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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #76 on: February 17, 2021, 10:13:39 PM »

Does this count?  Ice surface road from Yellowknife to Dettah, Northwest Territories:

More often called an "ice bridge" or "ice road". NWT has several of them. It used to have one crossing over Arctic Ocean waters, before that ice road was recently replaced with an all-season overland road.

The ice bridges generally cross over waters much too deep to ford. For Dettah, you can't make that crossing at all except in the winter, unless on a boat. Fortunately, there's an overland alternate route between Yellowknife and Dettah, though it's somewhat longer than the ice-bridge shortcut.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #77 on: February 18, 2021, 07:37:32 AM »

Why doesn't Google have an "Avoid Ice Bridges" option?   :-D
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #78 on: May 21, 2021, 09:34:10 PM »

Halcon Road over the Salinas River via a low water bridge near Atascadero:

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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #79 on: May 24, 2021, 03:58:50 AM »

Fords are relatively common in New Zealand, especially in rural areas

Here's some examples:

Wentworth Valley Road, near Whangamata

Grays Crossing Road, South Canterbury

Old Maratoto Road, Hikutaia

Victoria St, Thames

Victoria St, Thames (second ford)

Port Jackson Road, Coromandel Peninsula (there are at least two more similar fords on this road)

Kaueranga Valley Road (near Thames), and another example (there are also a some fords across the river used to access properties like these)

Manuka Street, Nelson - this one is in a built-up area
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #80 on: June 09, 2021, 04:47:33 PM »

Now that I live in the High Country of NC, that gives me a good opportunity to check out all the low water bridges here. Of the four I tried to check out today, only one wasn't on a private road, and that one was the New River Bridge on New River Bridge Road. In checking this bridge out I also clinched Ashe County, NC.

I'll be documenting this one on Bridgehunter as I don't think it's been covered there.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #81 on: June 13, 2021, 09:32:10 PM »

There are fords that were part of a Facebook discussion recently.  All in Botetourt County, Virginia, and involve crossing Craig Creek (this is more of a river than it is a creek), a tributary of the James River and thus in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

VA-613 (Slippery Ford Road) (not exactly a reassuring name) off of VA-615, Craig Creek Road  here.  Note the pedestrian bridge upstream from the location of the ford.

A short distance downstream is VA-705 (Reid Road), also runs off of VA-615 here.  Not at all clear if this is passable, given that the opposite side does not look to get much in the way of maintenance.  Reid Road apparently once crossed Craig Creek at another location that also appears to be abandoned here.  Note the presence of a footbridge just upstream here as well.

The next apparently abandoned ford is on VA-770 (Edilo Lane), also off of VA-615 here

Finally there is VA-817 (Old Rail Road), also off of VA-615, located here where there appears to be an abandoned bridge over Craig Creek.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #82 on: June 15, 2021, 03:37:05 PM »

There are fords that were part of a Facebook discussion recently.  All in Botetourt County, Virginia, and involve crossing Craig Creek (this is more of a river than it is a creek), a tributary of the James River and thus in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

That's such a fascinating area from a geological point of view.  Craig Creek and Sinking Creek at one time were both tributaries of the New River (part of the Mississippi basin), but are now tributaries of the James River (part of the Chesapeake Bay basin).  For Spruce Run, it is pretty good drop from Divide Ridge (elev 2245) down to the New River at Eggleston (elev 1700) over about 7 miles, but the drop from Divide Ridge through Newport (elev 1930) down to New Castle (elev 1350) is relatively level over about 30 miles.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #83 on: June 16, 2021, 02:08:17 PM »

Palo Duro Canyon southeast of Amarillo has a number of fords that look like this.
https://www.google.com/maps/@34.9650001,-101.6711933,3a,75y,344.67h,69.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sXRWKdd2DxPopTQ9RHGXtjQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
This is what is left of the Red River above the Cap Rock. One of my favorite areas.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #84 on: June 23, 2021, 03:54:07 PM »

There is a ford on Tabernacle Road at Deep Run in Whiteford, Maryland. My mom ignored the "BRIDGE OUT AHEAD" sign at the beginning of the road and we got stuck at the ford.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2021, 03:27:10 PM »

I recently did a trip with too many low-water crossings for me to count.

The warning sign at the beginning says "ROAD MAY FLOOD / NEXT 48 MILES".

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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #86 on: October 15, 2021, 12:46:24 PM »

In eastern Oklahoma one mile east of OK48 near Wapanucka:


N3690 Rd in Coal County crossing Walnut Branch while abandoned Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf bridge is overhead. The creek shows signs of frequently flowing over the bridge.
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #87 on: October 17, 2021, 04:18:27 AM »

In eastern Oklahoma one mile east of OK48 near Wapanucka:

N3690 Rd in Coal County crossing Walnut Branch while abandoned Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf bridge is overhead. The creek shows signs of frequently flowing over the bridge.

Do you mean 1 mile west of OK 48?
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #88 on: February 20, 2022, 05:31:58 PM »

Here's a small ford I came across in Abingdon, VA today:
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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #89 on: February 21, 2022, 12:43:21 PM »

Yeah, that is about the size of a Escort or Fiesta

Here's a small ford I came across in Abingdon, VA today:

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Re: Fords and Low Water Bridges
« Reply #90 on: February 24, 2022, 04:55:34 PM »

^^
Wow, lotta homes built on that floodplain.
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