remain.

Above: The previous bridge at this location was an 1813 covered bridge.

Above: These photos from the Historic American Engineering Record show the bridge prior to rehabilitation. Click/tap for enlargement.

 

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
43.313950,-73.845000

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