Many sources report that this bridge was built in 1873, however to say this is extremely misleading. A through truss with Phoenix columns was built here in 1873. In 1901, a completely new superstructure replaced the 1873 bridge. The original 1873 piers were reused to support this new bridge, and these piers are the only thing that survives from the 1873 bridge. As such, this should be considered a 1901 bridge that reused portions of a former bridge.
This bridge is a very long surviving example of a pin-connected truss bridge. It features 7 fixed spans and a swing span, which has not operated for boats for many decades. The bridge remains open to trains. The bridge was rehabilitated ca. 2000. During this rehabilitation a number of alterations took place. Much of the flooring system was replaced, and portions of the diagonal members, in particular the turnbuckles, were replaced.
Despite alteration, this bridge remains a significant example of its type, noteworthy for its length and use of pinned connections. The bridge also has an attractive portal bracing with decorative knee bracing and a portal cresting with the name International Bridge on it.
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