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Goddins Pond Dam

Photos 

Side view from pond

This is looking northeast from the pond side.

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in September 2020

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BH Photo #480754

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Description 

SR 600 Holly Fork Road crosses Philbates Creek on the dam that holds back Goddins Pond. This a scenic, idylic location, popular for fishing.

The bridge is essentially the top of the spillway, and is in poor condition. A portion of the deck has been replaced with a steel plate. It has a 4 ton weight limit.

The dam itself was rated to be in poor condition on 6/17/1993, and it was noted then that failure of the dam would "take out" State Route 600.

Facts 

Overview
Slab bridge atop dam over Philbates Creek on VA 600 Holly Fork Road
Location
New Kent County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic, 4 ton weight limit
History
Built to impound a pond for a mill. The mill is long gone, but Goodins Pond remains for recreational purposes.
Design
Dam carrying road on slab bridge atop spillway.
Also called
Holly Fork Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.48300, -76.79407   (decimal degrees)
37°28'59" N, 76°47'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/341379/4149966 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90541 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Dam (51)
New Kent County, Virginia (5)
One-lane traffic (7,614)
Open (39,995)
Owned by state (16,070)
Slab (2,081)
Virginia (1,238)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added with photos

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Comments 

Goddins Pond Dam
Posted September 8, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was another one of those random finds when I was driving along a highway, and I saw a "Weight Limit" sign for a side road. There is almost always something interesting on that side road.

This time I found a state road crossing a bridge atop an old dam, both in poor condition. The 4 ton weight limit may be to protect the dam as much as the bridge. An overweight truck could collapse this whole dam, and drain Goddins Pond.