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Morgan Ford Bridge

Photos 

Main span

Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath

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BH Photo #150274

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The through truss span was built in 1887 and moved from Pittsylvania County.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Smith River on Morgan Ford Rd (Route 622) in Sandy Level
Location
Henry County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Constructed 1953 from parts from older bridges. The center Pratt through truss span was built in 1887.
Design
Eight-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss main span;
Riveted Warren pony truss east shore span;
Plate girder approach spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 137.1 ft.
Total length: 396.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.9 ft.
Also called
Smith River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.55892, -79.74590   (decimal degrees)
36°33'32" N, 79°44'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/612229/4046675 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northeast Eden
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
266
Inventory numbers
VA 10112 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33715 (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: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

8-panel truss (365)
Built 1953 (314)
Built during 1950s (3,675)
Functionally obsolete (7,182)
Girder (9,135)
Have street view (25,400)
Henry County, Virginia (14)
Open (38,203)
Owned by state (15,116)
Pin-connected (3,696)
Pony truss (15,694)
Pratt through truss (5,003)
Pratt truss (8,737)
Riveted (2,052)
Span length 125-175 feet (3,997)
Through truss (14,032)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,884)
Truss (31,220)
Virginia (1,107)
Warren pony truss (3,195)
Warren truss (6,246)

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: The center span was built in 1887 and relocated to this lcoation in 1953
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • December 1, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath

Sources 

  • Matthew Ridpath
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Morgan Ford Bridge
Posted January 21, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Morgan Ford Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sounds like this one is doomed although there is an ongoing fight to save it:

http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2014/11/group-seeks-new-review-o...