BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 195

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CaZ16HiORr8/

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Paying attention to the historic bridges in Oklahoma, we’re going to take a look at an example of how a historic bridge can be salvaged and reused for other purposes. This photo was taken by Instagrammer mommafranz_fx (Mary) and was recently featured in Bridges of our World Instagram page. It is of one of the Route 66 bridges, spanning Bird Creek carrying west bound traffic. Featuring five spans which are different in width, but identical in truss configuration, they consist of (from north to south): two 5-panel Camelback Parker pony trusses; one 8-panel Pennsylvania “K” through truss, one 10-panel Pennsylvania “K” through truss, one 7-panel “K” truss, and one more 5-panel Camelback Parker pony truss.Each span have riveted-connections. A product of M.E. Gillioz of Monnet, Missouri, it had served traffic until 2011 when the bridge was replaced at the dismay of many locals and fans of the Historic Route 66. Fortunately, each of the spans were salvaged and this one can be found at Molly’s Landing- one of two. Two other through truss spans can be found on the opposite end of Bird Creek at Roger’s Landing and another span is located downstream. This is according to information from bridgehunter.com.

The bridge has a double meaning in this Pic of the Week. It represents a classic example of K-Trusses which were commonly used during the 1930s- 1960s. They were originally used for World War II before it was switched for use as regular vehicle crossing. A brief history of the K-Truss can be found here. It also represents an example of how Oklahoma is trying to save as many historic bridges as possible as the state has lost half of its bridges since 2000. Many of them feature K-trusses, especially the polygonal structures like the one at Molly’s Landing. OkDOT has some bridges available to be given away. To learn more about it, check out the information in the Chronicles’ Newsflyer article enclosed here. There are links that will take you to their website where you can download your forms for adopting a historic bridge.

We can only hope that there will be more like this bridge that can be saved and preserved like in this picture. Bridge tourism is becoming very popular as many people include historic bridges like this on their travel itinerary. Therefore we need to work together to ensure that these bridges are saved and reused for that purpose. After all, your bridge matters. 🙂 ❤

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