2015 Ammann Awards: The Author has some bridge stories to tell

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To start off this new year, there are some good news as well as some bad news. First the bad news: The deadline for entries for the 2015 Ammann Awards has been pushed back again for the last time. This time the 10th of January at 12:00am Central Standard Time (January 11th at 7:00am Central European Time) is the absolute deadline for all entries, including that for Best Photo, Lifetime Achievement and other categories. Reason for the delay is the low number of entries, much of that has to do with the weather disaster of biblical proportions in the United States and Great Britain, which has kept many away from the cameras and forced many to fill sandbags. The the voting process will proceed as planned with the winners being announced at the end of this month.

The good news: The author has enough candidates and stories to justify announcing his choices for 2015- the first to be announced before the actual Ammann Awards presentations but one that should keep the interest in historic bridges running sky high, especially before the main course. In other words, the author is serving his appetizers right now to keep the readers and candidates hungry for more bridge stuff. 😉

So here is our first appetizer: The Biggest Bonehead Story

Photo taken by Tony Dillon

USA:

Truck Destroys Gospel Street Bridge in Paoli, Indiana- Ever since Christmas Day, this story has been the hottest topic in the media, even breaking records of the number of post clicks on the Chronicles. A 23-year-old woman, who claimed to be Amish, drives a 30-ton truck full of drinking water across the 1880 Cleveland Bridge and Iron Company structure that was only able to carry 6 tons. Naturally, the bridge gave in, yet the excuses the driver brought up became more and more incredulable: 1. I just received my driver’s license, 2. I couldn’t turn around or find an alternative so I took the chance, and 3. (Most outrageous): I didn’t know how many pounds equaled six tons.

Yet the question remains, which was more incredulable: The incident or the consequence of the incident: a mere $135 fine for crossing the light-weight bridge, destroying it in the process?

International:

Viaduct Collapses in Sicily- 2015 was not a good year for bridges outside of the USA, for several key (historic) crossings have met their fate or are about to due to human error. A temporary pedestrian bridge in Johannesburg (South Africa) falls onto the motorway crushing two cars. A pedestrian suspension bridge in New Zealand breaks a cable, causing the decking to twist and send hikers into the water.  Fortunately, no casualties. Both incidents happened in October. The highest glass bridge in the world, located in China, is cracking even though the government says it is safe.

But this bridge collapse on the island of Sicily, which happened in January, was a scandal! The Scorciavacche Viaduct near Palermo was completed in December 2014, three months earlier than scheduled, only for it to collapse partially on January 5th, 10 days after its opening! While no one was hurt, the collapse sparked a political outcry as the multi-million Euro bridge was part of the 200 million Euro motorway project, and as a consequence, officials prompted an investigation into the cause of the bridge. The construction company, which claimed that the accident was caused by “substinence,” tried shooting down the accusations, claiming the accident was overexaggerated. Makes the reader wonder if they tried covering up a possible design flaw, combined with human error, which could have caused the collapse. If so, then they have the (now jailed) Captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to thank, for like the ship that has been towed away and scrapped, the bridge met the same fate. Lesson for the wise: More time means better results. Check your work before opening it to others.

 

 

Best Historic Bridge Find:

While the author stayed out of the US for all of 2015 and focused his interesting findings on European soil, other bridge colleagues have found some bridges that had been either considered gone or had never been heard of before. One of these colleagues from Minnesota happened to find one that is still standing! 🙂

 

USA:

Bridge L-1297 in Clearwater County, Minnesota-

According to records by the Minnesota Historical Society, the Schonemann Park Bridge, located south of Luverne in Rock County, is the only example of a Waddell kingpost truss bridge left standing in Minnesota. This 1912 bridge is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Bridge L-1297, which spans the Clearwater River near Gronvich in Clearwater, is the OTHER Waddell kingpost pony truss bridge that is still standing. Its markings matches exactly that of its Schonemann counterpart. Although there is no concrete evidence of when it was built and by whom, Pete Wilson, who found it by chance and addressed it to the Chronicles, mentioned that it was likely that it was built between 1905 and 1910 by the Hewett family, which built the bridge at Luverne. In either case, it is alive, standing albeit as a private crossing, and should be considered for the National Register. Does anybody else agree? 🙂

