Rating:
4 votes

Gleaves Road Bridge

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CC BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/4528767615

Photo taken by C Hanchey in April 2010

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BH Photo #332567

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Cripple Creek on Gleaves Road (Route 619)
Location
Wythe County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built unknown location ca. 1880s, Installed at this location in 1903 as a railroad bridge; abandoned by railroad in 1938, reopened as a highway bridge ca. 1948
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Fabricator and Likely Builder)
Railroads
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Rail-to-road
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss with Phoenix columns and steel stringer approach.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 128.0 ft.
Total length: 147.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.83371, -81.09414   (decimal degrees)
36°50'01" N, 81°05'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/491605/4076429 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cripple Creek
Inventory numbers
VA 19677 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33918 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 42.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
162

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2016: New photos from Jim Allen
  • July 16, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: List 1903 as installaton date, add fabricator and likely builder.
  • April 24, 2012: New Street View added by Ben Tate

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Comments 

Gleaves Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice bridge with verticals, top chord and end posts all being Phoenix Columns. I'm guessing the 1948 date is the date it was installed on the roadway, but even the 1903 date would be incorrect. This bridge would date to ca. 1880.

Gleaves Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2009, by David Midkiff (david [dot] midkiff [at] us [dot] abb [dot] com)

This bridge was installed in 1903 when the Norfolk and Western railway branch line was built to Cripple Creek. The bridge is a Phoenix Bridge Company Pratt Truss with Phoenix columns. The Norfolk and Western railway was pulled out in 1938. The bridge was turned over to the Virginia department of highways. The bridge has had some work done in the last few years and does not have a weight limit posted.