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Phoenix Bridge over Craig Creek



Phoenix Bridge

East Approach

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2008



Pratt through truss bridge over Craig Creek on Ball Park Road (Route 685)
Botetourt County, Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1887 by the Phoenix Bridge Co.; Erected here in 1903 by the C&O Railroad; Converted to auto use in 1963.
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Rail-to-road
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss with Phoenix Columns, 152'.
Riveted Warren deck truss approach span, 75'.
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 267.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1975
Also called
Phoenix Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.64906, -79.83105   (decimal degrees)
37°38'57" N, 79°49'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/603119/4167521 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eagle Rock
Inventory numbers
NRHP 75002015 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
VA 3496 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33622 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2013)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 40.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2011: New photos from Brian McKee
  • November 20, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added info from HAER documentation.
  • June 17, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • February 25, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • HAER VA-105 - Phoenix Bridge, Spanning Craig Creek at State Route 685, Eagle Rock vicinity, Botetourt, VA
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Phoenix Bridge over Craig Creek
Posted July 10, 2011, by Andrew (rosecitywanderer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Absolutely beautiful! If I'm ever in VA I'll go out of my way to see this bridge in person. Let's just hope some idiot in an over-loaded truck doesn't try to drive across it.

Phoenix Bridge over Craig Creek
Posted February 27, 2009, by Robert L. Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is definitely a great find - complete with Phoenix columns.

Phoenix Bridge over Craig Creek
Posted February 26, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Yes......According to information I found on a Virginia Historic Bridge web site(that has since disappeared), this was originally a railroad bridge. It is a truly magnificent span.


Phoenix Bridge over Craig Creek
Posted February 25, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

This is a beautiful bridge. Did it start out as a railroad bridge ? Judging by the photos of the underside it looks like it was converted to vehicle use .