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Oxbow Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: 2020

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kent Falls Road Over Saranac River
Location
Morrisonville: Clinton County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1898 By Builder/Contractor: Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1979
Main Span Length
178 Feet (54 Meters)
Structure Length
180 Feet (55 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
3335790

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced in 2020.

This bridge was one of the only surviving examples of a Pennsylvania truss bridge built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company. The company was known for lenticular truss bridges, so this bridge is a rare example of the company building other bridge types. Berlin thinking in design details was still apparant in this bridge in the pin connections, which included the company's typical use of cast iron pin caps and cast iron pin spacers inside. The bridge retained excellent historic integrity. It was closed to traffic in 1993.

In 2020 the county chose to demolish this bridge without any replacement. In other words, this highly significant bridge was sent to the scrapyard for no reason. The county claimed they were demolishing the bridge because people were jumping off the bridge and getting killed. However in the same claim they also admitted that natural cliffs in the area also had people jumping off them. So should the county flatten the entire landscape? Historic bridges like this exist all over thr country. Some are abandoned, some are preserved for pedestrian use. Yet they are not being demolished just because someone jumped off of them. There are other, more sensible ways to deal with such a problem. Obviously, since people are jumping off the cliffs, the bridge is not the sole problem. The atrocity of wiping one of the last non-lenticular Berlin Iron Bridge Company bridges in the country is not going to solve anything. All it will do is make the cliffs more popular. The county should not have taken its frustration out on this innocent bridge rather than confronting the greater problem of people performing unsafe activities in the area through more comprehensive means such as policing. Clinton County is home to a number of high and even nationally significant bridges that are closed to traffic. In particular, this poses grave concern for the future of the one-of-a-kind Upper Bridge

 

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