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County Road 616 Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) Bridge

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An elegant, no-frills, ordinary, plain, 1930's-era Warren through truss

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2010

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BH Photo #171567

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Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Wallens Creek (Martin Creek) on County Road 616
Location
Lee County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1880s, relocated in1932
Design
Pin-connected Warren through truss with alternating verticals
Dimensions
Span length: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.63265, -83.17140   (decimal degrees)
36°37'58" N, 83°10'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/305858/4056318 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hubbard Springs
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
247
Inventory numbers
VA 10807 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33734 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 19, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: altered original build date

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

County Road 616 Wallens Creek Bridge
Posted February 19, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed 2 crosses by the bridge in picture #21.Did these people pass away at the bridge?

County Road 616 Wallens Creek Bridge
Posted February 19, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Totally agree with Nathan.

Now, who made it and where was it originally erected? To me the portals are replacements added when it was put up at its present home.

We now know Columbia Bridge Works / Columbia Bridge Co. made pin connected Warrens: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/montgomery/bh88020/ (although the Ohio example does not have CBWs signature endposts). They advertised that they made railroad bridges (though none are known). They also are known to have worked in Virginia.

Although a Whipple, the Capon Lake Bridge https://bridgehunter.com/wv/hampshire/capon-lake/ shares certain fabrication elements (such as the endposts). However, Capon was built by TB White & Sons, which would eventually become Penn Bridge Co. (once one of the sons returned home with an engineering degree and the company reorganized across the river in Beaver Falls, PA). Prior to their move to Beaver Falls, I am of the belief that TB White & Sons bought 'kits' from other builders and merely finished and erected iron trusses as they transitioned from wooden trusses.

Anybody have any thoughts on this one? Did anyone else use these distinctive elements?

Regards,

Art S.

County Road 616 Wallens Creek Bridge
Posted December 19, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.