According to my Grandpa, who was in his 20s when the BRP was being constructed, this bridge was built by Italian stonemasons. He was courting my Grandma at the time and they were boarding at the Webb home. Grandpa worked on the Round Meadow Bridge just south of this one.
This is a duplicate of http://bridgehunter.com/va/chesapeake-city/dismal-swamp-cana...
The bridge is visible in this film made on 20 Sep 1944:
Timestamped version: https://youtu.be/WjadMxpXprk?t=2m
Most of this truss bridge collapsed in an accident Feb 24, 1977 which may explain why many members are bolted since I assume most of the truss is a replica. http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/dp-look-back-acci...
This is one of the more spectacular vertical lift accidents I have ever seen. The freightor crashed into the approach truss, which rested on on the freighter for a time (it was dislocated off the pier onto the ship) before the tower finally collapsed, which in turn dragged the lift span into the water. The other tower survived however.
predecessor to this........
Kyle, do you live near this bridge? I am curious if you have or could take a photo of the plaque visible in the photo, its located on the center span girder, far end. It would likely tell us who built the bridge.
Closed to thru traffic March 2018
For better or worse the City of Hampton is in the process of replacing this bridge - new bridge isn't open as of March 2018
The photo is of the Hardware river bridge at Route 6, that was replaced a few years ago by a more modern bridge.
I'm doing research on the Coleman bridge and the surrounding area.
I'm researching the History of the Coleman bridge built from 1950-1952 in West Point Virginia. What i'm looking for is a list of employees that were working on that project if possible. Carpenters, foremen,engineers, concrete workers, steel workers etc. I'm aware of personnel confidentiality policies but i think enough time has passed and most of these people have passed away that it shouldn't be a issue but more of what i'm looking for, Historical documentation only. Thank you for any help you may lend to my project. Thomas Cooke 307 S. Lubec, Rd. Lubec, Maine 04652 207-733-4247
Thanks luke.There are composite metals that are used in all kinds of applications.I forgot about wood and metal as in bridges.
Dana is correct. When trusses are referred to as "combination" or "composite", they're referring to the mixed use of timber and metal parts.
You have a good point there,Dana and Kay.Didn't look at it that way.Thanks.
Believe it may refer defer to composite of wood and metal probably Iron. Will defer to more knowledgeable pontists for definitive answer.
I have a question.I see the word composite used in the pictures of this bridge.I've dealt with composite metals in the past.Is this bridge made out of composite materials?From what I remember composite metals are more than one metal.
It seems like this railroad built multiple wooden truss bridges- there is another that is abandoned farther down the line. Who knows, there may have been even more than these two! https://bridgehunter.com/va/cumberland/cartersville/
Is this a rare wooden railroad truss? It certainly seems to to me!
Those stone arch approaches must be far older than 1932. 1882 is a lot closer to the appropriate date.
I would consider this worthy of being here. Itís the internet, not a book. I guess Iíve never seen a reason why any bridge falling into a historical category would be unworthy. Yes, it clutters the site but in reality,
It only slows down searching by a couple of seconds.
I didn't post because I didn't consider it worthy of being here. I read your listing as an implication that this is the remains of a bridge. Whereas I see it as complete as is. Hence the enquiry.
NBI calls it a through arch but street view differs.
Yes, a siding, and yes, it's a bridge. A beautiful old monster--pure functionality.
Need help identifying the rail yard here. was just south of the current Richmond NS south Yard. Was still in existence in 1969.
I am unsure. I added it because it bridged a couple of roads. Do you think I should remove it?
Was this a bridge or has it always been an elevated siding?
Historicaerials confirms there was a Seaboard track below at one point.
I did not see a current RR either. NBI gives it as crossing a yard and since Main Street station and trainshed is half a block away, I assumed at some point there must have been a spur.
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 bridgeís superstructure; including deck patching and beam repairs.