Rating:
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Gholson Bridge

Photos 

Gholson Bridge (Iron Bridge Rd over Meherrin River)

North Approach

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2008

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BH Photo #134190

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Meherrin River on Iron Bridge Road (Route 715)
Location
Brunswick County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1884
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
100' 7-panel south span;
86' 6-panel north span.
Both spans pin-connected, wrought iron Pratt through trusses.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 191.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 5, 1978
Also called
Iron Bridge Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.71667, -77.83167   (decimal degrees)
36°43'00" N, 77°49'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/247088/4067180 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Powellton
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
760
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78003010 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
VA 3767 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 7, 2018: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 5, 2018: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 29, 2018: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • November 4, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added design specifics
  • May 8, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • February 25, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Added NRHP record number and builder name

Sources 

  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • HAER VA-111 - Gholson Bridge, Spanning Meherrin River at VA State Route 715, Lawrenceville vicinity, Brunswick, VA
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Gholson Bridge
Posted April 4, 2015, by Jai B. Kim (jaikim [at] bucknell [dot] edu)

This historic bridge can be upgraded to carry 36 tons and can

be preserved to continue in service. This option can be

applied quickly and inexpensively.

Refer to FINAL REPORT A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HISTORIC BRIDGES IN VIRGINIA,Copyright 2001, the Virginia Dept of Transportation.

Gholson Bridge
Posted March 14, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Gholson Bridge
Posted February 29, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes...definitely better than mounting them on top of the builder's plaque!

...of course I still prefer them on a pole about 20-30 feet away from the bridge.

Gholson Bridge
Posted February 29, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its nice that they posted the clearance sign above the plaque. In Pennsylvania, the clearance sign would be mounted directly on top of the plaque, possibly with holes drilled right through the plaque for this purpose.

Gholson Bridge
Posted February 29, 2012, by Chambers Williams (gchambers3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. This is a nice bridge, still open to traffic but with a 3-ton weight limit. Still in pretty good condition for a bridge built in the horse-and-buggy days.

Gholson Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

yeah......I'm just picky........lol......and prefer it mounted on a post about 100 feet or so away!

Gholson Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This sign isn't that bad. They seem to have gone out of their way to provide poles to mount the clearance sign above the builder plaque. Normal practice is to mount the clearance sign right on top of the plaque so nobody can read it. At least that's how its done in Pennsylvania.

Gholson Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice bridge!

We need to add this one to the "I've got a better place for you to stick your sign!" category.

And interesting to note... from the time between the HAER photos and the ones Matthew took, the bridge shrunk 2 feet!