Friday, July 27, 2007

Howard Bridge

Photo: 11/2004 rj
SFN 4231341

It's too late to save this one. It was quickly demolished 6/11/07. This iron Double Intersect Pratt Through (Whipple) bridge was built by the Columbia Bridge Works in 1872 on a now abandoned section of Route 35 over the Kokosing River in Knox county. The south span of this 2-span bridge was removed years ago. The center pier was damaged by recent spring floods and was in danger of collapse bringing the bridge with it. The Mt Vernon mayor proposed moving this bridge to Foundation Park to save it but failure to convince the city council to partially fund this project doomed these efforts. Removal consisted of dropping the bridge into the river and trashing the pieces. See video from the Mount Vernon News.