Email: michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
Native West Virginian, born in Charleston and raised in Bridgeport, so I've been blessed being around some great bridges. In fact, I used to walk across a very historic bridge almost every day in the summer and didn't even realize it (http://bridgehunter.com/wv/harrison/bh44006/).
My earliest memory of a bridge, however, comes from my family trips from Bridgeport to Beckley, WV. At first, we would drive the brand new highway from I-79 all the way to Beckley, with one very glaring "hole" across the New River Gorge. We would drive all the way down to one side of the gorge, cross a very small & congested single lane truss bridge (http://bridgehunter.com/wv/fayette/fayette-station/) and then all the way back up the other side of the gorge. At the time, the New River Gorge Bridge (http://bridgehunter.com/wv/fayette/new-river/) was under construction and as most bridge geeks already know, being constructed of cor-ten steel. To a 6 year old who had seen his fair share of painted steel truss bridges when in Charleston, I thought this bridge was old, rusted and being torn down! The skeptical 5 year old in me didn't want to believe my dad that the bridge was supposed to be rusty! Anyway, I have been hooked ever since!
I graduated Class of 92 from Marshall University. Moved to Charlotte, NC in 1999 and then to Spartanburg, SC in 2002 where I've lived ever since. Huge fan of college football (GO HERD & GO GAMECOCKS!). The running joke with my wife is that if there's a show about bridges or dams, I'll watch it and she's right. I've always had interest in civil engineering, but I've never had the math aptitude.
Cane Creek Bridge
(Rutherford County, North Carolina)Concrete arch bridge over Cane Creek on US 64/US-74A/NC-9 Memorial Highway in Lake LureFebruary 10, 2017: New photo
(Page County, Virginia)Pratt deck arch truss bridge over Overall Run on former US 340November 4, 2016: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Status" and added "Description"
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over North Pacolet River on an old alignment of State Rd S-42-940September 29, 2016: New photo
Broad River Bridge
(Richland County, South Carolina)Concrete arch bridge over Broad River on US 176 in ColumbiaJuly 28, 2016: New photo
Eleventh Street Railroad Underpass
(Gaston County, North Carolina)Concrete stringer bridge over Eleventh Street on Norfolk Southern RailwayJuly 28, 2016: New Street View added
Thirteenth Street Underpass
(Gaston County, North Carolina)Concrete stringer bridge over NC-161 on Norfolk Southern RailwayJuly 28, 2016: New Street View added
Thirteenth Street Underpass
(Gaston County, North Carolina)Concrete stringer bridge over NC-161 on Norfolk Southern RailwayJuly 28, 2016: Added
Crown Hill Cemetery Bridge
(Marion County, Indiana)Closed-spandrel arch bridge over A driveway on 38th StApril 18, 2016: Photo imported
Tallulah Falls Bridge
(Rabun County, Georgia)Concrete arch bridge over Tallulah River on Old US 441 in Tallulah FallsNovember 13, 2015: New Street View added
West Fork River Bridge
(Lewis County, West Virginia)Concrete arch bridge over West Fork River on US 33 in WestonAugust 3, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
Little Kanawha River Bridge
(Gilmer County, West Virginia)Through truss bridge over Little Kanawha River on US 33 in GlenvilleAugust 3, 2015: Photo imported
(Kanawha County, West Virginia)Through truss bridge over Kanawha Blvd., Maccorkle Ave. (WV 61), railroad tracks, Kanawha River on Dickinson Street in CharlestonAugust 3, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates"
Elk River Bridge
(Kanawha County, West Virginia)Steel through arch bridge over Elk River on Us 60 EastAugust 3, 2015: Photo imported
(Newport County, Rhode Island)Suspension bridge over East Passage Narragansett Bay on RI 138 in NewportJuly 20, 2015: New photo
Hampton River Bridge
(Rockingham County, New Hampshire)Bascule bridge over Hampton River on NH 1A in HamptonJuly 20, 2015: New photos
New River Gorge Bridge
(Fayette County, West Virginia)Massive steel arch bridge over New River on US 19 east of FayetteJune 12, 2015: Photo imported
Stevens Creek Bridge
(McCormick County, South Carolina)Pony truss bridge over Stevens Creek on SC 23June 12, 2015: New photos
George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge
