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1. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Bridge: Constructed in the early 1960s, this is one of the only instances of a pipeline bridge constructed. Today, new lines are buried deep under the river.


2. Harrisburg Covered Bridge: Constructed in the mid 1800s, it was rebuilt in 1875 after a major flood washed it away. Subsequent renovations from the 1950s to the present have restored the covered span to its former glory.



3. Dover Covered Bridge: This was restored in 2000 and bypassed in 2005. It remains driveable to this day and is located near the historic Ohio River town of Augusta.


4. Blue Lick Springs Bridge: This former route of US 68 was bypassed in the 1960s by a more modern concrete and steel-girder bridge. This span was drivable until recently.

A view along old southbound U.S. Route 68.


5. Valley Pike Covered Bridge: Constructed in 1835, it is one of the oldest remaining covered spans in the state of Kentucky. It is also this state's shortest.


6. Ironton-Russell Bridge: This grand suspension bridge was constructed as the first highway bridge between Parkersburg and Cincinnati. It is slated for replacement.




7. Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge: Constructed in 1984 on top of the Greenup Locks and Dam, it connects three major highways across two states.


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It's virtually impossible to take a photo in Pittsburgh ("City of Bridges") without capturing a bridge.

Here's two bridges over the Monongahela River. In the forefront is the Hot Metal Bridge and in the background is the Birmingham Bridge.


Here's a number of bridges crossing the Allegheny River. In the forefront are the Three Sisters Bridges...followed by a rail bridge, Veteran's Bridge and the 16th St. Bridge


Ft. Pitt bridge crosses the Monongahela and connects Downtown to the Ft. Pitt Tunnel


Monongahela River bridges from front to back: Ft. Pitt, Smithfield, Handlbar (light rail), Liberty, 10th St.


LRT on the Handlebar Bridge


Ft. Duquesne Bridge


The West End Bridge in the distance is the first bridge that crosses the Ohio River


Birmingham Bridge


Hulton Bridge in nearby Oakmont will be replaced soon


RR Bridge crossing Allegheny


Bridge over I-279 in the city's North Side


West End Bridge


morning Monongahela


morning Allegheny


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The Cape Cod Canal Train Bridge - Wareham, MA. It is one of two or three left in (in the world?) that raise and lower for trains to cross and boats to pass beneath. I happened to catch it on a very cool afternoon in the down position.






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Here's the Arthur Ravenel Bridge connecting Charleston and Mt Pleasant, SC, crossing over the Cooper River before it flows into Charleston Harbor.


Here's the Superior Ave Bridge over the Cuyahoga River(on the right) in Cleveland, OH and on the left is an old draw bridge, that is usually always up, I don't think it is in use anymore.


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Zilwaukee Bridge in Saginaw, MI


Freeway: 8 lanes of I-75

Height: 150 feet at tallest point

Length 1.5 miles

Construction: Tensioned reinforced concrete

Built: Started in 1979 Stopped 1982 Rebuilt 1984 Opened 1987 Expected to close 2011



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"In Omaha, the under-construction Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa (will be the only pedestrian-only bridge connecting 2 states)"

The Purple People Bridge was restored a few years ago as a pedestrian-only span after being closed to automobile traffic. It was also a former streetcar and L&N crossing. It connects Kentucky and Ohio over the Ohio River.

Also in the works is to reconnect the Big Four Bridge with approaches. It connects Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana, but has no approach ramps. Preliminary work is beginning and construction could finally begin next year.

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Taken on 2007-08-17. Youngs High Bridge was the first cantaliver span constructed in the United States when it opened in 1876. It marked the beginning of scientific bridge building in the United States. The enormous crossing was designed by Charles Shaler Smith and constructed for the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. The original design called for a suspension span for the Lexington and Danville Railroad by John Roebling. In 1856, the huge stone towers were completed, however, all work stopped during the Civil War. In 1911, the bridge was replaced using the same foundations and did not require the stoppage of rail service. In 1929, the towers were removed to allow for the tracks to be twinned.

It is still the highest railroad span in the United States over a navigatable stream at 308 feet.


And of course, some idiot just today decides to climb all over it and dies in a fall.

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Young's High Bridge: Young's High Bridge is a former railroad cantilever bridge near Tyrone, Kentucky, and is remarkable for its extensive length and height above the Kentucky River Palisades.







Clays Ferry Bridge (Interstate 75, US 25, US 421)





U.S. Route 421 Bridge in Frankfort, KY.



