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Taylor's Mill Road Bridge


Photo taken by C Hanchey in June 2010


BH Photo #168461


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Originally crossed Rapidan River in Orange County and was moved here in 1944.


Through truss bridge over Whitehorn Creek on Taylor's Mill Road
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1915 by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company; Relocated here in 1944
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 181.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.89530, -79.34381   (decimal degrees)
36°53'43" N, 79°20'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/647568/4084538 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
VA 13610 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33798 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 18, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 14, 2016: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: replaced
  • April 22, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • June 25, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was built by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Co.
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated GPS and info.
  • February 28, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey



Taylor's Mill Road Bridge
Posted April 23, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The difference with this bridge is the relocation occurred over 50 years ago. Therefore it is a "historical" relocation. That seems to make a difference in my experience.

Taylor's Mill Road Bridge
Posted April 23, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In my dealings with the Keeper if a bridge was moved without permission it is no longer on the list. It can be worked to go back on but not automatically. It might be eligible but site is an important consideration for them. Ie: they would not give permission to move Upper Bluffton because we were not putting it back over water. It was moved without permission and is no longer on NRHP. IT COULD perhaps be placed back on.

Keeper doesnt care that they were designed to move or be moved. Almost lost designation for McIntyre bowstring because we didnt ask to take it to Michigan, nor did we ask to let flooding take it!!

Long Shoals going through process with KSHS but has taken a long time for approval. All for some grants but no protections....

Taylor's Mill Road Bridge
Posted April 22, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

VDOT is trying to demolish and replace this bridge and they are claiming the bridge is not historic because it was relocated. This goes against common accepted policy which states that relocation does not automatically prevent a truss bridge from being Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places because truss bridges were designed to be easily relocated and thus their relocation is part of their history.