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West Prestonsburg Bridge

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West Prestonsburg Rainbow Arch Bridge

Looking east from West Prestonsburg

Photo taken by Bob Davis on March 25, 2009

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BH Photo #136397

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Facts 

Overview
Concrete through arch bridge over Levista Fork on West Bridge Street in Prestonsburg
Location
Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1925 by Steel & Lebby Contracting Co.
Builder
- Steel & Lebby Bridge Co. of Knoxville, Tennessee
Design
Rainbow arch
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 18, 1989
Also called
Levista Fork Bridge to West Prestonsburg
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.67231, -82.77915   (decimal degrees)
37°40'20" N, 82°46'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/343096/4170947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Prestonsburg
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89000397 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42189 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • June 12, 2009: New photos from J.P.
  • April 2, 2009: Added by Bob Davis

Sources 

  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Mullins
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted September 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a Marsh Arch on Steroids!

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted September 22, 2017, by Mike Boyd (ammochief [at] aol [dot] com)

I agree with Tony and Wayne as well. I was surprised of all the references to it and as a visitor, just accidentally saw it as we were leaving. We had spent a lot of time looking for it. Then trying to find information on it after I got home was difficult.

I was told by a local contractor, there were only two of this type ever built in the US and this one is the only one still standing. Is this true?

Magnificent piece of history.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted February 15, 2016, by P. Smith (pasmith1967 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The city council is looking into repairs to open the bridge to pedestrians.

http://floydcountytimes.com/news/3241/council-hears-west-pre...

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted November 10, 2011, by Clark

Surprising that it is closed to all traffic, considering that the city of Prestonsburg features it prominently in the city seal and on signs and other adverting for the city. Check out the logo at http://www.prestonsburgky.org/

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I concur with Tony. This is a most impressive bridge esp. for concrete.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW!

Concrete bridges don't normally do much for me......but this one is impressive.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by kim

Is there any preservation/restoration scheduled for this bridge? I would love to see it become a working bridge, at the very least to foot and bicycle traffic.