Although this is a large bridge, for a continuous truss bridge of its type, is quite small. It has the shape of a cantilever truss, with towers over the piers, but appears to lack hinges which would mean that it functions as a continuous truss. Small continuous through truss bridges are uncommon, and thus are an unusual case where a bridge is significant because it is small. The bridge is an excellent example of continuous truss design in the 1930s. Continuous through truss bridges were used in modest numbers for large river crossings starting around 1915. The Bridge Street Bridge is significant as an excellent example of this bridge type, as it retains excellent historic integrity. This bridge is also locally significant as one of the only continuous through truss bridges in western New York state.
This bridge is a magnificent and beautiful structure that is also in a beautiful setting, with gorgeous mountains rising up behind the structure. The relatively short towers form shallow curves on the bridge that are complimented by the shallow curves that accent the bottom of the portal and sway bracing, creating a visually pleasing structure. The bridge features built-up beams composing the members and chords of the truss, most of which feature v-lacing and lattice which add greatly to the geometric beauty of the bridge. It is truly a priceless treasure for the city of Corning. Fortunately, the city of Corning, who owns the bridge, appears to agree that this structure is not only beautiful, but can continue to be a functional vehicular crossing if properly maintain. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1999, and today continues to remain in excellent condition, with a "Good" superstructure rating and a 92.5% sufficiency rating... an excellent rating that is nearly unheard of with historic bridges! The city of Corning should consider erecting some interpretive signage near the bridge explaining the bridge's design and significance.
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