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Kanawha Falls Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall in July 2007


BH Photo #163751


Street Views 


Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Kanawha River on CR 13
Fayette County, West Virginia
Intact but closed to all traffic in November 2018
Built 1928
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Three-span, 12-panel Pennsylvania through truss with Camelback upper chords, one-span deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 1,001.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Kanawha River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.13833, -81.21333   (decimal degrees)
38°08'18" N, 81°12'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/481305/4221185 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gauley Bridge
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 35078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2021: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Details on builder
  • July 9, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 11, 2016: New photo from Mark Yurina
  • November 13, 2015: New photos from Robert Elder
  • March 26, 2015: New photos from Irma Hale
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Changed "Name"
  • February 24, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 27, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated bridge type
  • May 14, 2010: New Street View added by Joshua Collins
  • April 27, 2010: New photos from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Todd Wilson
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mark Yurina - markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Sherman Cahal


Kanawha Falls Bridge
Posted August 20, 2019, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is possible to reach the other side of the bridge by first crossing the Earl Vickers bridge and drive south along the river to Deepwater. From there the road gets choppy but scenic, with a rather large rockwall flanking your right with the river on your left. I've never encountered any traffic on this stretch. It's sad, but it looks like this bridge has a bleak future.

Kanawha Falls Bridge
Posted July 23, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I also found this one closed yesterday. Not a good sign, especially after showing a rating of 2. Still a spectacular bridge. I was going to get out and look, but there was no where to pull off on the US 60 side, plus heavy rain.

Kanawha Falls Bridge
Posted December 18, 2015, by Frank Miller (thewvnomad [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this used to have a toll on it. If my memory serves me correctly ( I was pretty young at the time) there was a bus used a house that the toll collector lived in. Many of the local residents still call it the "Silver Bridge" since it was silver for many years. It was painted green sometime in the early 1980's or so.

Kanawha Falls Bridge
Posted March 14, 2015, by Robert Thompson

I drove past this one on the way back from Bridge Day 2014. I had a lot of miles to cover, though, and was unable to take time for pictures.

Got some rather unusual ones of the New River Gorge Bridge the day before, though...

Kanawha Falls Bridge
Posted March 12, 2015, by Zachary S

As per a couple of 2012 news articles, plans to replace the bridge have apparently been set forth.

Kanawha River Bridge
Posted August 20, 2012, by Chambers Williams (gchambers3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this the bridge over the Kanawha that used to have a toll on it?