What To Do With A HB: The Fate Of The Sartell Bridge Open

Located over the Mississippi River in Sartell, one of the suburbs to the northwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota, the Sartell Bridge is one of those bridges, whose awkward location makes it impossible to photograph unless confronted by security guards. And with the adjacent paper mill now closed, the situation regarding the bridge’s fate is even…
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2013 Iron And Steel Preservation Conference

Historic bridge preservation can take on various form. While some bridges are sandblasted and repainted, some bridge parts are welded together to make them look like they were just recently built.  And as the need for welders for preservation projects are as high as ever, Vern Mesler and Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan are…
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Ghost Bridge To Come Down But Not Without A Fight.

The news of the massive demolition of the historic bridges has raised several eyebrows and are leading to questions as to how to better protect historic bridges from neglect and pointless demolition; especially as there is considerable interest in saving these structures. The Ghost Bridge, located over Cypress Creek on an abandoned road in Florence…
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Massacre Of Historic Bridges In The USA Underway?

At the beginning of this year, fellow pontist James Baughn predicted in his website, the Historic and Notable Bridges of the US, that there would be fewer demolitions for 2013, providing hope for many people wanting to save their historic bridges that are threatened with demolition and replacement. Perhaps this prediction should be retracted. While…
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Book Of The Month: The Bridges Of Madison County

Let’s start the very first Book of the Month for 2013 with a question for the forum: Can you name a book or literary piece that features a bridge (or bridges) serving as a centerpiece to an even bigger story? Speaking from a literary critic’s point of view, one of the most successful stories that…
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