This bridge replaced the earlier Wabash bridge #307, which was an 82' long pile trestle bridge constructed 1881.
Great updates on the travails of the bridge, thanks James Norwood!
Work was completed recently. Bridge remains and damaged concrete sections have been fixed. Ironwork is now gone and everything is back to normal as of June 15, 2010.
West wingwall and abutment must have suffered some failure as temporary ironwork has been installed and concrete forms are in place. Lots of MOW equipment in town including cranes and track sections. I know they are replacing a "diamond", or railroad crossover, in town but I wonder if this bridge will remain when they are finished with it's own work currently progressing. Pictures will be posted soon when I can upload them.
I receiving a note stating that Maintenance of Way employee's of Norfolk Southern Railway were out looking at the bridge this past week. Last year, locals were complaining about the small cracks in the abutments that have become, in their opinion, ever larger. Local newspaper made mention that bridge was due for work within the next two years when that problem was reported. Perhaps a replacement is coming soon? I know this bridge has been hit many times by overheight trucks due to it's low clearance, so I wonder what kind of replacement we would have. We can't forget that Goose Creek travels underneath this bridge and the road as well, and the rail line is already on a steep incline that would prevent elevating the trackage here, so it could be interesting!