(Jefferson County, Kentucky)Cantilevered through truss bridge over Ohio River on US 31 between Louisville and JeffersonvilleOctober 27, 2014: New photo
Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge
(Horry County, South Carolina)Deck plate girder bridge over Waccamaw River, SCLRR, L-123 on US 501September 17, 2014: Photo imported
Intracoastal Waterway Bridge
(Horry County, South Carolina)Swing bridge over Intercoastal Waterway on S-26-616 in SocasteeSeptember 17, 2014: Photo imported
Long Branch Bridge
(York County, South Carolina)Deck arch bridge over Long Branch on S-46-705 (Park Road)August 19, 2014: Added
Clark Fork Bridge
(York County, South Carolina)Arch bridge over Clark Fork on Camp York RoadAugust 19, 2014: Added
John Seabrook Plantation Bridge
(Charleston County, South Carolina)Abandoned arch bridge over Branch of Wadmalaw River on Abandoned RoadAugust 18, 2014: Added
(Orange County, Florida)Truss bridge over Discovery River on Asia To DinoLand USA PathJune 30, 2014: Added
Boca Ciega Bay Bridge
(Pinellas County, Florida)Bridge over Boca Ciega Bay/John's Pass on FL 699June 30, 2014: Added
Bunches Bald Tunnel
(Jackson County, North Carolina)Tunnel on Blue Ridge ParkwayJune 16, 2014: New photo
Old Lake Summit Road Bridge
(Henderson County, North Carolina)Abandoned Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Lake Summit on Old Summit Lake RoadMay 8, 2014: New photos
Southern - Sandy Run Bridge
(Cleveland County, North Carolina)Deck truss bridge over Sandy Run on Southern RailwayApril 8, 2014: New photo
(Stephens County, Georgia)Bridge over North Fork Broad River on Norfolk Southern Railway, Greenville-Atlanta SubdivisionFebruary 20, 2014: New photos
NS - Coneross Creek Bridge
(Oconee County, South Carolina)Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Coneross Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway, Greenville-Atlanta SubdivisionFebruary 20, 2014: New photos
CSX Lake Greenwood Bridge
(Greenwood County, South Carolina)Through truss bridge over Lake Greenwood/Saluda River on CSX Railroad, (CSXT), Spartanburg SubdivisionFebruary 7, 2014: New photos
(Oconee County, South Carolina)Historic Railroad TunnelJanuary 23, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "Overview"
Little Creek Bridge
(Polk County, North Carolina)Stone arch bridge over Little Creek on NC 108January 16, 2014: Added
Old Rogers Bridge
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Abandoned warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over South Tyger River on Old Rogers Bridge RoadJanuary 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "Name" & Added "USGS Quadrangle Map"
Old Brazelmans Bridge
(Newberry County, South Carolina)Abandoned camelback through truss bridge over Enoree River on Old Brazelmans Bridge roadDecember 30, 2013: New photos
(Hart County, Georgia)Camelback through truss bridge over Savannah River on GA 181October 22, 2013: New photos
Shanklin Creek Bridge
(Abbeville County, South Carolina)Concrete tee beam bridge over Shanklin Creek on S-1-32, Old SC 72October 17, 2013: Added
Old Jones Ford Bridge
(Union County, South Carolina)Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Enoree River on Old State Road 44-22October 16, 2013: New photo
(Hart County, Georgia)Camelback through truss bridge over Savannah River on GA 181October 16, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Other Location" as middle span barely crosses state/county line
NS Lawsons Fork Bridge
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Deck arch bridge over Lawsons Fork on Norfolk Southern Railway, Greenville-Atlanta SubdivisionOctober 15, 2013: New photo
NS Lawsons Fork Bridge
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Deck arch bridge over Lawsons Fork on Norfolk Southern Railway, Greenville-Atlanta SubdivisionOctober 14, 2013: Added
CSX Lawsons Fork Bridge
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Deck truss bridge over Lawsons Fork on CSX Transportation, Blue Ridge SubdivisionOctober 14, 2013: Added
NS Woodburn Road Overpass
(Spartanburg County, South Carolina)Slab bridge over Woodburn Road on Railroad (NS)October 14, 2013: New photos
Gaffney T Bridge
(Cherokee County, South Carolina)Concrete tee beam bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway, Salisbury-Greenville Division on S-11-130October 14, 2013: Added
NRHP approved move to the city park in West Fork on June 6, 2016, so it will remain on the NRHP after the move is completed.
