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Save The Haysytack Bridge


Save The Haysytack Bridge

  The haystack bridge shouldn't be replaced  because it a landmark.Smart is planning to replace a swingbridge that can still handle a loaded train.If it is to  be replaced it should be put in another place in one piece  so we can photograph this historic swing bridge.

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Comment by Emilio Galo on January 31, 2015 at 6:42am

Or, you could restore it to former glory.

Comment by Emilio Galo on November 8, 2013 at 7:10pm

What about the train route? You could also restore it to its original condition.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on November 6, 2013 at 9:20am

Heres the thing though. Even historical artifacts get old and unable to do their job safely and effectively. Now, making the bridge into a pedestrian bridge would be cool. 

Emilio, do you have the money to pay for it? 

If I have $5 in my pocket, I still have more money to spend than the NCRA. 

Comment by Emilio Galo on November 5, 2013 at 3:34pm

It would be lame if they replaced it with some other bridge. They could install it in Healsdburg where the old railroad bridge over the russian river is.

Comment by Bob Cleek on August 4, 2013 at 6:57pm

I can't imagine a museum having the resources to haul it and install  it for display.  In term of preservation as an historical artifact, I'd expect its highest and best use would be to install it on a tourist railroad somewhere such as down in Santa Cruz.

Comment by Jeff Thomas on August 4, 2013 at 4:45pm

From the Press Democrat article right after the Galveston bridge was purchased:

Parts of old swing could be used in other areas on the SMART line, primarily at creek crossings and to replace existing wooden trestles.

“We have a consultant looking at where it might fit and what opportunities we might have,” Gamlen said. “We would hate to spend money to dispose of it, and it is a historic element, we would like to keep it in the corridor.”

Comment by Bob Cleek on August 4, 2013 at 4:04pm

If it is moved to another location in Novato, that would probably have to be either Novato Creek or Black John Slough.  I'd be surprised if they did that, though.  The Haystack Bridge is somewhere around 100 years old at this point.  I doubt the steel in it has much more life left in it, especially for high speed traffic, but who knows?

Comment by Jeff Thomas on August 4, 2013 at 3:41pm

I believe SMART said it will be turned into a fixed bridge across one of the creeks in Novato

Comment by Bob Cleek on August 4, 2013 at 1:28pm

It does have to be replaced for a lot of reasons, not least of all because it is too slow in operation to accommodate the higher speed SMART units.  There is also an additional problem in that over time, necessary repairs to the abutments and pilings have narrowed the passage at that point and it has become a hazard to navigation.  In fact, there is a barge that was built ashore in Petaluma which now just sits on the stocks because, being upriver from the Haystack bridge, it cannot fit through the space between the bridge abutments after they drove piling to repair it.  Finally, were the swing bridge to be retained in place, the entire rail and highway right of ways would have to be reconfigured and I doubt there is anyplace to put the new bridge other than where the swing bridge is now.  The new bridge will be much larger than the swing bridge.  It was spanning the Galveston Channel and accommodated deep water cargo ships.  I'd expect it is probably at least twice the width of the present swing bridge.   I'd say take pictures while you can.  You can't have your cake and eat it too.  If it were moved, it's anybody's guess where else you'd put it and the cost would certainly be prohibitive.


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