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East Branch Owego Creek Bridge

East Branch Owego Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: July 28, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
NY-221 (Old Alignment) Over East Branch Owego Creek
Location
Rural: Cortland County, New York: United States
Structure Type
Metal Bowstring Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's cast iron connections, and lightweight design are indicative of a bridge that likely dates to the 1870s. Indeed, this bridge is extremely lightweight even by 1870s standards. It is so lightweight that it is hard to believe these trusses were load-bearing, yet they do appear to have been so. The deck is long-gone, and this long-abandoned bridge is twisted and warped, and at high risk for collapse. Yet the integrity of the design and materials remains, with the exception of the decorative finials at each corner of the bridge.

The bridge appears to have been some sort of bowstring-like bridge, likely the unique design of a particular bridge company. However, the company is currently unknown. Its age, unique design, and rarity make this bridge extremely significant.

Below is another similar bridge that no longer exists.

Above: 2001 photo of a similar bridge, courtesy Trish Kane, which is now demolished and used to be in Whitney Point, Broome County. This bridge retained all four finials as seen in this photo.

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