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CSX Railroad Bridge

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Overview
Lost pony truss bridge over CSX Railroad on US 60 in Barboursville
Location
Cabell County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1932
Railroad
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Polygonal Warren pony truss with Camelback profile
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 122.1 ft.
Total length: 129.9 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.41649, -82.25100   (decimal degrees)
38°24'59" N, 82°15'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/390787/4252767 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Barboursville
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
18,100
Inventory number
BH 35030 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 25, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.

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CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Strongly disagree with the comment below. The bridge is not in a condition that even begins to hint at a risk for collapse, nor should this bridge be replaced. Further, riding quality of a bridge deck is, contrary to popular belief of the general public, not always indicative of a bridge deck's structural condition.

I conducted a photo-documentation of this bridge in 2007. http://www.historicbridges.org/wvirginia/us60/index.htm I found a major alteration: a bottom chord encased in concrete. However, this alteration as well as the entire truss web all appeared to be in sound structural condition with surprisingly limited section loss and/or pack rust.

During my 2007 documentation, the deck appeared to be in fair condition. The only potholes I noted that would affect riding quality were at the joints at the ends of the bridge, not on the deck itself.

The structural condition of the bridge does not warrant replacement. Instead, I would recommend a preservation solution that includes deck replacement and repainting of the truss system (superstructure), with potential replacement of the floorbeams (I was not able to observe the floorbeams, so am unsure of their physical condition).

The National Bridge Inventory structural evaluation showing the deck in Poor condition and the superstructure and substructure in Fair condition appear to confirm my assessment of the bridge. Bridges in these conditions are generally rehabilitation-feasible.

CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by gdp (isildain [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Because the deck is horrible, always potholed and in constant need of patching, and the traffic can get quite backed up in that area. I'm always afraid that I'll find the bridge collapsed on the tracks below. They can't build the new bridge fast enough.

CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted August 28, 2009, by Mike (wcmi92 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is in the process of being replaced by a UCEB.

Why, I don't know since it seemed to be in decent shape, and traffic on US 60 past that point isn't all that heavy.