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IBC Photo Contest Review

Topic: Repurposed Bridges

The committee evaluates and rates each photo on a scale of 1 to 5, and sends the results to Kristina Emmerson where the scores are averaged. Committee members should abstain where they feel there is a conflict of interest or if a photo was submitted by the Committee memberā€™s company, organization or agency.

  • 1 not very impressive should not be considered
  • 2 some character but likely not worthy of consideration
  • 3 good adequate composition, pretty picture
  • 4 very good well composed subject matter
  • 5 excellent wonderful image, good contrast of light and shadows, extremely creative.

Members of the committee should review all submitted photos and submit their grading.

 

The score for each photo is BELOW the photo.

 

Please have your grades in by no later than Friday, April 16, 2021

For the photographs that you score a 4 or 5, feel free to provide a comment/quote in the box provided. The best comments/quotes will be used for advertisement purposes in the IBC Magazine.

 

 

Photo Contest Scoring

  • Please score according to scale:

    1 – not very impressive – should not be considered

    2 – some character but likely not worthy of consideration

    3 – good – adequate composition, pretty picture

    4-very good – well composed subject matter

    5 – excellent – wonderful image, good contrast of light

     

     

    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    1. CSX over Ellicott Creek As per Bridgehunter.com, subject Bridge (truss) was relocated to this current location from a NYWS&B crossing of a defunct section of the Erie Canal. The through-girder bridge in the foreground has been repurposed and carries a "Rails-to-Trails" bike path. Tonawanda, NY - CSX & Rails to Trails over Ellicott Creek 1918 (truss) and 2019

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    2. Big 4 Bridge Oil railroad bridge to pedestrian bridge Louisville, KY over Ohio River 6-7 years

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    3. Upper Uwchlan Trail System / Larkin's Bridge The original Larkin's Bridge was built in 1854 to span Marsh Creek beside Jesse Larkin's Gristmill. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the Bridge in 1972 as the Milford Mills vicinity was evacuated prior to the creation of Marsh Creek Lake and surrounding Marsh Creek State Park. The Bridge was moved a mile northward to serve as a pedestrian crossing between day camps in the new State Park. By the time Upper Uwchlan Township acquired Larkin's Bridge in 1998, the structure had significantly deteriorated. The developers of Byers Station - Toll Brothers, Orleans, and K. Hovnanian - dismantled and rebuilt the Bridge in its present location in 2006 as an enhancement of the Upper Uwchlan Trail System. Upper Uwchlan Trail System - Chester Springs, PA 1998 and 2006

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    4. Walkway over the Hudson Used to be train tracks Train Tracks 1886

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    7. Southford Falls St Park Covered bridge (Burr Truss) strengthened and retrofit to become a pedestrian trail Southford Falls St Park crossing Eigthmile Brook  

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    8. Walnut St Bridge (People's Bridge) - Harrisburg Originally built to break the toll monopoly in 1890, it was converted to a pedestrian and bike path in 1972. Spanning the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1972, 1996

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    9. CSX/Housatonic Railroad bridge Originally serving as a CSX rail bridge the bridge now served pedestrian and bike traffic as part of the Derby River Walk trail Spanning the Housatonic River connecting Derby and Shelton CT  

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    10. Humpback Bridge - Virginia's Oldest Covered Bridge Built in 1857, the bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in 1929. In the 1950s it was rehabilitated and opened as a pedestrian bridge. Spanning Dunlap Creek in Alleghany County, VA 1954

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    11. Manayunk Bridge S-shaped railroad bridge was transformed into the Manayunk Bridge Trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. This bridge crosses the Schuylkill River, Schuylkill Canal and the Schuylkill Expressway and connects Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, PA to the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2015

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    12. The Rail Park, Philadelphia, PA Old rail bridge transformed into a public park and green space. Crosses above Callowhill Street between 12th and 11th Streets in Philadelphia. 2018

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    13. Inwood Iron Bridge The 150' steel truss was removed from it's original location over the Swatara Creek; completely dismantled, moved to a fabrication shop for blasting, painting and steel repair work and then re-built in a park downstream from the original crossing. Jonestown, PA. The truss bridge exists now as a pedestrian viewing platform/monument in a park just downstream from the original crossing. 2020

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    14. Savage, MD/ Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge This 1869 iron bridge was used by the B&O RR and is the last remaining Bollman Truss Bridge in the world. In 1966 this was the 1st structure designated a Nat'l. Historic Civil Eng. Landmark by ASCE and is the 1st system entirely of iron in America; only 100 of these type were built. It has been repurposed as a pedestrian bridge. Located on the Savage Mill Trail over the Little Patuxent River this pedestrian crossing is leads to the historic Savage Mill in Savage, MD where it served as a cotton mill complex from 1822 to 1916. Savage Mill is now a complex of shops and restaurants. 2000

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    15. Great Allegheny Passage Bridge Trail Bridge Monongahela River  

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    16. Library Viaduct (Montour Trail) over Route 88 Repurposed Railroad Bridge Route 88  

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    17. Montour trail/ Library Viaduct Conversion of a railroad bridge to pedestrian trail and bike bridge. The bridge is located in South Park Allegheny County and crosses S.R. 0088, L.R.T and Piney Fork Creek. 2014

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    Bridge/Site Name Repurposed / Transformative Feature Location / Feature Crossed Repurposing Year
    18. Rivertown Bridge Repurposed Railroad Bridge McKeesport, Monongahela Bridge  

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