International:

The Bridges of Zeitz, Germany

It is rare to find a cluster of historic bridges that are seldomly mentioned in any history books or bridge inventory. During a bike tour through eastern Thuringia in March, I happened to find a treasure in the hills: A dozen historic bridges within a 10 km radius, half of which are in the city of 29,000 inhabitants, including the ornamental Moritzburg Pavillion Bridge located on the east end of town. Highly recommended the next time you pass through the area. These bridges will be profiled further in the coming year because of their aesthetic and historic value, which makes the town, resembling an East German bygone era, more attractive. Check them out! 🙂

 

Spectacular Disasters:

Flooding and Fires dominated the headlines as Mother Nature was not to kind to the areas affected, thus they were flooded, destroying historic bridges in the path. If there was no flooding, there were dry spells prompting fires that burned down everything touched. While there were several examples of historic bridges destroyed by nature, the author has chosen two that standout the most, namely because they were filmed, plus two runners-up in the international category. Fortunately for the bridge chosen in the US category, there is somewhat of a happy ending.

Photo by James MacCray

USA:

Full Throttle Saloon Fire-  Only a few weeks after celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Motorcycle Rally at the World’s largest saloon, the Full Throttle Saloon was destroyed by a massive fire on September 8th. Two of the historic bridges, relocated here to serve as overlook platforms and stages, were damaged by the blaze with the bridge decking being completely burned away. While the saloon was considered a total loss, bar owner Michael Ballard is planning on rebuilding the bar complex and has already lined up concert events including the upcoming Motorcycle Rally in August. More on how you can help rebuild here. Whether the bridges will be part of the plan is unclear, but given the effort to bring in the structure, it is likely that they will be kept and be part of the project as well. More on the project will follow, but things are really looking up for bikers and bridge lovers alike. 🙂

 

International:

300-year old arch bridge washed out by flooding-

While there was a three-way tie for spectacular natural disasters done to the historic bridges on the international front, this concrete arch bridge in Tadcaster in the UK stands out the most. The bridge collapsed on December 29th as floodwaters raged throughout much of the northern part of Great Britain. It was one of dozens of bridges that were either severely damaged or destroyed during the worst flooding on record. The saddest part was not the video on how the bridge fell apart bit by bit, but the bridge was over 300 years old. Demolition and replacement of the bridge is expected to commence at the earliest at the end of this year once the damages are assessed and the clean-up efforts are under way.

Runners-up:

Coach takes a swim under a culvert in Brazil:

Two runners-up in this category also have to do with bridge washouts due to flooding. One of them is this culvert wash-out in Brazil. A video submitted to the French magazine LeMonde shows what can happen if engineers choose a culvert over a replacement bridge, as this coach sank into the raging creek, went through the culvert and swam away! :-O Fortunately all the passengers evacuated prior to the disaster, however, it serves as a warning to all who wish to cut cost by choosing a culvert over a new bridge- you better know what you are getting into, especially after watching the video below.

 

Massive Panic as Bridge is washed out in India-

The other runner-up takes us to the city of Chennai in India, where flash flooding wreaked havoc throughout the city. At this bridge, the pier of a concrete bridge gave way as a large wave cut up the crossing in seconds! Massive panic occurred, as seen in the video seen below:

 

 

Dumbest Reason to destroy a historic bridge:

The final category for this year’s Author’s Choice Award goes to the people whose irrational decision-making triggered the (planned) destruction of historic bridges. This year’s candidates features two familiar names that are on the chopping block unless measures on a private scale are undertaken to stop the wrecking ball. One of the bridges is an iconic landmark that is only 53 years old.

