Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

2015 Ammann Awards: The Winners

Amy Squitieri wins Lifetime Achievement; Gallatin County, Montana gets top honors in two categories, another accolade for Michigan’s Historic Bridges JENA, GERMANY-  Earth calling Amy Squitieri! Ms. Squitieri, there is a customer out in Montana, specifically in Gallatin County, who … Continue reading

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Hulton Bridge Brought Down by Explosives

Oakmont loses historic icon via implosion amid protests. PITTSBURGH/ OAKMONT- There are demolitions of historic buildings and bridges that are justified because of their derilect state and safety concerns. While options of rebuilding are viable, the removal of safety hazards … Continue reading

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Niagara Falls to be Shut Down for Bridge Replacement

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK- In 1969, Niagara Falls was shut down to look at the effects of erosion on the falls as well as the development of rocks at the bottom of the falls, which were impeding the flow of … Continue reading

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Rendsburg High Bridge’s Transport Ferry to be Dismantled

Unknown if and how the ferry can be repaired- damage substantial. UNESCO application threatened. RENDSBURG, GERMANY- A few years ago, I pulled an April Fools joke on the members of the historic bridge community by writing about the Rendsburg High … Continue reading

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2015 Ammann Award Nominations Part 2

Here are the rest of the ballots for this year’s awards. The Best Photo section can be found here.                   MYSTERY BRIDGE (4 Votes: 2 International and 2 USA): 53, 54, 55, … Continue reading

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2015 Amman Awards Voting Part 1

Finally, after a pair of significant delays due to events that have interrupted our lifestyles on both sides of the Big Atlantic, the time has come for the voting process for the 2015 Othmar H. Ammann Awards, powered by the … Continue reading

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Rig Downs Historic Highway Bridge in Arkansas

Semi-truck with skidder brings down 1920s through truss bridge that used to serve three major highways, no one injured. POTTER, ARKANSAS- Careless and ignorance seems to be the major theme involving historic bridges in the United States and elsewhere, as … Continue reading

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Ship rams transport ferry at Rendsburg High Bridge

Substantial Damage to the Ferry; Two people injured RENDSBURG, GERMANY-  A key crossing in Schleswig-Holstein spanning a key waterway between the Baltic and North Seas came to a standstill this morning, as a ship heading westward along the Baltic-North Sea … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Milan Bridge in Minnesota: A Bridge Unwanted

Sometimes it takes courage and sacrifice to get a photo of a jewel like this bridge. When visiting the Milan Bridge in Lac Que Parle County, Minnesota, in December 2010, I had the lovely experience of photographing this bridge in … Continue reading

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