This is a large example of a plate girder bascule bridge and it is noted for its innovative machinery.
Information and Findings From North Carolina's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The C. Heide Trask Memorial Bridge is
technologically significant as an example of a simple trunnion, double
leaf, bascule bridge that used the innovative Hopkins-drive-system as
the common base for its operating machinery. The system allowed for the
pre-assembly of high-speed components in the shop and simplified
erection and alignment in the field, important advances for a movable
bridge type that required precise operations. The Trask Memorial Bridge
and the contemporary Graydon Paul Bridge (Carteret County Bridge 29) are
the only pre-1961, Hopkins-drive. bascule bridges in North Carolina.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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