Overview of the slue, approach and main spans of the BB Comer Bridge. Photo taken by David Kennamer
Overview of the slue, approach and main spans of the BB Comer Bridge. Photo taken by David Kennamer

USA:

BB Comer Bridge in Alabama- Three years of efforts to raise awareness to a vintage cantilever bridge went up in smoke on November 14th, when county officials not only rejected the notion for a referendum on saving the BB Comer Bridge in Scotsboro, but also turned down any calls for the matter to be brought up for all time to come. While the organization promoting the preservation of the bridge claimed that the city and Jackson County would not need to pay for the maintenance of the bridge, officials were not sold on the idea of having the bridge become a theme park, which would have been a win-win situation as far as producing funds for the tourism industry is concerned. Instead, behind closed doors, the contract was signed off to convert the 1930 bridge into scrap metal, giving into the value of the commodity. Talk about short-sightedness and wrist slitting there!

 

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International:

Fehmarn Bridge to come down- In an effort to push through the Migratory Freeway through Fehmarn Island and down the throats of opposing residents, the German Railways condemned the world’s first basket weave tied arch bridge, built in 1963 to connect the island with the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The official reason was too much rust and any rehabilitation would prolong the bridge’s life by only 20 years- highly disputable among the preservationists and civil engineers given the number of concrete examples of rehabilitated bridges lasting 50+ years. Yet many locals believe that the German Railways is pushing for the bridge to be removed in favor of its own railroad crossing that would carry Fernzüge from Hamburg to Copenhagen, eliminating the ferry service between Puttgarten and Rodby in Denmark. The fight however is far from over as the campaign to save the island and its cherished architectural work is being taken to the national level, most likely going as far as Brussles if necessary. In addition, lack of funding and support on the Danish side is delaying the tunnel project, threatening the entire motorway-bridge-tunnel project to derail. If this happens, then the next step is what to do with the Fehmarn Bridge in terms of prolonging its life. The bridge is in the running for Bridge of the Year for the 2015 Ammann Awards for the second year in a row, after finishing a distant second last year.

 

AND NOW THE VOTING PROCESS AND RESULTS OF THE 2015 AMMANN AWARDS, WHICH WILL BEGIN STARTING JANUARY 11th, AS SOON AS THE DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES PASSES. HURRY TO ENTER YOUR PHOTOS, BRIDGES, AND PERSONS DESERVING HONORS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!

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2015 Ammann Awards Underway/ New Website Relaunched

Bridge of Blue Miracle (Dt. Blaue Wunder Brücke) in Dresden, Germany. Photo taken in December 2011
Bridge of Blue Miracle (Dt. Blaue Wunder Brücke) in Dresden, Germany. Photo taken in December 2011

2015 marks a special year for the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles. Five years ago this month, together with sister column The Flensburg Files, the Chronicles was launched on the areavoices platform, operated by the Fargo-based InForum Communications. Over the years, the online column has expanded, winning support from hundreds of readers, preservationists and bridge-lovers alike, including those seeking help to preserve their beloved treasures of their communities.

NOW TAKING ENTRIES FOR THE 2015 AMMANN AWARDS

Again for the fifth time this year, the Chronicles is now collecting entries for the 2015 Ammann Awards. The Awards goes out to people who devoted their efforts into saving historic bridges, as well as historic bridges that are worth seeing, not just from the author’s point of view but also that of others.  Between now and December 1st, you can submit photos for Best Photo, mystery bridges for its own award as well as that for best preserved bridges, cities/regions with a high concentration of historic bridges for the Best Tour Guide, and people for Lifetime Achievement. More information you can find in the front header of the column or by clicking here. It includes the winners of the Awards in the previous years dating back to 2011.  Entries are due by December 1st, 2015 at 12:00am Central Standard Time (or December 2nd at 7:00am Berlin Time).