Been getting up either extremely early for these, or staying until it's damn near black outside... Bring on the cold weather :)

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Some bridge I found crossing the opening to San Francisco Bay out in California...I can't seem to recall the name :P :


The Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian bridge crossing the Reedy River and overlooking the Upper Falls, in Greenville, South Carolina:


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Awesome thread! :) Eric... love that Golden Gate shot, and that pedestrian bridge over the Reedy in G'Ville is one awesome design. Love that shot as well.

Guess I'll throw in my own contributions.

Here's a shot of the Texas Street Bridge, more commonly referred to these days as the Neon Bridge, spanning the Red River to join the twin cities of Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana.




Here are a few more shots of the same bridge by day.






KCS (Kansas City Southern) Railway rotating bridge, also connecting Shreveport and Bossier City.


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The John T. Alsop "Main Street" bridge in downtown Jacksonville...

Its a crappy picture...


Looking across Friendship Fountian on the southbank of the river...


Center span up for a cruise ship...


Another shot (not mine)...


And my favorite (superbowl night 2005)...


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The Akashi-Kaikyo (Pearl) Bridge in Kobe, JP:



Not my pic, this is a public-domain image. Second pic was taken by Geofrog, and can be freely copied or reposted, with proper attribution (license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/" target=_blank">http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/). The center span is the world's longest suspension span, over a narrow stretch of the Inland Sea, forming part of the link between Honshū and Shikoku. Two of my favorite bridge pics.

The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston is very striking. Glad to see that pic.

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Caroll C. Cropper Bridge (Interstate 275)

The above URL has 5 archived photographs from the Kenton County Public Library.

See also --

Interstate 275 in Kentucky


Planning for a western Cincinnati-metro bridge over the Ohio River dates back to the 1950s, when travel to Indiana required Kentuckians to cross into Cincinnati and endure the congestion. [1] The project was envisioned by Boone County Judge Carroll Cropper and U. S. Rep. Earl Wilson of Indiana, stating that it would ease traffic on the Covington and Newport bridges by giving travelers a free flowing north to south option. Early plans showed a span linking Lawrenceburg, Indiana to a site in Boone County, Kentucky 1.5 miles east of Petersburg.

In April 1956 Congressman Wilson introduced a bill to create a Lawrenceburg Bridge Co. Wilson proposed financing bridge construction with a bond issue and then paying off the bonds with a toll. [1] Kentucky's U.S. Senators Earle C. Clements and Alben W. Barkley, and U.S. Representative Brent Spence pledged support for the proposal. Opponents, however, were not as excited, citing a potential drop in business for Covington, Newport and Cincinnati, and that a bridge in Boone County would compete with funds for a new Ohio River bridge in Covington.


^ Workers clean acid from the concrete on Kentucky side pier "D".

A congressional act authorizing the bridge was passed, but planning and financing languished. One survey in 1958 estimated the cost of the bridge project at $10 million. [1] In March 1968, bids were accepted for the construction of piers for the bridge. [3] In June, construction began with a $2.2 million contract was awarded to build the four main piers in the Ohio River. The piers would be anchored to steel pilings driven 58 feet into the river bedrock. Pier construction took one year.

An artist's rendering in the Kentucky Post on May 9, 1968 showed that the finished span would be 1,759 feet long and constructed in three spans. Completion was expected in 1970. [3]

By spring 1970, federal officials were ready to seek bids for the bridge approaches, and Kentucky transportation officials were also ready to let contracts out for construction of a four-lane roadway leading to the bridge. Indiana officials, however, were lagging triggering some to nickname the bridge the 'span to nowhere.' [3]

In November 1970 The Nashville Bridge Co. was awarded a $9.6 million contract to construct 11 dry-land piers for the approaches. [3] Eight of the piers would be on the Indiana side, and three on the Kentucky side. Excavation work for the land piers began in January 1971 but was slowed by some slippage. Pier work was completed by summer 1972, when work began on the steel floor beams of the bridge.

By May 1974, the bridge was complete except for the deck, but it was a bridge to nowhere. [3] Indiana officials were still in the process of awarding contracts for Interstate 275 pavement from the bridge to Lawrenceburg. Finally, on December 6, 1977, dedication ceremonies were scheduled. [2][3]


^ Although construction was completed on the span, it would not open for several years because Indiana had not yet constructed their portion of Interstate 275.


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