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CA 138 east of the CA 18 junction near the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line has an undulating section crossing gullies and the small ridges separating them; these effectively become fords during rainstorms (that area is prone to monsoon storms coming up from the Gulf of California).  During protracted storm periods the highway is often closed from CA 18 east to Phelan -- that stretch of road is "flash flood bait"!  There has been periodic talk of upgrading the route onto some sort of berm -- but projects on 138 -- particularly in San Bernardino County -- have been effectively put on hold until plans for the High Desert ("E-220") toll facility planned for several miles north are finalized. 

Additionally, hog trough bridges are also interesting. (Also found out of these via bridgehunter)

A quick google images search reveals how precarious these were. There were only ever a few of them to exist.

Does the Brookfield Floating Bridge (VT 65 over Sunset Lake in Brookfield VT) count?,-72.6050067,89m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x4cb4de61e0413355:0xe4e74d36cc8c84af!2sTunbridge,+VT!3b1!8m2!3d43.9198761!4d-72.4782827!3m4!1s0x4cb51be605ce852f:0xea2de48bba82cc86!8m2!3d44.042544!4d-72.6046997

Replaced a low water bridge in 2014.  I drove across the old bridge a few times in the past, one time when the water was almost up to the roadway.

Warren County - Route 613 (Indian Hollow Road) Bridge

The project is located on Route 613 (Indian Hollow Road) in Warren County, from Route 628 to .30 mile north of Route 628, in the Bentonville area.  Currently there is a low-water bridge over the South Fork Shenandoah River and to the north there is a small bridge across an abandoned channel.  There are no existing bicycle or pedestrian accommodations on these two crossings.

A $4,412,447 construction contract was awarded to Kanawha Stone Company, Inc. of Nitro, West Virginia in spring 2013.

Photos here including one of the old bridge --

I've driven across a few in West Virginia. One was near Moundsville and the secondary route just simply ended at the water. The water wasn't terribly swift or high and it was fairly simple (with some planning) to get through the ford with no problem. The secondary route began again on the other side.

The scariest ford was in Vermont. The water appeared shallow but was deeper than I thought. I drive a Subaru Outback, so when the water lapped up to the hood, I floored the Subie and pushed through, making it out to the other end with no problem.


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