Voting will then proceed from there, which will be done directly through the Chronicles’ polling page. This was introduced as part of the launch of the Chroncles’ wordpress website page, earlier this year. More instructions to come once the entries are collected.

In addition to the traditional voting, voting will also take place to determine the top five places to visit historic and unique bridges as well as the top five bridges to visit, both on a national and international scale. This is in connection with the Chronicles’ fifth anniversary and it includes not only the bridges and places profiled here to date, but also those you have contributed. If you want to contribute to this part, please let Jason Smith at the Chronicles know. The e-mail address can be found in the header About the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles.

 

WEBSITE RELAUNCHED:

After a few months absence, the Chronicles’ wordpress website page has received a much-needed makeover, The reason behind this is due to the problems with the layout, combined with difficulties involving the font size and its contrast with the background color. To better get acquainted with the website and follow, click here.  The website version will focus more on bridge tours, mystery bridges, and themes involving historic bridges and preservation, whereas the areavoices site will focus on news stories involving historic bridges as well as interviews with people and literary profiles, scheduled to be relaunched next year.  Both will have coverage on the Ammann Awards, but the long-range plans is to use the areavoices site for US bridges and the wordpress site for international bridges. But for now, enjoy the new website and there are many ways to follow both for more coverage on historic bridges. 🙂

 

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Now Taking Entries for the 2014 Ammann Awards

 

2014 has been the year where instead of destroying historic bridges, governments and the private sectors have been working on saving them. Whether they are steel truss bridges, suspension bridges with stone towers, or covered bridges made of wood, the trend has grown from tearing down history to saving it. Every year, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles hosts the Othmar H. Ammann Awards, given to person and/or groups who took the extra time and spent the extra financial resources to save and reuse the historic bridges for future generations to use.

This year’s Ammann Awards is no different. Even though we have some honorable bridges to bring to light, including the Firth of Forth Bridge in England, the Fehmarn Bridge in Germany and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the US who are all entering their golden years- especially the third example as it was the last one built by Mr. Ammann himself, the Ammann Awards is given out to people and organizations who made a difference in preserving, photographing and presenting historic bridges for others to visit.  Between now and December 1st, the Chronicles is taking entries in the following categories:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

BEST PHOTO

BEST KEPT SECRET divided up into individual bridge and tour guide featuring multiple historic bridges in a city or district

MYSTERY BRIDGE

BEST PRESERVATION PRACTICE

and

BRIDGE OF THE YEAR

Entries are categorized into US and International.

More information on the guidelines can be found under the Page Othmar H. Ammann Awards or by clicking here.  If you have a person or bridge that deserves accolades on a national and international scale, please send your nominations to Jason Smith at the Chronicles. The address: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.

Deadline for all entries is December 1st. Afterwards, voting will commence throughout the month of December, ending on January 6th. Winners will be announced on January 7th. While ballots will be available in paper format, we will be doing the voting process a bit differently this year, to encourage more participation. More on that when the voting commences on December 3rd.  All photo entries must have a captioning on there and will be posted here in the Chronicles as well as on the Chronicles’ flickr page.  All mystery bridges mentioned as articles in the Chronicles as well as examples of preserved historic bridges are automatically entered in the contest.  If you have any questions regarding nominations, please contact the Chronicles to ensure that everything is clarified. The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles wishes everyone best of luck and we’re looking forward to your nominations. For more on the winners of the 2013 Ammann Awards, please click here, but note that there are two articles relating to the winners of the Awards.

