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This bridge is one of two separate bridges that are a short distance from each other and which carry River Road over channels of the Black River. The other bridge has a separate page here. They are locally called the Twin Bridges likely because they are of similar structural type, however this name does not do justice to the fact that each bridge was built by a different builder and has the unique details of its builder. The bridges are actually quite different to those who take the time to look.
Sadly, these two bridges will soon be more than worthy of the name "Twin Bridges" since the plan is to demolish and replace them with ugly, mundane modern bridges that look like so many bridges built today. It is sad that the local community apparently does not recognize the historic significance of these bridges. What is really ridiculous about this plan is the replacement bridge will not provide any additional traffic capacity since they will still be one-lane bridges. Because the federal government would not fund a plan to build a new one lane bridge, this project will be done with local funds. This has the unfortunate side effect of bypassing Section 106, so no consideration of possible alternatives to avoid the demolition of these historic bridges will be required. This is unfortunate because it is obvious that if only one lane bridges are needed, than these historic bridges could simply be rehabilitated for continued vehicular use. Furthermore, it should be noted that there is no need for this road and its bridges to provide for heavy truck traffic. A nearby state highway bridge is also a historic truss bridge, but is a newer, wider one that is capable of handling heavy trucks. Thus, a rehabilitation of these historic bridges would not need to make the bridges able to handle heavy loads.
This particular bridge was built by the Rochester Bridge and Construction Company. It is a traditionally composed example of its type, and is significant as a rare example of a bridge built by this builder.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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