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Started by index, June 07, 2018, 02:00:58 PM

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oscar

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Quote from: ErmineNotyours on February 11, 2021, 07:16:07 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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Why doesn't Google have an "Avoid Ice Bridges" option?   :-D

Max Rockatansky

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

0 by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

kiwislark

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

index

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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.
Edit: Documented.


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cpzilliacus

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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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Quote from: cpzilliacus 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.

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.

hobsini2

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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epzik8

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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kphoger

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".

example, example
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rte66man

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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bugo

Quote from: rte66man 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.

Do you mean 1 mile west of OK 48?
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index

Here's a small ford I came across in Abingdon, VA today:
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SteveG1988

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

Quote from: index on February 20, 2022, 05:31:58 PM
Here's a small ford I came across in Abingdon, VA today:

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triplemultiplex

^^
Wow, lotta homes built on that floodplain.
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1995hoo

Quote from: 1995hoo on February 14, 2021, 08:33:29 AM
I'm sure I've mentioned this in another thread, but there's a ford (the Beaverdam Ford) on Jeb Stuart Road in Loudoun County, Virginia, but there's no Street View of it and I haven't found any good images online. I've never driven through it–the time I discovered there was a ford I was heading north on St. Louis Road (the only time to date I've used said road) and I saw the sign around the corner warning of a ford just a little too late. Meanwhile, there is no sign at the intersection on the nearby Snickersville Turnpike, a road I've used more often.

Ford location:
https://goo.gl/maps/sReNRK8JStrTtZM6A

Street View showing sign warning of ford ahead (you may have to pan the image since the link is from the Google Maps app):
https://goo.gl/maps/ZHq23WXGiPqkrzbdA


Edited to add–A Google search turned up an image this time: http://wikimapia.org/14763484/Beaverdam-Ford  Hard to tell how deep the water is in that particular image, so I don't know whether I'd drive through it in that situation in any of our current cars.

Bumping this thread to reply to my comment above because I discovered that Google Street View now has an image of the ford I mentioned, though there is no imagery of the Street View car driving through the ford nor of the road on the other side, which makes me suspect maybe the driver backed up and turned around. Can't tell from this image how deep it is or whether it's suitable for an ordinary sedan.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/nWKfJRtJCrMRb4Z87?g_st=ic
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epzik8

Quote from: index on February 20, 2022, 05:31:58 PM

This picture would actually be a selling point for me to buy a house on that street.
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lepidopteran

The only time I remember ever going through one was about 40 years ago, in Ohio.  I'm pretty sure it was Sand Run Metro Park in Akron.

Mr_Northside

Quote from: lepidopteran on April 14, 2024, 12:37:12 PMThe only time I remember ever going through one was about 40 years ago, in Ohio.  I'm pretty sure it was Sand Run Metro Park in Akron.

Oh wow....  I believe I've been over that once (technically twice - round trip) - also probably at least 35 years ago. We were visiting my aunt & uncle that lived in Fairlawn, and were going to dinner at some restaurant that had us drive thru a creek.  I was young enough that I barely remember it.  (And the trip back from the restaurant was also when I learned what a "DUI Checkpoint" is, as there was one set up around OH-18.)
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