This bridge is an important and impressive structure, noted for its length and good historic integrity. Multi-span pin-connected Pratt truss bridges are becoming quite rare, and this bridge as a four-span structure is a very rare find these days. Each span contains nine panels. The bridge retains original lattice railings, that feature some decorative design. Original built-up floor beams are also present. No major alterations on the structure were noted. The bridge is a beautiful structure, partly aided by its builder plaque, and use of lattice to form the various built-up members and chords in the trusses. Interestingly, no v-lacing was used however, just lattice. At the time of this bridge's construction, lattice and v-lacing were simply utilitarian methods to assemble built-up beams. However in today's world of rolled i-beams, elements like v-lacing and lattice add a beautiful additional dimension of geometric art to a truss bridge.
Unlike neighboring Pennsylvania, which indiscriminately demolishes any historic truss bridge it is replacing, even when it is not in the way of its replacement, New York left this bridge standing when it constructed a new bridge next to it. Although abandoned and un-restored, New York's choice has left the door open for a future preservation project that will likely materialize as truss bridges become increasingly rare, which is resulting in increased public awareness. New York's decision was an excellent one, that states like Pennsylvania should be required to follow.
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