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Orphaned State Built Bridges
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:00:59 PM »

I don't know about all states, but at least in Washington, Oregon, and California, bridges that are (or were) maintained by the state usually have some sort of inventory number posted on them. When the road is decommissioned, realigned, or abandoned altogether, many times the bridge inventory stamp or tag remains on the bridge. What are some examples near you?

I know of several examples in Washington, here are some I have photographed...

This bridge is on Mukilteo Blvd between Mukilteo and Everett. It was SSH 1I until 1964, and part of SR 526 until 1969.

20180121_142328 by Cameron Frazer, on Flickr

20180121_142311 by Cameron Frazer, on Flickr

This bridge over Pilchuck Creek is on Old 99 just on the north side of I-5's exit 210 (northwest of Arlington). It was built in 1933 and served as part of US 99, then later as the southbound lanes of I-5 until the mid-1970's.

20180121_122648 by Cameron Frazer, on Flickr

20180121_122659 by Cameron Frazer, on Flickr


What other examples are out there?
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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 09:08:04 PM »

For what it's worth, over the past few months I have been working on a project compiling a database of all bridges in Washington State that were built by the state at one time, and later relinquished (or "orphaned").

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZFIcUG_slpglI7fEk34wGZ5bZVufOsHq&usp=sharing

It is a work in progress...
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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2018, 12:07:53 AM »

The 1941 Lanes Bridge over the San Joaquin River which is still state maintained despite no longer being part of CA 41:

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/10/1941-lanes-bridge-renovations-old.html

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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2018, 11:28:14 AM »

I'm taking a road trip around Washington State next month, and I hope to get pictures of many other relinquished bridges in the state.

Some examples include...

Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver (the alignment of SR 501 until 2001):
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6402952,-122.6880331,3a,15y,167.31h,66.38t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAtSfM2TntdmxJpUOM926vQ!2e0!5s20140901T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@45.6403724,-122.6861829,3a,15y,359.9h,79.19t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1snqhV4x62gX01q1bXbFgR7w!2e0!5s20140901T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Redmond Way over Sammamish River (SR 908 until 2010):
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6736939,-122.1318532,3a,15y,3.87h,70.67t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sSGtDhw4mSDEqCnm63FzSLg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DSGtDhw4mSDEqCnm63FzSLg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D43.152386%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

NE 85th St/ Central Way in Kirkland (SR 908 until 1992):
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6793724,-122.1903328,3a,15y,192.66h,74.78t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s22GbyPrafMkBYkFeVDfFHg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

W Meeker Street in Kent (an alignment of SR 516 until the mid 80's):
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.378387,-122.269118,3a,15y,120.1h,62.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-k3DEKQfFnAyhA-EQ_vhDg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

68th Ave S over Green River in Kent (SR 181 until 1992):
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3756854,-122.2473078,3a,15.4y,124.55h,62.2t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sw2PDcceiua3v45TcmXHm-A!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3Dw2PDcceiua3v45TcmXHm-A%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D176.84056%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2018, 04:20:30 PM »

Louisiana doesn't put tags/plaques on their bridges. In fact, all bridges have an inventory number spray painted on the inside of the bridge. Since DOTD inspects all bridges, whether they maintain it or the parish maintains it, almost all bridges have an inventory  number on it somewhere.
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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2018, 08:51:41 PM »

Old US 321 High Shoals Bridge, near High Shoals, NC


https://www.google.com/maps/@35.3969551,-81.2038429,3a,60y,2.84h,89.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOUb1tmf0Hk4OK8hnqnt2kw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656\


Here's a plaque photo from Bridgehunter:


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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2018, 09:58:01 PM »

These are both affixed to the older Connecticut River Bridge between Brattleboro, VT and Chesterfield, NH. The bigger plaque is in New Hampshire. The older, smaller and barely visible marker was a couple feet from the state line on the NH side. The Seabees Memorial Bridge, which presently carries VT/NH Route 9, is a few feet north of this bridge (picture with snow is looking east from VT into NH).

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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2018, 10:57:24 AM »




I don't have a close-up of the plaque, but the Galena Y Bridge is orphaned, but preserved.

Better photos over on Bridgehunter

Sadly, MODOT and ARDOT often remove the plaques when they abandon the bridges
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Re: Orphaned State Built Bridges
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 08:50:44 PM »

I don't believe this sort of thing happens here.  All bridges built by ConnDOT, whether or not they were built for a state road, are property of the State. This bridge here (https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8247785,-72.50297,3a,60y,78.15h,85.55t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sU5jVcrO1rDWgnlDv1GgNDg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) is one such example.  The state built this bridge when the exit was reconfigured and a rotary where the intersection in the foreground is was eliminated.  The road is maintained by the town, hence why the bridge hasn't been resurfaced but the road has.  There is a process for the state to sell real property (including roads/bridges) back to a town but I've never seen it done.
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