Bridging The Gap

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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The bridge that carries Clarksburg Road over the south branch of the Eighteen-Mile Creek in Clarksburg, Erie County, NY, a few miles from the shores of Lake Erie, is actually a ‘through truss bridge’, an outdated form that persists in many places. This very short one-&-a-half-lane example was built in 1911 by the Owego Bridge Company of Owego, NY, an outfit whose bridges can be seen in many locations in Pennsylvania & New York State. This particular span was rehabbed in 1988, & has recently been painted this brilliant orange. Can’t miss it, so don’t hit it. Through truss bridges are unsafe in many settings, especially longer bridges carrying heavy loads, because if one part of the bridge fails, the rest is likely to topple. This was the case with the recent Skagit River Bridge debacle in Washington State.

Like this one, through truss bridges in rural settings are attractive & picturesque… this stout little orange fellow has the extra added attraction of the extremely choice Clarksburg Falls just upstream. The falls used to power the Clarksburg Mill, whose magnificent old dark red building now houses a kind of country club with a few tennis courts, picnic areas & other facilities for members. Nearly forty years ago, we lived in a beautiful old farmhouse in Clarksburg, within sound of the falls.

June 2013

Canon PowerShot A720 IS

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