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Mattaponi River Bridge

Photos 

Aerial View, View East Showing Swing Span In Open Position

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #312365

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The swing span only carries pedestrian traffic formerly carries State Route 629 on Walkerton Road

The Walkerton Bridge, originally known as the Mattaponi River Bridge, is one of a handful of swing-truss crossings remaining in Virginia and an early project conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation after they assumed control of the county road system in 1932. With the proposed demise of the Great Wicomico bridge, the Walkerton crossing is a manually operated swing that is not assisted by electrical or mechanical power. The Walkerton Bridge has become a rare artifact, representing a type of bridge technology that once was ubiquitous, but now is on the verge of extinction. -HAER

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Mattaponi River on State Route 629 Walkerton Road
Location
Walkerton, King and Queen County, Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1936
Builder
- William P. Glidden
Design
Warren through truss swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.72320, -77.02505   (decimal degrees)
37°43'24" N, 77°01'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/321529/4177034 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
King William
Inventory number
BH 61915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER VA-62 - Walkerton Bridge, Spanning Mattaponi River at State Route 629, Walkerton, King and Queen County, VA

Comments 

Mattaponi River Bridge
Posted September 24, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates, but the original bridge is now shown as a pedestrian bridge.