West Prestonsburg Rainbow Arch Bridge
Looking east from West Prestonsburg
Photo taken by Bob Davis on March 25, 2009
BH Photo #136397
Actually one of two in Prestonsburg. The other was known as the Town Branch Bridge and located at the south end of the city. It was closed in the 80's and replaced in the early 2000's. The more famous bridge (this one) was closed to vehicular traffic in 1979 and pedestrians in 2008. Good luck to the city in trying to fix this one. It almost looks too far gone to be saved.
Looks like a Marsh Arch on Steroids!
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.
The city council is looking into repairs to open the bridge to pedestrians.
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/
I concur with Tony. This is a most impressive bridge esp. for concrete.
Concrete bridges don't normally do much for me......but this one is impressive.
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.