Looking at the map, I don't see the railroad.
In the last photo, looks like the bridge was built between 1900 and 1910 by American Bridge Company.
This page is a duplicate of http://bridgehunter.com/va/cumberland/5741/
It looks like this bridge is no longer operating.
It looks like this bridge is no longer operating.
L3v3l one is ground level. The other crossing levels are above it.
This bridge no longer operates, but the original bridge is now shown as a pedestrian bridge.
What clueless person let that number become official?
Being as it's on Route 666, you'll likely burn in HELL if you cross it!
Topos as far back as 1950 have the current Norfolk & Western alignment, but back in 1892 this was the original railroad.
The narrowness suggests RR to me.
Is it possible this was an old rail bridge? The span looks pretty light but the abutments scream Railroad? Any RR guru have old track line maps around here?
Hello, just wondering if anyone knows the height of this bridge as its crosses the river.
Well, never mind the rehab and reopening... as of late last year VDOT claimed that the restoration work needed was far more extensive than thought, so it appears by photos that they thew up a new concrete eyesore in its place. The historic bridge is supposed to have been preserved elsewhere but I can't find an article that confirms if this actually happened.
Can anyone build this today.
It said on the future projects of this drawbridge, the original bridge will be relocated.
This drawbridge is newer than the previous swing now long gone. This must be the only drawbridge in the Delmarva Peninsula version of Virginia.
This rare taper vertical pony truss has been reduced to scrap metal.
Suggested correction: Williams Viaduct connected at 7th Street.
FYI... the bridge it replaced connected at 9th Street. The bridge that replaced the Williams Viaduct connects at 5th Street.
Trusses look good, underneath (Pics 30-33)... Not so much.
Looks like heavy salt damage to me.
Nobody Lakes like Gaston
I am the Great Great Granddaughter of the Doyle who built the Twin-Big Tunnels,as well as the Great Granddaughter of John Wesley Doyle who was the first Engineer through the tunnels.
I am requesting more information as to how to see these tunnels first hand and any historical information about the tunnels.
Other visitors information about food, lodging, and other points of interest would be helpful as well.
Thank You for your help.
Debbie Jo Doyle Mason
Still open for regular traffic with plans of new bridge constructed in 2019
What a darn shame this couldn't have been preserved as it was a really neat looking multi- span historical bridge. We have lost far too many of these.
Visited the bridge on April 4, 2017. Nicely viewed from the suspended pedestrian walk-bridge under the modern Robert E. Lee bridge. Multiple abandoned piers, a couple of which have foundations that are damaged and being undermined and will eventually crumble. Only one span still standing adjacent to Belle Island shore. No decking on bridge.
Nice photos. The only one I got was part of a train coming out of it 20 some odd years ago.
This bridge has started to fall. I took this photo sometime around October 2016.
Bridge has been demolished for a replacement as of November 2016
Thought I'd nailed down which was which with portal details...
You're right, the right PE and "contractor" are key. I've a friend I've done some preservation work with in the Roanoke area, he's done some structural work on one of the Woolwine examples, I'll make sure he's aware of this development.
This was a replacement with a modern truss... Not a rehabilitation, unfortunately!
It's not a Howe truss. Sort of a Kingpost pony hybrid... AKA "Mongrel" of some kind.
Looking at the foundations and the low trusses, I'm almost certain that this is the bridge that was blown down in the windstorm. And really it appears that only the "Lid"... siding and roof were blown off of the trusses. While there has been some damage to them the trusses appear to be mostly intact. I believe the other Sinking Creek spans have vertical beams that extend up to the roofline, while this one does not. The siding and roof on this bridge likely were not original, and not historic. If they get the right engineer and contractor (Will?) I believe it can be restored.
The curved piers are original to the 1888 N&W bridge. The V&T bridge was the original bridge on the current NS bridge. I have corrected the posting.
Were these piers reused for the successor bridge? Was the original bridge, which was burned, also curved?
I would call them outriggers.
Is the bracing here note worthy, I do not believe I have seen this before. Is it acting as an outrigger or a vertical? Or both?
I am guessing this bridge was not built in 1932. Probably the original bridge here was built in 1932. This looks to be a welded MOB.
They looked brand new, right out of the box.
Nice job capturing the EMD SD70ACe-T4 demonstrators!
My father was a CE with the KS highway Dept ca 1950 and the term he used was "catiwhompus". I haven't run across the exact definition in any of his old books yet.
A non-technical term I like to use for this type of structure is "Womper-Jawed".
Neither have I....crazy/cool engineering
Thanks Nathan. I have just not encountered many Pratts that looked like this.
Unless I am missing something, no there is not, aside from describing its unusual design features of vertical end posts and a heavy skew, but these don't play into the type of truss configuration here. Its basically a Pratt truss with a skew and vertical endposts.
Is there a sub category of Pratt for this bridge?
I have changed this status back to open. I do not know if they are going to take it down but as of 2/17/2017 it remains open with no work being done on it.
Well, I will support any effort to reuse historic bridges on trails.
ConTech Continental prefab spans (MOBS) are hard to compete with in terms of cost for short spans (even though they are inferior to a restored historic metal truss bridge). However, once you get into really long span lengths like this, these sorts of modern bridges rapidly become EXTREMELY expensive. They are not standard (higher cost), and they are very inefficient in use of materials (even higher cost). The shear mass of the ugly steel tubes needed to support spans of this length result in a bridge of unparalleled level of ugly, and a bridge that obstructs the view of the river it crosses. A restored historic truss span could have been provided for this budget, providing a structurally superior (wider roadway), long-lasting, signature historic landmark. The efficient, lightweight members would have coexisted with the surrounding area in a much better manner as well.
