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Posted September 24, 2019, by Daniel

That's probably the lowest non-zero weight limit I've seen on a bridge. Plenty of typical passenger vehicles are over 2 tons.

Makes sense to me that they're closing it period.

Posted September 24, 2019, by Anonymous

Bridge indefinitely closed to all motorized vehicles, remains open to pedestrians due to repeated disregard of weight and height restrictions

Reedy Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 16, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is correct, These brands refer to steel rolled at the Lackawanna mills after Bethlehem Steel took over their operation in 1922. It is also possible to find BSCO Cambria steel on bridges, indicating that the steel was rolled at Cambria after its purchase by Bethlehem.

Reedy Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Anonymous

Apparently Lackawanna was a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel after 1922, so yes?

Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this still available for reuse, as it was marked? Or was it simply demolished?

Reedy Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The last photo on Highways Through History shows a "B. S. Co. LACKAWANNA" marking on the steel; unless that's indicative of a different company that I don't know about (and that said company hasn't been identified with any other structure here), I'm thinking that's gotta point to use of the Lackawanna Steel here.

Grassy Run Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hmmm. You say Canton, the state says York. Which is it?

4th Street Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

OK, there's a lot to digest here.

First off, I'm wondering where the circa 1920 date comes from. Because another source (link provided) offers 1912, does offer up some reasonable evidence to support that. The same source describes this as a cantilevered rigid frame rather than a girder; it also gives the date of the District's NRHP listing. (As does Wiki, which also had its number.)

I'm estimating on the replacement year; the two Fourth Street entries on the NBI last appear there in 2012 - without checking, 2015 seems like a reasonable approximation. But those entries, when listed, gave a build year of 1940 - I'm wondering if instead, this bridge was altered that year. The balustrade railings detail - the ones that were the original - comes from old photographs seen in both links.

Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Worth noting that the 2014 rehabilitation was a substantial alteration; the girders are, obviously, retained, but railings were added, and the previous timber deck was replaced with a paved deck. (Highways Through History has photos of both before and after the repair.)

Assuming that Google is accurate, it would appear that this, too, used to be on the old Norfolk & Western Railway line.

There is one more crossing along this road; it too is a pony plate girder like the 1907 bridge. This one is instead a deck girder.

Edwight Truss Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I pulled the StreetView, as it now only shows the replacement and it only gives me November 2016 as an option.

Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Curiously, Highways Through History lists THIS crossing as Cheat Bridge, rather than the 1912 one. Not sure yet if they list that one under some other name.

Blue Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one, I was able to verify that replacement is in the cards. The photos on Highways Through History include a Luten plaque.

Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Highways Through History has this being replaced in 2015. I'm not sure how to independently verify that, though one clue that that would be accurate is that this disappears from the NBI after 2013.

Also, they list the builder as an Edwin Starcher Bridge Company, who aren't yet identified with any other bridges on the site.

Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

You probably would know of more/better places to look than I would Robert RE: when it was demolished, but a Google sweep did turn up something else interesting.

West Virginia's Highways Through History page for this bridge has several additional photos of it, including several detailed shots focused on the trusses and a few of the underside, and it also states that this was the work of the Vincennes Bridge Company.

Posted September 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, it was in West Virginia so...

Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have driven over this bridge many times, but the last time I drove over it was in October of last year. Thus, I'm guessing that it was demolished sometime early this year. If somebody can nail down an exact date, please let us know. I will try to do some more research on this myself. Cairo is a very historic town and this bridge was very much a part of the community.

Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually, I have spent quite a bit of time in this area although I have mostly photographed tunnels instead of bridges in West Virginia. I have a lot of family in this area.

Posted September 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You've ventured out of your normal territory Mr. Elder!

Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just returned from a trip to West Virginia. This bridge has been demolished. There is a temporary bridge in use. The new bridge is nearing completion.

Ohio Edison Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heh, did that just happen today?

The two StreetViews are aimed at separate structures; the Lafayette Ave view appears to be aimed more at the Moundsville Bridge ( ).

