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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2017, 11:05:39 PM »

Main Street over SR 598 in Hartford, CT opened to traffic in 1833. (SR 598 was constructed a "few years" later; the original crossing was over the Park River, which was capped by the SR 598 freeway in 1945. Another bit of trivia: SR 598 was briefly designated, but never signed, as Interstate 484.)

Edit: technically the bridge is over the state highway system, not on it... does that disqualify it?

Well... who maintains the bridge? If it's state-maintained I say it counts.

That raises another question: what dictates "on the state highway system"? Would a state route that is locally-maintained still be on the state highway system? If the answer to that is "no", New York's oldest is probably less than 100 years old.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2017, 12:34:56 PM »

NYSDOT Highway Data Services defines the "state highway system" as being all the signed touring routes (interstate, US, NY) regardless of jurisdiction plus the reference routes.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2017, 11:05:15 PM »

Not finding a convenient single list, but for Washington and Oregon perhaps the Interstate Bridge northbound half, built in 1917.

The Jose P. Rizal bridge in Seattle (over I-90 and Dearborn St) originally dates from 1911, with a portion rebuilt in 1968. This bridge is partly under Seattle DOT maintenance, and partly WSDOT's responsibility.

There is a small bridge on WA-125 near Prescott that dates to 1916 (according to bridgehunter.com).
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2017, 11:20:28 PM »

As for Oregon, there are many bridges on the Historic Columbia River Highway that date to 1914 and the bridge over the Sandy River in Troutdale dates to 1912.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2017, 02:16:58 PM »

I can't think of many older bridges still on the highway system in Virginia right off hand, I'm still doing some digging. For now I will say the US 360 Mayo Bridge in Richmond (1913)
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2017, 11:50:55 PM »

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2017, 12:26:23 PM »

A partial case in Rochester: NY 31 (Broad St.) over the Genesee River. The now-abandoned lower level was built in the 1830s as the Erie Canal aqueduct. After the canal was relocated from downtown, the upper level was built atop the aqueduct in 1927 to carry Broad Street.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Street_Bridge_%28Rochester,_New_York%29

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2017, 11:14:29 AM »

I thought for Connecticut that it would be the Bulkeley Bridge over the Connecticut River, between Hartford and East Hartford. It is the oldest one on the interstate system, carrying I-84/US 6/US 44.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2017, 11:28:39 AM »

I thought for Connecticut that it would be the Bulkeley Bridge over the Connecticut River, between Hartford and East Hartford. It is the oldest one on the interstate system, carrying I-84/US 6/US 44.
Right here.
http://uglybridges.com/1073327
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2017, 01:59:07 PM »

Not finding a convenient single list, but for Washington and Oregon perhaps the Interstate Bridge northbound half, built in 1917.

The Jose P. Rizal bridge in Seattle (over I-90 and Dearborn St) originally dates from 1911, with a portion rebuilt in 1968. This bridge is partly under Seattle DOT maintenance, and partly WSDOT's responsibility.

There is a small bridge on WA-125 near Prescott that dates to 1916 (according to bridgehunter.com).

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2017, 11:48:24 AM »

I can't think of many older bridges still on the highway system in Virginia right off hand, I'm still doing some digging. For now I will say the US 360 Mayo Bridge in Richmond (1913)
Virginia has the oldest bridge of any state by far.  US 11 uses the natural bridge.

Aerial:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6278076,-79.5448608,214a,35y,149.49h/data=!3m1!1e3

Street view (you don't realize what you're crossing due to the fences on either side):
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6279757,-79.5447565,3a,60y,196h,77.79t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soQjawKNoJ9A9iai4eKND8A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

From underneath:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6283526,-79.545227,3a,75y,185.54h,132.58t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipPoI9mkxTRth-1MgThOTFmbfz1t0BERzG1mQXL6!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPoI9mkxTRth-1MgThOTFmbfz1t0BERzG1mQXL6%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya34.572094-ro-0-fo100!7i5376!8i2688

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2017, 01:24:45 PM »

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2017, 01:43:20 PM »

I can't think of many older bridges still on the highway system in Virginia right off hand, I'm still doing some digging. For now I will say the US 360 Mayo Bridge in Richmond (1913)
Virginia has the oldest bridge of any state by far.  US 11 uses the natural bridge.