Oakland Mills Bridge over the Skunk River at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Built in 1876. Photo taken in August 2011

German:  Haben Sie eine Brücke, die eine Anerkennung für die beste Restaurierung braucht? Oder kennen Sie jemand, der/die für mehrere Jahre Brücken restaurierte? Oder vielleicht haben Sie das beste Foto einer Brücke? Seit 2011 hat der Column The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles den “Othmar H. Ammann” Preis  für sechs Kategorien veranstaltet, unter anderem für das beste Foto, die beste restaurierte historische Brücke, die beste Stadt/Region mit mehreren historischen Brücken sowie die Brücke des Jahres. Falls Sie eine Brücke, die eine Anerkennung auf internationaler Ebene brauchen, bitte informieren Sie Jason Smith beim Bridgehunter’s Chronicles unter die Adresse: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.  Termin für alle Nominierungen ist der 1. Dezember und Sie werden ab 3. Dezember die Gelegenheit haben, ihre Lieblingskandidat online oder per Mail zu wählen. Die Gewinner werden am 7. Januar 2015 im Chronicles bekanntgegeben. Mehr Infos über den Preis klicken Sie hier. Da finden Sie die Gewinner des Preises vom 2013. 

Now taking articles and candidates for Bridge Tours and Best Example of Historic Bridge Preservation

Schonemann Park Bridge south of Luverne, MN. The state’s only Waddell pony truss bridge that has been a centerpiece of the park since 1990. Photo taken in August 2014

While the 2014 Othmar H. Ammann Awards are only a couple months away, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is already taking entries for two categories: The City Tour Award and Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge. The reasons are twofold:

1. 2014 has been a year of record number of historic bridges being restored in the United States, both in terms of covered bridges and bridges made of concrete and metal that are more than 50 years old- a reversal of the trend from 2013, where several key historic bridges were lost to demolition or severely damaged by overweight trucks and arson.

While some of the examples posted in the last half year can be seen on the Chronicles’ facebook and twitter pages, the Chronicles would like to look at how the bridges were restored and the efforts that were undertaken by the public to have their historic symbol of their communities restored. A page on Best Preservation Examples is already on the Chronicles’ page with an opportunity for you to contribute.

 

2. The City Tour category was introduced last year, being spun out from the Best Kept Secret Award and features cities and regions with a cluster of historic bridges that exist, ranging from villages, such as Bertram, Iowa, to parks like the Historic Bridge Park in Michigan, to cities, like Lubeck and Halle in Germany. This category was well received to a point where it will be introduced again this year, but will go even further. The Chronicles is featuring a page on Bridge Tours and Lost Bridges, where you have an opportunity to look at the bridges you can expect to see when visiting the regions. A handful of cities and regions have already been posted (you can click here), and we would like to expand it based on your contributions.

 

Here is your opportunity to contribute as a guest writer or interviewee for both categories.  If you either:

  1. Have a historic bridge that has recently been restored or is currently undergoing a rehabilitation process  or
  2. Know of a city, county/district or region that has more than four bridges that are more than 60 years of age and have some historical significance or
  3. Know of a region that was once populated with historic bridges but has now dwindled to one or two left,

Then provide a summary of 1-3 pages with information on the bridges or restoration project, as well as some photos of the bridges, to be sent to Jason Smith at the Chronicles at: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.

It will then be showcased on the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles for reader to look at and perhaps use either as a reference for their own bridge restoration projects or an incentive to visit these regions. The examples will automatically be nominated for this year’s Ammann Awards, where the people will vote on in December and the winners will be announced in January.

Entries for this year’s Ammann Awards are due 30 November. Those coming in after that date will automatically be nominated for the 2015 Ammann Awards.  The Chronicles will accept all entries in the United States, Canada, Europe and other regions for the Awards will be divided up into American and International categories.

Please ensure that each photo has a source so that it can be cited accordingly, either on the Chronicles page, the Chronicles’ flickr page or both.  You may be contacted for an interview by the Chronicles with regards to the restoration project or additional information about the submitted bridges in the region. Please ensure that the contact information is made available so that the interview can be conducted as soon as possible.  Announcements on the voting process will be made at the close of the submissions on 30 November.  Any questions or clarifications needed can be submitted to the Chronicles.

