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This is the westernmost bridge on McGilvray Road, and one of the two oldest. Of the five bowstring truss bridges on the road, this is the shortest of them all with a length of only 50 feet. As a result of this shorter length, it is also the only bowstring on the road that is composed of four panels instead of five. The four panel configuration places one of the vertical members in the exact center of the bridge, giving the top chord a somewhat less curved, and more pointed appearance than the other bowstring bridges. This bridge, prior to rehabilitation in the 1990s, had fallen down four feet at the west end due to abutment failure. This has been corrected and the bridge is once again structurally sound.
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