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Fayette Station Bridge

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Fayette Station Bridge

Taken from the overlook to the big bridge on US 19.

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in May 2007

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BH Photo #133869

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Description 

Fayette Station Bridge was the first bridge to cross the New River in Fayette County, West Virginia. The bridge was a result of the road building process when it was a local issue instead of the jurisdiction of the state and federal levels of government. The bridge eliminated the necessity for travelers to cross the dangerous New River in the gorge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over New River on CR 82
Location
Fayette County, West Virginia
Status
Open to one-way southbound traffic
History
Built 1889; closed to traffic in 1977; reconstructed 1997
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 277.9 ft.
Total length: 420.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Tunney Hunsaker Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.06473, -81.07711   (decimal degrees)
38°03'53" N, 81°04'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/493235/4213000 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fayetteville
Inventory number
BH 39954 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 61.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
550

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2017: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • November 6, 2017: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • October 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Noted that direction of 1-way traffic is southbound
  • January 17, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 4, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 25, 2015: New photo from Irma Hale
  • December 27, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 3, 2013: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • September 10, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from Tom Hall
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from James Simmons
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: alternate name
  • February 21, 2009: Added by Bob Morgan

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Bridges and Tunnels by Shermal Cahal - history of Fayetteville Station Bridge
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • James Simmons - james [at] simmons [dot] net
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • HAER WV-60 - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayette, Fayette County, WV
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Fayette Station Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I would describe it as a replica (albeit using bolts instead of rivets) that reused a few original members in the replica. A very small number of members on the bridge are original. If you look close you will find a few Phoenix brands on the steel. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wv...

Fayette Station Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge rehabilitated, or was it completely remanufactured in 1997? The NPS ranger at the US 19 bridge overlook called it a "replica" bridge. I just visited this bridge, and I was amazed that nearly all rivets had been replaced with bolts - giving its built-up latticework a very bumpy appearance. Some parts are definitely original, such as the main upper and lower chords. However some members, such as eyebars, look very smooth and new. But I have to wonder, how much of it is actually original, other than the design?

BTW after 20 years, the 1997 wooden deck is definitely deteriorating.

If visiting, stop first at the NPS US 19 bridge overlook to pick up a free CD guided tour of Fayette Station Road.