 

By presenting examples of restored historic bridges as well as regions with a high number of historic bridges, people will be able to take the opportunity to have a look at the various success stories of preserved historic bridges while at the same marvel at the historic bridges that are characteristic of the regions, thus encouraging more people to visit and learn more about historic bridges. The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of historic bridges and their contribution to the history of transportation, as well as ways to preserve them for generations to come.  The goal is to preserve the past in the present for people in the future to see and learn about them.

 

Important Announcement: Entries for the other categories- Best Bridge Photo, Bridge of the Year, Mystery Bridge, Lifetime Achievement, Best Kept Secret (individual bridge), and the Author’s Choice Awards will be taken starting October 1st. More information will follow, but those interested in nominating their bridge(s) may want to have them prepared for submission to the Chronicles beforehand.

 

2013 Ammann Awards: Voting Underway

Sternbrücke Elbe Crossing in Magdeburg, Germany- Photo taken in February 2011

 

 

Due to record entries, deadline extended to January 3rd with winners announced on January 7th

After tallying the entries for seven categories for this year’s 2013 Othmar H. Ammann Awards, voting officially commenced yesterday with the ballots being made available on James Baughn’s Bridgehunter Website. This is followed by the ballot being made available here through the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles, where you need to click on the words The Bridgehunter Ammann Awards, then again under attachment and you’ll have a ballot in PDF format.

Some changes to the format of the voting is as follows: 1. We had a record number of entries for this year’s awards, both for photos, as well as mystery bridges and best kept secret places. This is a very good sign, for the interest in historic bridges, both in the United States and Canada as well as in Europe is extremely high. We even have a record number of entries on the international scale where most of them originate from Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany, as well as in North Rhine-Westphalia. Many thanks to those who submitted their entries and may the best candidate win, both in the US as well as elsewhere.

With this high number of entries, this means more time to read more about the candidates before voting. Therefore before voting, click on the links and read about them before voting. In exchange, ther deadline has been pushed back a couple weeks to ensure that everyone who wants to vote can. Instead of December 23rd, the deadline to submit all completed ballots is January 3rd. They will then be tallied, with the winners being announced on January 7th.  One might consider this the Bridge Bowl, like in all the college football bowl games that occur in January, like the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, but for courtesy sake, shotgun voting is not the best preferred option with all the nominations out there. 😉

The ballots are both in English as well as in German, yet if there are any questions or other concerns before voting, please feel free to contact Jason D. Smith at the Chronicles, using the e-mail info in the ballot. The Chronicles would like to wish all of you happy voting as well as a joyous holiday season. Looking forward to your voting results.

Click below for the ballot:

The Bridgehunter Ammann Awards

2013 Othmar H. Ammann Awards- Nominations

Charles City Suspension Bridge spanning the Cedar River in Charles City, Iowa. Built in 1896, destroyed in the 2008 Floods, later replaced. Photo taken in December 2007

New Categories Introduced. Nominations being accepted between now and December 1st

Time sure is flying when you are having fun. Already 2013 is on its last two legs, with October being over with next week and thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas looming on our minds. We’re already wrapping up what was a rather interesting year as far as bridges are concerned, and with that, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles will have its third annual Othmar H. Ammann Awards, scheduled to be given out in December.  Between now and December 1st at 12:00am  Central Standard Time, you will have a chance to nominate your favorite bridge photo, and/or bridges for the categories of  Best Photo, Best Kept Secret, Mystery Bridge and Bridge of the Year. This is in addition to the Lifetime Legacy Award given to the person who devoted his/her time and energy to saving historic bridges.

However, a new category has been introduced for the Ammann Awards, which is for Best Bridge Preservation Practice. This will be awarded to a group for their successful efforts in preserving a historic bridge for future purposes, be it for a bike trail, a monument or even for reuse on the highway.

As usual, nominations will be for bridges in the US as well as those on the international scale. However, when voting takes place in December, the Ammann Awards will be divided up into three strands, featuring US bridges, European and International Bridges and Overall. The voting scheme will also be changed for this year’s Awards, but that will be mentioned once the nominations close on December 1st.

