A Tribute To Eric DeLony

A gifted person provides society with a gift to make it better. A person with unusual talents shapes society to benefit all.   For Eric DeLony, a person with a passion for historic bridges not only leads efforts to save them but teaches and encourages bridge lovers and historians to love them and follow his…
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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 with no options left are logical.  Then there are demolitions of these historic structures that…
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Greenfield Bridge Brought Down By Explosives

93-year old historic bridge in dire straits put out of its misery together with a falsework bridge beneath it. PITTSBURGH-  It was a posterboy of Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, touted as one of the worst in the country, but it was a classic example of a bridge whose life would have extended beyond a century, had the…
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The Wrong Picture

Over the holiday season, as I was celebrating with family and getting some photo opportunities of some bridges in Iowa and Minnesota, one of my fellow pontists brought this painting up to the attention of the historic bridge community. It was a sketch of low quality showing a tall suspension bridge, trying to go along…
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2014 Ammann Awards: The Long-Awaited Results

Before announcing the winners, the author would like to apologize for the delay of the announcement of the winners. The reasons were twofold: 1. While returning home to Germany after spending Christmas with family in the US, he and his family were sick thanks to the flu bug that swept through many parts of the…
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