As for THIS bridge, it looks more like it only ever served factory use, sort of like this one at the Flint Water Plant in Michigan:

Ohio Edison Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted September 11, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

This small truss certainly did not cross the Ohio River and the Ohio Edison plant appears to have been demolished.

Kanawha Falls Bridge (West Virginia)
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.

Posted July 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony !

Kanawha Falls Bridge (West Virginia)
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.

Grant Street Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted July 23, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

I was coming back from vacation yesterday and decided to check out this bridge. Unfortunately, I found it closed. Just looked up why, and some links said it's due to safety concerns after inspection. There's discussion on making repairs to the bridge. That better be what they decide to do.

Posted June 23, 2019, by Anne Heidelbach Shepherd (jashep352 [at] icloud [dot] com)

My Mom used to take me from SHADYSIDE to Wheeling Island ( to visit my Aunt Mrs. Frank (Claire) KEEFER ) and then to Wheeling to shop. We would walk over the old suspension bridge and I was scared to death ! Some of the wooden boards were missing (in the early to mid 50’s) that we walked on and Mom held my hand tightly !! It was scary but thrilling at the same time . I have many memories crossing the old bridges on the river. Taking the bus to Bellaire and Bridgeport and walking all the bridges. I haven’t been back to Ohio since 1980 and miss the Ohio Valley and bridges !! Thank heavens for memories and great pictures likes these ! My Dad ran the North American Coal Co. , Nacco Mining and Quarto Mining in Powhatan Point, Ohio. We rode the ferries too !!! Exciting time to grow up . Kids today have no idea what a great life we had. Cell phones are ruining everyone !! Historic places are disappearing and it is heart breaking. Thank you for preserving our history.

Dundon Truss Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted June 20, 2019, by Tom Sizemore (R [dot] Tom [dot] Sizemore [at] gmail [dot] com)

The photograph is of the NEW bridge.

Posted June 2, 2019, by Eric Miller (Ecm56 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


When was the old railroad bridge converted to a pedestrian bridge to carry foot traffic for the Appalachian Trail? Also, what was the route of the Appalachian Trail prior to this bridge being the river crossing? Was it the route 340 highway bridge?

Thank you!

Eric Miller

Elk River Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 15, 2019, by Dave F

The old bridge was replaced in 2017 with a plate girder bridge that is much wider. A photo during construction.

Posted April 8, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yup, they probably pushed the old one into the river with an excavator like usual...

Posted April 8, 2019, by Tom Hoffman

Looks like its been replaced with a daggone modern pony truss.

Posted February 28, 2019, by Luke

The Charleston streetcar used the Kanawha City Bridge

However, a 1909 topographic map from shows this as being part of the Kanawha & Michigan, a linte that was absorbed into the NYC

Posted February 28, 2019, by Chuck Parks (shipscomputer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is incorrectly identified as Pennsylvania Railroad. It was actually a bridge that was built or the Charleston Interurban Streetcar system.

Posted January 21, 2019, by Daniel

Hmm, you're right. I was questioning whether to list it as eyebar or not, I'll revert it to "suspension".

Posted January 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It might have been a wire cable suspension bridge. I cant find any info, but it was described as a "swinging" bridge. I envision something with wire cables. Often, the anchorages of wire cable suspension bridges are eyebars. Thus, the presence of eyebars in the anchorages does not guarantee the rest of the bridge was eyebar chains.

Posted January 17, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to Kelsey and Terry for sharing their family stories with us. I drive across this bridge on occasion and the signs are a reminder of the dangers that come with bridge construction. I am glad that the State of West Virginia decided to honor Mr. Legg in this manner.

Posted January 17, 2019, by Kelsey (kelseychapstick [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the bridge dedicated to my grandfather, as my uncle Terry has stated below. I never met him, but every time I see the sign, I think of him and wonder what he was like in life. RIP Papa.

