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Natural Bridge

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Natural Bridge looking north

Rt. 11 runs over the naturally formed deck

Photo taken by Jodi Christman 4/19/08

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BH Photo #198075

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Description 

There's recent talk of putting weight restrictions on this county road http://www.douglas-budget.com/news/article_79fbaefd-d50e-54d...

Facts 

Overview
Arch bridge over Cedar Creek on South Lee Hway (Rt. 11)
Location
Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Naturally formed bridge, Built c.150,000,000 BCE, that carries Rt. 11 over Cedar Creek
Design
Cedar Creek carved out a gorge in which horizontal limestone strata remains as the roof of this arch
Dimensions
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 215.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 1997
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.62770, -79.54486   (decimal degrees)
37°37'40" N, 79°32'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/628404/4165504 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Natural Bridge
Inventory numbers
NRHP 97001401 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 48709 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • August 17, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • June 23, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 1, 2013: New photos from Gene Smania
  • January 31, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status from "Unknown" to "Open"
  • April 26, 2011: Added by Jodi Christman

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Comments 

Natural Bridge
Posted June 7, 2013, by Zachary S

Should add 'Built c.150,000,000 BCE' for the hell of it, haha.

I'm going to make a special category for this and other natural-formed bridges if they are to be listed on this site (and they should be, imo, especially if they carry a road) because they're, well, different from man-made structures!

Natural Bridge
Posted February 2, 2013, by Anonymous

They are--that's how I found them. (-8

Natural Bridge
Posted February 2, 2013, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

If they carried roads I would!

I think they're listed over on our sister site, LandmarkHunter though!

Natural Bridge
Posted February 2, 2013, by Anonymous

Does this mean you'll also be listing Pomona Natural Bridge & Cedar Wonders Natural (stone!) Arch, both of IL? ;-D

Natural Bridge
Posted February 2, 2013, by Anonymous

Does this mean you'll also be listing Pomona Natural Bridge & Cedar Wonders Natural (stone!) Arch, both of IL? ;-D

Natural Bridge
Posted January 31, 2013, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Just to be cheeky, I've listed this as stone arch.

Natural Bridge
Posted April 26, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I know of formations like this, but this is interesting because it actually carries a road!