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Twin Bridge South

Twin Bridge South

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: August 25, 2009 and June 20, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
River Road Over Black River
Forestport: Oneida County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: Rochester Bridge and Construction Company of Rochester, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
69 Feet (21 Meters)
Structure Length
73 Feet (22.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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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.


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