Historic Bridge Marketing Pages

One way in which historic bridges may be preserved is when a bridge slated for replacement is given to a new owner for relocation and restoration/rehabilitation. Similarly, abandoned bridges may be available for relocation and reuse. This is referred to a historic bridge marketing. Need a bridge for a bike path, nature trail, or golf course? Instead of spending money on a nondescript pre-fabricated truss bridge, consider instead reusing a historic bridge that will be a beautiful historic landmark, while also promoting the values of sustainability. Some states have made the bridges they are currently marketing available on a website. The links to those websites appear below.

Individually Listed Bridges

Minnesota: 190 Foot 1873 Bowstring Truss Bridge (Kern Bridge)

Key facts
• Listed on National Register of Historic Places
• Initial Crossing – Mankato/South Bend Ivywood Lane (Township Road 190) over Le Sueur River
• Type – only bowstring arch in Minnesota; made of wrought iron
• Year built – 1873 (one of Minnesota’s oldest bridges) for a cost of $8,652
• Length – 189 ft.; extant longest bowstring span in the United States
• Use – initially used for horse and buggy traffic; closed to pedestrians and vehicles early 1990s
• Removed the bridge from the failed limestone block abutments, carefully disassembled, catalogued, hauled and placed bridge components in storage containers.
• After removal the structure was carefully marked and disassembled into large pieces for future refurbishing and re-assembly

The bridge has been removed, carefully dismantled, loaded into sealed containers. New owners will be required to provide a 20-percent match toward the rehabilitation and relist the Kern Bridge on the National Register of Historic places following completion of the rehabilitation effort. Federal funds are available to cover 80 percent with a 20 percent state or local match. Preliminary estimates of the total cost are around $1.5 million. All FHWA/MnDOT rules and requirements must be followed.

Requirements: Must rehabilitate to historic standards (Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Projects). All FHWA/MnDOT rules and requirements must be followed.

Qualifications: Cities, counties and state agencies. Cities of less than 5,000 population must have county sponsor. Similar to ATP Transportation Alternatives, letter of intent followed by a formal application needed.

Letters of interest due by August 31, 2020.

For more information:
Download News Release and Information Packet
Visit Official Listing Webpage

Texas: Riveted Warren Pony Truss:

Bridge Information

Owner:                                 RPC Oak, LLC
Type:                                     Warren (with verticals) pony truss bridge
Length:                                 Approximately 70 feet
Width:                                  Approximately 10 feet
Year Built:                            1920
Builder:                                Kansas City Bridge Company
Current Location:             3310 Oakwell Court, San Antonio, TX

Narrative Description

The Oakwell Farms Truss Bridge was constructed in 1920 by Kansas City Bridge Company under county engineer R.A. Nichols and state highway engineer Rollen J. Windrow.  The bridge was a result of the Federal-Aid Road Act in 1916.

The Kansas City Bridge Company was a prolific bridge builder building thousands of bridges across the United States until 1940.  Bridges with this specific design are being lost at an alarming rate due to road widening and increased standards for weight on bridges.

RECIPIENT SHALL ACQUIRE THE BRIDGE ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, WITH ALL FAULTS. ROSEWOOD PROPERTY COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY “RPC”) MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY (EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED) WITH RESPECT TO: (A) THE NATURE, QUALITY OR CONDITION OF THE BRIDGE; (B) THE SUITABILITY OF THE BRIDGE FOR ANY AND ALL ACTIVITIES AND USES WHICH RECIPIENT MAY CONDUCT; (C) THE COMPLIANCE OF OR BY THE BRIDGE WITH ANY LAWS; (D) THE HABITABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE BRIDGE; (E) THE OPERATION OF THE BRIDGE; or (F) ANY OTHER MATTER WITH RESPECT TO THE BRIDGE.

Kay Adkins, Development Manager
2101 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX 75201
Direct: 214-849-9015
Cell: 214-632-9434
kadkins@rosewd.com

California: Pin-connected 160 foot Baltimore through truss, fully disassembled and ready to be shipped. Additional Information: This bridge is a rare pin-connected Baltimore highway truss. Known as the Ash Creek Bridge, the bridge originally crossed the Klamath River on Klamath River Road in Siskiyou County, California. The bridge was carefully dismantled and put in storage by Stewart Engineering Inc, who is offering this bridge for sale at a negotiable price (buyer also pays for trucking). Please click here to view photos of the bridge including its condition in storage. Please contact Joe Savage, Stewart Engineering Inc. Phone: 530-244-8464 and Email: jsavage@sebinc.net with any questions or interest regarding this bridge.

Bridge Marketing Websites By State

Note that states without an available link do not currently have a historic bridge marketing page. Please contact the DOT directly for inquiries on available bridges. A list of DOT websites is available here.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado – Information and Contacts Only
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan (Unofficial List of Potentially Available Abandoned Bridges)
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana – Information and Contacts Only
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee – Information and Contacts Only
Texas
          Denton County, Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Nationwide Listings of Unconfirmed But Potentially Available Bridges Only

United States Nationwide – Unconfirmed potentially available bridges on BridgeHunter.