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This is a regionally rare example of a highway deck truss. Given its relatively late construction date of 1961, it is not surprising that it features bolted connections instead of riveted connections. The built-up beams on the bridge are riveted however. The bridge is also noted for retaining its original standard design ornamental railings.
In 2012, this bridge was officially renamed the Constable Rick Hopkins Memorial Bridge in honor of this officer being shot in Mt. Forest in 1982.
2019 Update: This bridge has been altered with the replacement of the original ornamental railings with modern (ugly) parapet and tube railing as part of a rehabilitation project. While it is great to see the truss has been rehabilitated, it is disappointing that the original attractive railings were not retained.
Above: 2019 photo of bridge showing replacement railing and repainted truss. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.
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