Parks Gap Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted December 19, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tried to access bridge last Sunday, December 16,2018 but was rather disappointed.

Posted December 10, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos 8, 9, and 10 are of a different bridge, the Bartow Jones Bridge (BH41918), not this bridge.

Posted November 25, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a nice discussion of bridge lighting, but the Silver Memorial Bridge carrying US 35 across the Ohio River is not lit. I am typing this in a motel room overlooking this nice cantilever truss bridge, and except for normal streetlights shining down at the roadway, it is dark.

BTW a favorite lighted bridge is the possibly doomed Blackhawk Bridge over the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mingo Tunnel (West Virginia)
Posted November 15, 2018, by Rickey (planefred [at] gmail [dot] cvom)

The railroaders call it the Mingo Tunnel, I think it is still labelled that on one portal.

Posted November 10, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I hiked through the new Eaton Tunnel on October 4th of this year. After getting through the tunnel, I hiked up the bank to visit the West Portal of this tunnel again. To say that the experience was eerie would be an understatement.

The day was very hot and muggy by October standards in West Virginia. The temperature was in the upper 80s perhaps close to 90 when I arrived. A thunderstorm was brewing in the distance. It was so humid out that you could practically chew the atmosphere. Much of West Virginia had record rainfall this year. Wood County was no exception. The ground was absolutely soaked and there was mud everywhere. So, please try to imagine a hot muggy day full of mud and mosquitoes.

Now, when I arrived at the tunnel portal, there was cold air blowing out between the three stones that are piled above the old tunnel portal. It was hot outside, but apparently it was cold in the tunnel. The temperature difference caused the air to rush out of the tunnel rapidly. The air was blowing so quickly out of the tunnel that it was actually blowing small plants around near those three stones. As I sat beside those stones, I could hear and feel that cold air rushing out. To be honest, the cold air felt good and it kept the mosquitoes away. It just felt very eerie.

Thanks to the record rainfall, I could hear water dripping in the tunnel. The tunnel is an enclosed space and so the water falling from the ceiling was echoing as it struck the tunnel floor. It sounded like there was lots of loud tapping sounds coming from the tunnel although it was just the rain water falling in there.

Although part of the tunnel has collapsed and was apparently sealed off as a tomb, the West end of the tunnel most certainly exists. It must be open for quite some distance back under the hill to produce all of that cold air that was rushing out through that little hole.

Posted October 15, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Something isn't right. Note the Phoenix style plaque on the main span.


Art S.

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Tractor-trailer gets stuck in Tennerton bridge

State police: load measured 14 feet, 7 inches -- 5 inches taller than bridge designed to accommodate

By Katie Kuba - October 11, 2018

Truck stuck in bridge

Crews and a wrecker work to free parts of a large truck load that got snagged in the Tennerton bridge that crosses the Buckhannon River near the middle school.

TENNERTON — The truck got stuck.

In simple terms, that’s exactly what happened Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer with too tall a load attempted to cross the Tallmansville Bridge that extends across the Buckhannon River on Tallmansville Road.

Investigating officer Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police said the accident happened at 10:20 a.m., when a tractor-trailer being driven by Victor King, of Georgia, attempted to drive across the Tallmansville Bridge – but didn’t quite make it.The tractor-trailer’s load measured 14 feet, 7 inches tall – five inches taller than the 14 feet, 2 inches the bridge is designed to handle, Menendez said. A large piece of metal that was being transported atop the truck crashed into the top of the bridge, hitting it “pretty hard,” the officer added.

The impact of the metal piece caused the load chains and binders to go “flying everywhere,” Menendez said. “We are lucky the load never hit the pavement because we could have been in some real trouble.”

Menendez said West Virginia Department of Highways officials; members of the Buckhannon Fire Department and Washington Volunteer Fire Company; and West Virginia Public Service Commission officials were all on scene working together to free the truck and its load from the bridge.

They were eventually successful.

