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Wildcat Road Bridge

Wildcat Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 26, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wildcat Road Over Wildcat Gully
Location
Rural: Livingston County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1961
Main Span Length
87 Feet (26.52 Meters)
Structure Length
90 Feet (27.43 Meters)
Roadway Width
12.8 Feet (3.9 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
3316440

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This historic bridge was demolished and replaced 2011-2012!

This six panel bridge features an unusual bottom chord that angles upward at the last panel. Some other bridges have been found that have this design, but it is nevertheless uncommon. The lattice railings have an unusual detail as well, where the top of the bars that form the lattice extend beyond the angles to give it a slightly decorative appearance.

Perhaps this bridge's most memorable feature is its setting, where it is possible to climb down to the bottom of the gully and take beautiful photos looking up at the bridge.

The bridge appears to be a sturdy bridge, but a lack of care has resulted in this bridge receiving a condemning structural evaluation in the National Bridge Inventory. However, it is likely that a restoration project could correct any problems and put the bridge back in service likely for less than the cost of demolition and replacement. However, instead, this bridge was demolished and replaced. The lack of maintenance this bridge experienced prior to demolition, as well as the needless and costly demolition and replacement are both examples of typical practice in the United States and Canada. These practices waste taxpayer dollars and destroy beautiful bridges with heritage value that could have been preserved.

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