This webpage and narrative you are currently viewing is for Bridge #2 on McGilvray Road. This page provides a discussion of McGilvray Road Bridge #2 specifically. Please also view the McGilvray Road Bridge #1 which includes a general overview discussions of McGilvray Road and the six bridges. It is on that page that you will find a detailed discussion of the details that make the bowstring bridges on this road so unique and significant. The below map shows McGilvray Road as it exists today. You can click on the name of a bridge to switch to a particular bridge's page.
Bridge Number 2 is one of the three two-span truss bridges on the road. With an overall length of 141 feet it is the longest of the six bridges on the trail, although the length of each span is not the longest, that record being held by Bridge Number 3 by a wide margin. With a construction date of 1908, Bridge Number 2 was the last of the bowstring truss bridges to be built on this road. Note: main span length given is an estimate based on measurements of Bridge Number 1. This bridge was documented by Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) as having a concrete jack-arch deck... which is presumed to have been the original deck. This has since been replaced with a wooden deck. The HAER photo to the right shows the bridge with its approach washed out, which provided a nice section view of the jack-arch deck. The HistoricBridges.org photo below shows the bridge today as you approach it from the east, where the bridge is seen as a treasure hidden at the end of a tunnel of trees.
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