|April 2013 (38.31722 Degrees, -120.60194 Degrees) Ponderosa Way Bridge|
However, the previous two Ponderosa Way Bridges were pony trusses while today's bridge is a deck truss. For some reason, the usually reliable Bridgehunter calls it a pony truss and Uglybridges calls it a through truss! This is probably because no one has been willing to drive the severely rutted Ponderosa Way for two miles to see it. Once I got to the bridge site, I had to climb over lots of poison oak to get close enough to take a photo. The river is narrow and so heavily forested that I could only photograph the bridge through the brush. I assume you could drive across the bridge but I didn't try. The bridge has an operating rating of 27 tons and my Ford Pickup weighs 2.5 tons.
The Ponderosa Way Bridge (30F0002) is a two span Warren truss bridge that was built in 1935. The spans are 75 ft long and the bridge is 169 ft long so there are also short approaches (see photo below).
Calaveras County, California Bridges: Ponderosa Way Bridge across the North Fork of the Calaveras River by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
Drove across the bridge today (9/25/13). Bridge is still usable but Ponderosa Way is deteriorating rapidly so in another few years you probably won't be able to get to the bridge except maybe on foot.
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