Menendez wrote King a citation for over height, he said, because according to state law, if a truck or tractor-trailer is carrying a load that exceeds 13 feet, 6 inches in height, the driver or company is required to apply for and secure a permit.

A tractor-trailer with such a tall load must also be escorted by a pilot truck, the corporal said.

“He was exactly 1 foot, 1 inch over the limit where you’re required to get a permit and have a pilot truck. He was from Georgia, so I just think he didn’t know the law around here,” Menendez said of King.

“He was able to drive away from the scene, but he won’t be able to get back on the road until he gets that permit and has a pilot truck,” the officer added.

Menendez said King had been headed from a mining operation near Ten Mile to the Robbins Company, located on Mattsville Road in Glen Daniels, W.Va. The truck belongs to a company called Spectrum Express in Illinois, he added.

The Tallmansville Road – including the bridge – is now reopen, firefighter John Brugnoli with the BFD confirmed Thursday afternoon.

“People can travel all the way from Route 20 through Tallmansville now,” he said.

NS - Oney Gap Tunnel (West Virginia)
Posted September 10, 2018, by Gene mills (genemills [at] outlook [dot] com)

Is this tunnel still in use? My understanding is this line has been shut down by NS.

Posted July 19, 2018, by Luke
Posted June 6, 2018, by John R Horne II (jhorneee [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have placed a link to my FB Pic Album for the AO - West Fork River Tunnel which I explored on 2nd Jun 2018 below...

OR check out my page

There are more Tunnel and Bridges in my Pic Albums / Post, check it out and enjoy some of my adventures.

Posted May 31, 2018, by Karen Wheeler (Karenwhlr [at] frontier [dot] com)

I spent most of my life walking these bridges from the Big Coal river side from our house up the tracks to the Little Coal river side to catch the school bus and to go to the little neighborhood grocery store. It was harsh in the winter with the snow and ice and very scary when the rivers were almost high enough to to meet each other at the point. My family would all get together and walk acroos the bridge to where they met and walk the path to what was known to all in the neighborhood as “the point”. One winter on my way to school with a friend and her mother, I tripped, fell and by the grace of god stopped just before going over the edge. I never thought much about about it as a kid, but now, I wish they could have been saved and turned into an historical site.

My parents used to call the state to have new boards put in place or whatever repairs needed to be taken care of. If you go to the 1964 edition of the Charleston Gazette (unsure of month) you will find a great story, a picture of my granny and me and a great picture of how it used to look when life was great as a child.

Posted May 31, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Somebody appears to have gotten a current photograph of the interior of the original 1852 Kingwood Tunnel. The tunnel appears to be in shockingly good condition save for being partially flooded.

What an incredible rail-trail this would be if only the railroad would allow a short parallel trail leading out of Tunnelton! Of course, this assumes that the tunnel could be opened and repaired safely.

Posted May 30, 2018, by Luke

Thanks to J.P. finding the local name, I found a few images.

Pretty massive structure, with an interesting roadway support.

Bull Run Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 29, 2018, by David Case

This is a wonderful bridge in a very scenic setting. The roads leading here are rough and steep. Some of the vertical chords have been recently replaced, so they must not be planning to replace it anytime soon. Its the only crossing of the Cheat River between Albright and Ice's Ferry Bridge, a distance of 17 miles. Its a long way down to the water and that flimsy guardrail is barely 3 feet high!

Laurel Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 29, 2018, by Luke

That's usually the case.

Laurel Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 29, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Could the 1940 date be when the county took it on as a road bridge?

Posted May 29, 2018, by David Case

This isn't your normal everyday bridge. It is tough to get to but in a beautiful location. If you come here, you are in the wild part of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.

Shiloh Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted May 26, 2018, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

Went down to see this and the Kile bridge 5/26/18. A new slab bridge was installed sometime in 2016. Interesting enough, the state decided to memorialize the crossing by installing a bronze plague at the east end of the new crossing.