Looks like a MOB to me. I would much rather see relocated historic trusses than MOBs on trails. Thanks to firms such as Workin' Bridges, and Bach Steel, we can save historic trusses that would otherwise be turned into soup cans.
thinking this was not a 1,000,000 dollar bridge
This bridge has been torn down and replaced
The bridge probably needs a separate entry.
From what scant bit of Googling I've done, it's probably just called the "Pepper Tunnel Bridge"
I also think this photo shows a VA B&I plaque: https://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/view_record.php?URN=ns3720
Great find! What's the bridge called?
Was playing around with my quad maps, and found this one.
Was looking at the HAER documentation and I found that the floor beams were remodeled in 1940, at which time the Kingpost beams were added.
This bridge has recently been closed to pedestrian traffic as well.
This structure has been destroyed and replaced.
This is a pin-connected Warren through truss. As such it likely in reality dates to the 1880s, certainly not 1932. Also looks like it might be a former railroad bridge. This is a highly significant historic bridge.
There are wingwalls visible if you turn the clock back on GE a few years; it looks pretty overgrown on the current satellite view. Pretty sure it's there though. It's only 22 feet long, so probably pretty easy to overlook.
Did you pick up the road and look under it? Concrete arches are sometimes shy!
No bridge here
A company by the name of "Bowers" was awarded the contract to build the Smith River Bridge - however they assigned/subcontracted the project to T. A. Loving - Taylor Abbit Loving was the founder of T. A. Loving Company. Founded in 1925 we are still in business and still building bridges, hospitals, football stadiums, water and waste water treatments plants, among other things.
I remember a bridge from childhood (I'm 72, raised in Hurt, Va) can't find any image or info. Hope you can help. From Hurt, there were 2 ways to go to Altavista. Go to Yeatts & Rowland General Store, cross the RR tracks, turn right onto rt. 29. The other way was to go to the right at the end of Prospect rd. ( rd didn't have a name then), go to the bottom of the hill(where an Apple Market is now, and proceed across a wooden bridge,one lane, and rattled and wood slapped each time we crossed it. Scary to a young child. Does anyone remember or have any info?
Passed underneath on an Amtrak journey just now. Doesn't appear to have been put back in place yet, but so glad to hear of its positive fate.
I had forgotten that I had taken this picture, this one along with the bridge. As a matter of fact, I had to use this site (and others) to even identify the bridge.
I am sad to hear that the bridge is now gone. I do not even remember taking the above photos. I was going through old photos, and scanning so I could put them on the computer. I all of a sudden came across this one and the Jack's Creek Bridge (which at first I thought where the same bridge). Perhaps later, I will try and "connect" the panoramic views of the three bridges, if I can.
I do want to get out there and check the bridge remnants out.
Completed Dec. 2015: Replace the bridge's original auxiliary drive, install LED lights and make preventive maintenance repairs to the bridge’s superstructure; including deck patching and beam repairs.
As a local I know of yet another name for this bridge... It is called the Nickel Bridge by Richmonders, which is a reference to it's past as a toll bridge.
This bridge is not in Isle of Wight county. From the map it looks to be in Matthew's county
Here's the link to the Pilot article:
Looks like we're going to lose this one. Took me a minute to find it here, as it's actually called the Deep Creek AIW Bridge.
Thought these were pics of the Wasena Park Greenway Bridge. Turns out they were not. So I added and posted them anyways. Not a great bridge but maybe in 75 years...
"Waterloo Bridge Remains in Limbo", Fauquier Now, Jan. 12, 2016.
Post it, please.
I have a picture of this bridge if you are interested.
This might actually be a concrete thru girder, given the roadway width and massive design of the railings/girders. It seems to be listed as a concrete slab on the NBI, which is a common listing for a concrete girder in which the floorbeams are integral with the deck and are not articulated.
connects Lancaster County and Middlesex County
This tunnel connects the independent cities of Hampton and Norfolk but it won't let you indicate that on the site
This tunnel connects the independent cities of Newport News and Suffolk. The site doesn't let you indicate both
Yes. I see it on the map. The alignment may have moved circa 1934. Which means these bridges closed around that time. I am still trying to confirm this. Thanks.
The two bridges you've added at Ruffins Pond appear to have been an old alignment of US17.
Screencap comes from the 1942 quadrangle: http://landmarkhunter.com/quad/18723
I hope you can help me. I am trying to locate who I can contact to acquire this bridge for our home property which is in a historic district.
My number is 3016417679 or email above. Thank you.
Functionally Obsolete is a term to describe a bridge that may not require repair, but does not meet modern guidelines for the roadway it serves. Such a bridge might be too narrow, might have a tight curve or bad line of sight on the approach (vertical and horizontal alignments).
The TR Bridge was built in 1964-66, not 1932.
Where do I find the definition of 'functionally obsolete'?
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I've been looking for yours but haven't found it yet. :(
Coordinates of the storage location are 38.658048, -78.216591
Here's a photo of the bridge where it sits today.
The original bridge has not been demolished. It's sitting less than a mile away in a parking lot next to the Copper Fox Distillery.
Another news piece:
News of the loss:
It would be a miracle if they could whip up enough support to save it.
IT is scheduled to be replaced next year
Semi crossing 1906 bridge