This impressive vertical lift railroad bridge has been beautifully preserved
and converted for pedestrian use, and is a popular crossing now. The bridge is a
classic Waddel design vertical lift bridge and although it has no longer
operated for boats for decades, and the machinery house has been removed, a
number of gears and other mechanical elements remain such that the bridge
retains the ability to convey its design and function. The truss spans retain
excellent historic and structural integrity.
The bridge was erected on-site using Southern Pacific Railroad laborers;
there was no on-site general or erection company hired to build the bridge. The
steel trusses were shop fabricated by the American Bridge Company.
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