2014 Ammann Awards for Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge

Cherry Street Bridge in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). One of the Candidates for Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge. Photo taken by Roger Deschner.

Here is a list of candidates and their summaries for the 2014 Ammann Awards in the category Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge. Each summary features work that was done on the bridge. This will be useful when you vote for your favorite candidate, which you can click on this link below:

Cherry Street Bridge in Toronto, Canada: This 1930 Strauss Bascule Bridge features a Warren bedstead through truss with riveted connections. The bridge was rehabilitated for two years between 2012 and this year and featured the replacement of the trunnion as well as some bridge parts and decking. More on this complicated task here.

Raven Rock Bridge in New Jersey. Photo taken by Nathan Holth

Raven Rock Bridge in Hunterdon County, New Jersey: Built in 1878 by a local bridge builder, this cast iron through truss bridge is also nominated for Bridge of the Year. The 130-foot long bridge was rehabilitated this year when it was disassembled, sandblasted and reassembled onto new abutments and received a new deck. Bridge looks like new, as seen in the article here.

Poughkeepsie Viaduct over the Hudson River in New York State. HABS/HAER


Poughkeepsie Viaduct in New York:  Spanning the Hudson River between New York Poughkeepsie and Highland this 1889 iron cantilever deck truss bridge once served a rail line until its closure in 1974. After being abandoned for over 30 years, it was restored for pedestrian traffic in 2009 and has become the longest and largest pedestrian bridge in the world. It became a poster boy for other examples for other long-span bridges to be restored. If this bridge wins here, it would be long overdue.

Waterford Truss Bridge near Farmington, MN Photo taken by Healy Construction and submitted by Julie Bowers

Waterford Bridge in Minnesota: Spanning the Cannon River near Northfield, this Camelback through truss bridge was one of the finest works of the Hennepin Bridge Company, owned by a family of bridge builders. Apart from the need to integrate it into the bike trail network, this is one of many key reasons why new abutments and wing walls were needed for the bridge, which was done earlier this year. You’ll find a photo of the bridge under the category of Best Photo.

Red Bridge in Kansas City. Photo taken in August 2011

Red Bridge in Kansas City, MO: Built in 1932, this bridge is unique because of its curved truss design, which is unusual for bridge construction. Once carrying US Hwy. 50 before it was realigned onto the new bridge (converting it to local traffic), this structure received new life for the third time this year when it was converted to a bike/pedestrian bridge, integrating it into a nearby park. That park now has a wonderful masterpiece with a lot of history to share.  More on this bridge can be found here.

Freedom Prime Bridge at its original location in Owen County, prior to its relocation. HABS HAER

Freedom Prime Bridge in Indiana:  Here’s a rarity one will never see again in this lifetime: A 300-foot Pennsylvania petit through truss bridge being relocated from Owen County to Delphi, restored on site and hoisted onto its new foundations: over a major highway. Someone must’ve read about the successes of Silverdale Bridge in Minnesota and found ways to make it happen here. Typical of Indiana but rare for a bridge this size:  Link: http://www.jconline.com/videos/news/local/indiana/2014/09/09/15348403/


Saline River Bridge at US Hwy. 183. Photo taken by Robert Elder

Saline River Bridge at US Hwy. 183 in Kansas: This 600 foot long, seven span open spandrel arch bridge was made obsolete by a newer crossing this year and but left in place, to be used as a bike trail. While more work is likely needed in the future, this step is the biggest and will garner more attention from tourists who want to visit and photograph the bridge in the future. Link: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/ellis/saline-183/

Devil’s Elbow Bridge before its much-needed rehabilitation. Photo by James Baughn











Devil’s Elbow Bridge in Missouri: Once part of the Mother Road, Route 66, this 1923 two-span through truss bridge underwent extensive repairs during the year, which includes new decking and truss parts so that it can be open to traffic again. This bridge is located in Pulaski County and an overview of the project, completed in May, can be found here:


Vischr’s Ferry Bridge in New York State. Photo taken by Marc Scotti

Vischer’s Ferry Bridge at Erie Canal in New York: Spanning the second Erie Canal, this Whipple Bowstring Arch Bridge was rehabilitated by rebuilding the abutments using limestone and replacing the decking. A rather simple task but one that will keep the pedestrian crossing in place for generations to come.

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