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Van Zandt Bridge

Potter Road Bridge

Van Zandt Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Potter Road Over South Fork Nooksack River
Location
Rural: Whatcom County, Washington: United States
Structure Type
Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Portland Bridge Company of Portland, Oregon and Engineer/Design: Carl McCoy

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1974
Main Span Length
10 Feet (3 Meters)
Structure Length
243 Feet (74 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.4 Feet (4.39 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
80743

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As of September 2014, this historic bridge is being replace and will be demolished!

This bridge is an attractive example of a riveted Parker through truss. It was designed by the county. The approach spans are not original and are 1974 replacements for original timber spans. The metal truss main span however is original and is largely unaltered from its original design. The main alteration noted was the additional of beams to the floor beams, and loss of original railings.

Despite its historic significance, this historic bridge was targeted for replacement in 2014. The new bridge appears to be on new alignment next to the historic bridge. Therefore it would be feasible to do the responsible thing and leave this historic bridge standing for pedestrian use and for its historic value. The truss is in good condition, and would be able to serve pedestrians for decades. Sadly however, historic bridges are often demolished even if they are not in the way of their replacement.

This bridge replaced a wooden Howe truss bridge. It is shown below.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
48.789110,-122.199310

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