Send your nominations to Jason Smith at the Chronicles using the following e-mail address: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com. You can also use the messenger on facebook or LinkedIn to submit your entries. Please note however that all photos must be submitted in JPEG.

Information on the Ammann Awards as well as the winners of the 2011 and 2012 Awards can be seen here, as well as on the header of the Chronicles’ front page.  Hope to see a lot of entries for this year’s Ammann Awards.  Happy Bridgehunting and Adieu. 🙂

 

2012 Othmar H. Ammann Awards: Now taking entries

Tunnel view of the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri (USA) Photo taken in August 2011

With all the excitement we have seen with historic bridges this year, including those that  were saved thanks to efforts from the community, those photographed by amateurs and profis because of a vantage point they could not resist, but on the flip side, those that were destroyed by natural force or man-made carelessness, we have come to the month of November, which is National Historic Bridge Month. And with that, for the second year in a row, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is hosting the 2012 Othman H. Ammann Awards. Between now and the 30th of November, the author will be collecting nominations of bridges and the people who have worked hard at saving them, based on the following categories:

The Lifetime Legacy Award- to a person or group of people who devoted their lives towards saving historic bridges and bringing them to the attention of the public

The Best Snapshot Award- to the person who has provided bridgehunters and preservationists with an awesome pic of a historic bridge in the United States, Europe and elsewhere

and

The Best Kept Secret Award- to a bridge or a cluster of bridges in a region in the US and elsewhere, where little attention has been paid to by the media, but in the eyes of the bridge lover, deserves to be recognized on the international scale.

We we will also add two new categories for the Ammann Awards, which are the following:

The Bridge of the Year Award: This is perhaps the grandest of all awards, as nominations are being accepted for this prize. To qualify, the bridge must represent a pristine example of a historic bridge that was preserved and marketed to the public. This also includes a bridge that was damaged by unknown factors but was salvaged and rebuilt to accomodate people. As a general rule for this nomination, uniqueness in saving and preserving the bridge is key.

The Mystery Bridge Award: The Mystery Bridge Award will be given out to a bridge that was discovered but has little to no information on it (except that it deserves attention from the readers). The Award is not only for bridges profiled on the Chronicles page but also those that have not been profiled yet, but deserve the recognition. Note: For the bridge that has not been profiled but nominated for this award, it will be profiled on the Chronicles page prior to the announcement of the winner.

If you have some historic bridges and/or people that deserve the 2012 Ammann Awards for any of the categories, please send your entries via e-mail to Jason D. Smith at the Chronicles at flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com or JDSmith77@gmx.net by no later than 30 November, 2012 at 12:00 am Central Standard Time. For international entries, you have until 1 December, 2012 at 12:00pm Central European (Berlin) Time to submit your entries. Please make sure that the photos you send for any of the awards, including the Best Snapshot Award are in JPEG format to make posting them easier.

The author will also take entries for the Best Bridge Pics, for the categories of Best Example of Historic Bridge Reuse, Worst Example of Historic Bridge Reuse, Best Find of a Historic Bridge, Biggest Bonehead Story and the Worst Example to Destroy a Historic Bridge. If you know of any bridge in the US or Europe that deserves this type of recognition, please submit your entries (including photos if you have them) to Jason D. Smith at the Chronicles by no later than 1 December at 12:00pm Central European Time.

Once the entries are collected, a voting process will take place at the beginning of December with the winners being announced on 23 December, 2012. To view the winners of the 2011 Ammann Award please click on the link below. More information on the Ammann Awards are available on the page bar of the Chronicles.  Bridges that won last year’s awards are not eligible to enter again.

2011 Ammann Award Winners

The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is an online column that focuses on the success of historic bridge preservation to encourage people to visit them and learn about these unique structures and its connection with history. Wishing you the best of luck in finding the best bridge that deserves the recognition it needs.