Posted May 25, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I don't know if there's a "standard" name for this arrangement. If you "chase the loads" it functions like a stringer. If you place a load on the deck between floor beams you have to decide: do the stringers transfer the load through the floor beams down to the piers or up to the truss members. It looks as if they have tried to transfer at least some of the load down, removing load from the truss. One could probably remove the truss without the bridge coming down. Splitting hairs, really; the truss has been preserved.

Posted May 24, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I don’t see any steel stringers—It looks like the original floor system is still in place and it still functions as a truss, which is good news; however, a center bent support was added at some point to help increase load capacity.

Posted May 23, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appears to have been moved to steel stringer with truss decorations. But wanted to get second opinions.

Posted April 16, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'll leave it to the rail experts to untangle the history, but based on comments on the linked page, it seems the bridge was built by the Georges Creek Railroad over the North Potomac rather the fairly small creek. The 1895 topo shows the RR as West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh. The other RR crossing in this area is marked as B&O in 1895.

Grassy Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted February 25, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Certainly a little more subtle than New River Gorge

Posted February 19, 2018, by Randall Huber (huberantiq [at] gmail [dot] com)

My father designed the Vickers bridge in 1951 for Modjeski & Masters, Harrisburg, PA. It was his first design out of college. Attached is his original architects rendering for the presentation to West Virginia Department of Transportation. They were awarded the design contract and it was built in 1956.

St. Marys Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted January 30, 2018, by Mark Goudy (mark [dot] e [dot] goudy [at] gmail [dot] com)

The name of this bridge is Hi Carpenter Memorial Bridge although, as others have commented, I believe the pictures are of the wrong bridge.

There is also another short bridge that goes to an island in St Marys that I don't see listed here.

Posted January 6, 2018, by ralph wright (countrybluewv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I first crossed this bridge on 28 Dec 2017 on a trip from Charleston to Huntington and saw the sign and told my wife I wondered if it was named after a guy I went thru Army Basic Training with at Fort Jackson in 1985. But I just now read the comments and I see he was a steel worker that died during the bridge construction. So now I wonder if the Donald Legg, who was also from West Virginia, could be related, not like its a common name like John Smith. The Don Legg I knew in Basic was a former A/C HAVAC tech who the Drill Sergeants told us wouldn't have to go thru AIT like the rest of us, his civilian job gave him more than enough work experience so after Basic he went straight to his job. Legg was older than us, I think he was in his early 30s, which is old when you're 19, I think we called him "Pappy". If you know a Donald Legg who is related to the man the bridge is named for, so he'll know for sure, tell him our Drill Sergeants were SSG McClure and SFC Blevins (Blevins was also from WV) and our unit was C-8-2, from May to July 1985. Tell him "Private Wrong" said hi. Since me and Legg went thru Basic together and I saw the bridge name, my first thought was he stayed in the Army, made a career and was killed after 9/11 in Iraq or Afghanistan (since those barracks need A/C) so WV named a bridge in his honor.

Posted December 29, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

Sad history about the place with the hawks leaving due to the blasting and the incident with Union Carbide essentially murdering its workers.

Posted December 26, 2017, by tom hushion (thushion [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

What did the letter "C" designate on the side of the bridge pier?

Posted November 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, when I clicked open in new tab on my mobile device the photo still opened. The other photos we're blank just like the one that you posted.

Posted November 28, 2017, by Luke

It appears in thumbnail view, but when you click on it, this appears:

Posted November 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Photo number 6 is still appearing on Pinsdaddy. I know this is still a work-in-progress, but I wanted to let you know so that you could troubleshoot.

I did report them to the site that I believe is hosting but the host emailed me back and said they couldn't do anything because they're just a host or some bologna like that. Essentially they are ignoring all dmca takedown requests.

There are a few blogs on the internet where people are discussing this new Pinsdaddy website and any possible sites that might be hosting it. A few people are kicking around the idea of a class action lawsuit. I don't know if I don't get that far but we shall see.

But for now they are still able to use Photo number 6 from this page.