Aerial:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6278076,-79.5448608,214a,35y,149.49h/data=!3m1!1e3

Street view (you don't realize what you're crossing due to the fences on either side):
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6279757,-79.5447565,3a,60y,196h,77.79t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soQjawKNoJ9A9iai4eKND8A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

From underneath:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.6283526,-79.545227,3a,75y,185.54h,132.58t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipPoI9mkxTRth-1MgThOTFmbfz1t0BERzG1mQXL6!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPoI9mkxTRth-1MgThOTFmbfz1t0BERzG1mQXL6%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya34.572094-ro-0-fo100!7i5376!8i2688

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2017, 01:50:44 PM »

I can't believe I forgot about Natural Bridge... I was so focused on man-made that I overlooked this beauty
When I began reading this thread I thought of that bridge almost immediately.  I was quite surprised it hadn't been mentioned by a Virginia member.  Heck, I was hoping that I found a post from a VA resident to quote since I'm not one myself.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2017, 07:22:34 PM »

The apparent oldest bridges on the Louisiana state highway system are a pair of crossings of two minor streams on LA 3049 in Caddo Parish near Dixie and date from 1915:

http://uglybridges.com/1224613
http://uglybridges.com/1224614
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #40 on: August 22, 2017, 10:13:23 PM »

Oldest in my county (Will County, IL) is 1926 on US-6: http://bridgehunter.com/il/will/jackson-st/

Oldest on a state highway in Illinois seems to be the Jackson Park Lagoon Bridge on Lake Shore Drive (US-41), dating from 1895: http://bridgehunter.com/il/cook/16619526840/
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2017, 10:03:57 AM »

I was expecting US 70 over the St Francis River (1939), but the US 70 Cache River bridge predates by 9 years

There are several Concrete tee beam bridges built in the early 1930's that still serve.

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« Reply #42 on: October 02, 2017, 07:26:55 PM »

PQ-112 on Victoria Bridge who opened as a railroad bridge in 1859 with path for roads was added when it was reconfigurated in 1898.  PQ-175 on the old Quebec bridge opened in 1917 also a railroad bridge first with road path added a decade later.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #43 on: October 11, 2017, 10:00:29 PM »

The oldest on the state highway system in Maine that I'm aware of is the Cribstone Bridge carrying ME 24 between Orr's and Bailey Islands in Harpswell. Completed in 1928, this bridge was constructed using long granite slabs that allow the tides and currents to flow through the structure freely. There are definitely older bridges around Maine, but this is the oldest I'm aware of that's on a state highway.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #44 on: October 12, 2017, 09:35:11 AM »

It's probably this 800 year old bridge is on the A4095, albeit heavily reconstructed (rather than entirely rebuilt like, say, London Bridge in the 60s and the twelve times before that) in 1393 and again about 100 years later thanks to pitched battles at the site.
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #45 on: October 13, 2017, 04:21:29 PM »



This bridge was built in 1891, and it is the oldest bridge in the state, which has been confirmed by NCDOT.
It carries SR 1112 across the west fork of the Pigeon River.

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"Built in 1891, this bridge is North Carolina's oldest identified metal truss highway bridge and, indeed, the oldest dated bridge included in the inventory of the state's highway spans.

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« Reply #46 on: October 13, 2017, 04:53:04 PM »

With that in mind, uglybridges.com suggests the oldest bridge on the UT state highway system is on US 89 over Hobble Creek in Springville, built in 1913. But a quick GSV shows that there isn't even a bridge there.

Look more closely.  The creek doesn't just disappear on one side and reappear on the other.  The span is only 23 feet, and you can see where it goes under the highway here.
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« Reply #47 on: October 14, 2017, 01:06:07 AM »

Matthews Bridge in Jacksonville. 1953 it was opened, as many others have perished over time with roadway widenings and such.
The Main St Bridge (US 1/90) in downtown Jax was built in 1946

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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2017, 02:04:39 AM »

With that in mind, uglybridges.com suggests the oldest bridge on the UT state highway system is on US 89 over Hobble Creek in Springville, built in 1913. But a quick GSV shows that there isn't even a bridge there.

Look more closely.  The creek doesn't just disappear on one side and reappear on the other.  The span is only 23 feet, and you can see where it goes under the highway here.

At what point, though, does it stop being a bridge and start being a culvert?
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Re: Oldest bridge on your state highway system
« Reply #49 on: October 14, 2017, 09:52:30 AM »

That is definitely a culvert.
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