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Worden Road Bridge

Worden Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Marc Scotti

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2010 and September 2, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Worden Road Over Sandy Creek
Rural: Jefferson County, New York: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: F. W. Sage of Rochester, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
68 Feet (20.7 Meters)
Structure Length
130 Feet (39.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.2 Feet (3.41 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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At quick glance, the two spans of this bridge might seem identical. However, look closely, and one span has slightly deeper trusses (and only four panels instead of five) and some slight differences in the composition of its truss members. The reason for these differences are unknown. The bridge sits on a substructure that was reconstructed in 1942. The bridge has lost its original railings, and some welded repairs were noted, but otherwise the trusses retain integrity of design.

In 2010, the posted weight limit for the bridge was 12 tons, and three years later it had dropped to 4 tons. Weight limits should never be used to determine the condition of a bridge. In some cases, bridges are posted for less weight than they can handle, due either to a desire to prolong the life of the bridge, or sometimes it is due to a lack of understanding about the particular design of the bridge. In other cases, a low weight limit might indicate deterioration, but how much and how extensive cannot be told from a weight limit. For example, if one tiny but important part of the bridge is deteriorated, that might be an easy fix, but until its fixed that little "controlling" element drags the whole bridge weight limit down. It is not known what the case is with this bridge. While the bridge is likely at risk for demolition and replacement, it could very well be feasible to rehabilitate to, an option that should be given priority given that this is a historic bridge.


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