|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Pine Street Bridge
||Pine Street Over West Branch Tioughnioga River||Homer: Cortland County, New York||Metal 5 Panel Pin-Connected Lenticular Pony Truss, Fixed||1878 By Builder/Contractor: Corrugated Metal Company of East Berlin, Connecticut (Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut)|
|Rehabilitation Date||Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|1988||72 Feet (21.9 Meters)||72 Feet (21.9 Meters)||10.8 Feet (3.3 Meters)||1||2207690|
This five panel bridge was likely built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, but the company was originally known also as the Corrugated Metal Company. Therefore, without a construction date known or a plaque remaining on the bridge it is difficult to know which name the company was using when this bridge was built.
Like any surviving lenticular truss bridge, this bridge is nationally significant as an extremely rare and important type of metal truss bridge. The design was known for its graceful and distinctive lens-like shape. The design was one that the Corrugated Metal Company patented and built in various places in the country, from New England to Texas. The company later became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut. Today lenticular truss bridges are distinguished as one of the rarest types of bridge in the country. Any remaining example is extremely significant and should be given high priority for preservation.
This bridge is one of an amazing trio of lenticular truss bridges in the village of Homer. It is truly impressive to see that all three of these bridges have been left alone all these years and not replaced. It is imperative that these bridges be preserved and cared for, since although each is extremely significant in its own right, to be able to have three different lenticular truss bridges within walking distance is a unique treasure that should be cherished by the village of Homer.
The Pine Street Bridge has recently been closed to vehicular traffic. Hopefully Homer recognizes the importance of these bridges and will move to restore the bridge, at least for continued pedestrian use. The Pine Street Bridge features the longest single span of the three lenticular truss bridges in Homer.
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