The pin-connected Pratt truss bridge was the typical metal bridge of the late 1800s, and numerous such bridges were built during this period across the country. However, Washington State has very few examples. Bridges of this type are rapidly disappearing nationwide, so any surviving examples are significant, but the bridge is highly significant in the context of Washington State which has so few pin-connected highway truss bridges. Fortunately its high level of significance has been recognized and the bridge is currently preserved.
When compared to pin-connected Pratt through truss bridges elsewhere in the country, this bridge is traditionally composed, with no particularly unusual details for this bridge type. In the nationwide context of the bridge type, this is a late example of its type, and parts and design details had become more standardized. Washington State does not have highway truss bridges from the earlier period of experimentation in metal truss design, such as the 1880s.
This bridge has been comprehensively rehabilitated. In general, the rehabilitation is of good quality which represents a compromise between the need to provide load capacity for vehicular use, while maintaining the most important aspects of original material and design. A few alterations should be noted. Despite the availability of companies like Bach Steel who can do riveting, any rivets replaced on this bridge during rehabilitation were replaced with bolts. Also, an interesting approach to strengthening the top chord and end post was undertaken by bolting plate to the inside of the channels. Aside from the bolts on the side of the channel, this alteration does not adversely affect the visual appearance of the bridge. One source stated that the floorbeams had been replaced, however the floorbeams seen on the bridge today are American Standard Beams and have Carnegie brands on them indicating this source was incorrect. Original floor beams were retained on the bridge, which is nice to see. Original railings do not remain on the bridge, a problem pre-dating the most recent comprehensive rehabilitation.
The deck was replaced during rehabilitation.
An interesting feature of rehabilitation here is that stoplights were added to control the flow of one-lane traffic over the bridge. Its an unusual layout because of the intersection at the southwest end of the bridge, therefore the stoplight layout is designed to accommodate traffic coming from two locations at the southwest end.
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