Very interesting bridge, considering. Not sure if I like it or not. Based on an older article I read, this bridge may be record setting for a delta, so that's why I added it.
I've seen pictures of the structure when it was nearing completion at http://www.asce.org/cemagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622325952#....
I remember crossing this beautiful single lane through truss bridge as a kid. When I crossed this bridge, I knew I was less than 5 minutes from my grandparent's house. I have tried and tried to find a picture of this bridge, but so far have failed.
Well, I got the pictures and confirmed what you guys speculated. It does appear to be a half-truss. The area was extremely difficult to get to, despite the short distance. The greenery was very thick. The area to the north was an industrial site where sand was being dredged for construction use, so that was off-limits. Couldn't see it from the road bridge upstream either. I was able to traverse the old railroad bed on the east side, but there were no good photo ops. All the pictures but one were from the west shore and short of me wading in the river, I did the best I could to get a profile shot. The pictures do not do this structure any justice and it was a much more impressive structure than I imagined. I will have to get back there after the leaves fall for better perspectives.
This bridge looks like I could easily get a picture, so I'm heading out there today to take some. Stay tuned and I will have them posted this afternoon.
I agree, it appears as if it was built as a pedestrian bridge. Also unusual is the fact that WVDOT maps show the bridge as CR 63/10, so it is maintained by the WVDOT.
Chuck Yeager famously flew a jet fighter at over 500 MPH under this bridge in 1948.
This is a coal tipple. Coal was carried by conveyor belt, across the road and then stored in the silo until it could be loaded into rail cars for transport to market.
I noticed that as well and I corrected.
Looks like there's a duplicate entry for this bridge as there's another one for the Shawnee Street Bridge. The GPS coordinates were almost exactly the same for both.
Sadly, I didn't make it in time to get a good pic of this bridge before they demolished it. I had no idea they were constructing a new one until I was already there. I took a picture of the construction, but didn't want to use it as the main picture for this bridge.
You're quite welcome! I loved this old tunnel and was fortunate enough to witness several of the smoke tests that were run there as part of the big dig project in Boston. To me, this tunnel reminds me of going to Myrtle Beach as a kid. After we went through the old tunnel, we would count how many times we crossed over Paint Creek before getting to Beckley!
To me, it looks like this was a temporary bridge used during construction of the new structure.
In response to Tom Hoffman's comment, I would imagine that the WVDOT will most likely build a new structure next to the current one, but it most likely won't be the same type. As an example, I submit the new I-64 bridge in Kanawha County between Dunbar & South Charleston. For several years, the old bridge was a 4-lane bottleneck between two 6-lane portions of the interstate. They first built a completely new bridge downstream from the older bridge for one-way 3-lane traffic and then rehabilitated the older structure reducing it from two-way 4-lane to one-way 3-lane structure.
I have tried and tried my hardest to get a good view of this bridge for a picture or two. The only way I'm going to get it without trespassing on CSXT property is to finally buy the kayak I've been wanting and kayak the Broad River. Maybe spring of 2014?
BTW, switch the map to satellite view & you can get a better view of the structure.