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Tipers Bridge

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Great Wicomico River Bridge

Replaced

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #283959

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Description 

Built in six months during the depth of the Depression, the Tipers Bridge is a well preserved example of a once standard bridge type that was commonly used to economically span a large number of major river crossings in the Virginia Tidewater. It is located at a crossing that has a long history of some economic importance in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties. This is the second oldest of ten remaining swing-spans dating from between 1930 and 1957 currently listed in the Virginia Department of Transportation bridge inventory.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost swing bridge over Great Wicomico River on VA-200
Location
Northumberland County, Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1934; rehabilitated 1974; Replaced 1994
Builder
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia (fabricator) [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.9 ft.
Total length: 1,315.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Also called
Great Wicomico River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.84699, -76.36756   (decimal degrees)
37°50'49" N, 76°22'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/379679/4189719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reedville
Inventory numbers
VA 12762 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 54493 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • May 20, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 16, 2012: Added by Jared Mixson

Sources 

  • Jared Mixson
  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER VA-58 - Tipers Bridge, Spanning Great Wicomico River at State Route 200, Kilmarnock, Lancaster County, VA