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CSX - Mechums River Bridge


C & O Railroad Bridge

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Deck truss bridge over Mechums River and US 250 in Charlottesville
Albemarle County, Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1889, reinforced 1911; approach replaced 1948
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Deck truss
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 357.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.06165, -78.64868   (decimal degrees)
38°03'42" N, 78°38'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/706280/4215265 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
VA 599 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33546 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&O bridge book
  • March 31, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 3, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 24, 2013: Updated by Brent Tindall: Adjusted GPS coordinates



CSX - Mechums River Bridge
Posted April 17, 2021, by Alfred Kresse (water [dot] kresse [at] comcast [dot] net)

At some date they must of capped the masonry work (piers and abutments) with concrete. Did anyone find any VDOT plates for work around US 250?

CSX - Mechums River Bridge
Posted April 16, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thank you for giving this information. I figured this bridge was far older than what was listed. I will update this listing as appropriate. Very interesting stuff.

If you see any other listings from that bridge book on here, please feel free to comment. Itís always appreciated!

CSX - Mechums River Bridge
Posted April 16, 2021, by Alfred Kresse (water [dot] kresse [at] comcast [dot] net)

Bridge was built in 1889 and central reinforcement in 1911. New approach plate-girder in 1948. Source -- C&O Southern Region Bridge book C&O Historical society.

CSX - Mechums River Bridge
Posted March 31, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could 1932 be the rehabilitation date? It looks like a pair of riveted truss lines were added to the original pin connected deck truss. The original truss looks like it may date to the late 1890s.