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South Fork Shenandoah River Bridge

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Description 

This bridge had one of the most unusual suspended span trusses ever seen.

Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over S F Shenandoah Rv & N&W on VA 55 in Front Royal
Location
Warren County, Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1941
Railroad
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
Design
Warren deck truss with unique design of suspended span.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 194.9 ft.
Total length: 1,925.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94500, -78.20000   (decimal degrees)
38°56'42" N, 78°12'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/742664/4314401 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Front Royal
Inventory numbers
VA 20272 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33897 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 35.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
27,260

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added design, link to photo, and noted demolition.
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This historic truss bridge is now doomed.