This may not be the rarest or most significant of truss bridges, but it is a nice looking and unaltered representative example of a rivet-connected pony truss. Sadly, this was not enough to spare the bridge from demolition and replacement. The bridge is on a dead-end road which is an old state highway alignment.
The planned demolition and replacement of this bridge explains simultaneously why historic bridges are disappearing and also why you hear about "our nation's crumbling infrastructure" on the news. While lawmakers and the media would have you believe that there is a shortage of available money, the reality is there is plenty of money, but its being spent unwisely. Bridges are not being maintained, leading to costly replacement projects. Also, bridges like this one which don't need to be replaced are being replaced at high cost to taxpayers. Sadly, many of these needless replacements involve historic bridges, which is why this also explains the loss of historic bridges to some extent. This bridge in 2014 served only a couple houses on a dead-end road. It was in decent condition and had a 10 ton weight limit. The reasonable weight limit, use of the bridge by only a couple homes, and decent bridge condition all suggest that the bridge could have been repaired for lesser cost instead of being replaced.
One amusing aspect of this bridge is the Average Daily Traffic listing of 89. A pair of large college fraternity houses probably wouldn't put that much traffic on a bridge, let alone a couple rural homes, unless the homeowners are paid to drive back and forth over the bridge all day. This is also genuinely concerning, since it is unclear what effect an unrealistic ADT might have on decisions to spend money demolishing and replacing the bridge.
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