This Pic of the Week is a throwback to 2010 in the United States. Many bridge enthusiasts love to capture tunnel views of through truss bridges or simply any bridge that has a roof covering on top and a portal view that is splendid to see upon entering it and one can identify with after crossing it. That is why these designs are unique and are being kept around even though building them nowadays are becoming more expensive.
This is one example of a classic tunnel view. This was taken at the Cedar River Bridge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This bridge is a six-span Pratt through truss bridge with Howe lattice portal bracings and a plaque marking its completion date of 1898- 120 years ago this year. This duo-tracked bridge is owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Company and sees as many as a dozen trains a day crossing it. The bridge has been used and abused multiple ties, surviving the great floods of 1993 and 2008. Still it presents an example of how a bridge design is selected for the purpose of having a durable crossing that can survive the daily beatings by freight and passenger trains but also the extremities of Mother Nature. With its beauty and history, passers-by and locals will always remember this bridge and its identity to the city; even if the bridge one day retires from service and is reused as a pedestrian or recreational crossing- something it truely deserves. 🙂
Quick note: This was used as the first background photo for the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles website under the Fargo-based areavoices name. Launched in 2010, it was part of the areavoices family until its closing this year. Now it is independently operated, powered by wordpress.