Posted November 22, 2017, by Rob Hardman (adiaga [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is closed, demolished and a new bridge is being constructed. Opening date is December or January.

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.

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.

Posted October 29, 2017, by Randy B. Fry (randybfry [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Now gone

C&O Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted October 26, 2017, by Justin shows footings for a roadway that would well exceed the width of an early car.

C&O Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted October 25, 2017, by Anonymous

Thank you for the recommendation, I looked at the "Imagery" there appears to be a wooden ramp going up one side but I do not see evidence of a road. There appears to be a four foot walkway but the average car in the '20's was between five and seven feet. Again, hard to believe there was a road on the bridge. Impossible, perhaps not, I do not believe the "imagery" bears it out.

C&O Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted October 25, 2017, by Justin

Try looking at the imagery in the link before commenting.

C&O Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted October 25, 2017, by Anonymous

Hard to see how this had a one way road on it

Deer Creek Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted October 20, 2017, by Brian Powell

There was a new bridge built by the adjacent private landowner. It is not open to the public.

Posted October 19, 2017, by Brian Powell

Both the Little Coal and Big Coal pedestrian bridges are owned by the West Virginia Division of Highways. The Big Coal bridge is County Route 15/14, and the Little Coal bridge is County Route 13/22.

The land where the two bridges meet was donated to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in 2016 to become Forks of Coal State Natural Area. WVDNR has established a series of trails, including one which basically leads to the bridges. Now that the bridges abut a park and are more accessible, maybe there will be more interest in repairing them.

Posted October 16, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One has to consider a couple of other factors here as well...

*The bridge is still in use on Federal Highway US 250, and some of the strengthening can be attributed to that. The 2 concrete piers were added in 1934 probably for that very reason.

*After being damaged by flooding in 1985, the bridge was nearly destroyed in 1989. A gasoline tanker was filling underground tanks at a nearby gas station when the fuel overflowed down a hill and onto the bridge. A hot muffler from a car crossing ignited it and set the bridge on fire heavily damaging it. The people jumped from the car before it rolled back to the entrance of the bridge. The bridge was renovated and reopened in 1991 costing 1.4 Million dollars. And although steel was added underneath to strengthen the weakened superstructure, as much of the original trusses as possible were retained.

Given all that this iconic structure has been through, I think I can overlook the additions that have helped it survive. Many covered spans that have been through much less have unfortunately had much to all of their historic integrity lost.

Posted October 16, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)


Its a pretty mixed bag, with both variations in policy depending on what state you are in and what time it was done and the location/traffic of the bridge. For example in the 60's and early 70's it was very common in my home state of Vermont to add steel supports or even remove the entire bottom of the bridge and replace it with and independent steel and concrete bridge, retaining the authentic cover. At the time this was seen as progressive, but by the late 70's and 80's the sentiment moved more towards in-kind restoration and preservation. Today we have a comprehensive policy towards rehabilitation and maintenance of covered bridges that keeps them working as their original framers intended.

Cross over the Connecticut river into New Hampshire and there are only a handful of covered bridges with steel supports. Most of them were modified way back in the early 1900's with the addition of large laminated wooden arches. These modifications are old enough to be historic in their own right, and look more 'natural' then steel supports. Fortunately these arches strengthened them sufficiently to survive without further modification.

Certainly though it can be said that more covered bridges have been modified then any of us would like to see. I feel like there has been an increase in awareness for historic integrity of covered bridges though, so hopefully we won't see more of these modifications in the future.

Posted October 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is possible. I am much more familiar with metal truss bridges in the Midwest.

Posted October 15, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

Robert, I disagree because the overwhelming majority of bridges I have seen in many states do not have any steel underneath and the truss still supports the bridge. It takes away from the character of the bridge and to me, makes it less authentic. Perhaps different states just have different ideas about "restoration"

Posted October 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I have not looked at as many covered bridges as some people have on here, but in my limited experience it seems to me that a lot of covered bridges have steel stringers underneath them now. In fact, I would suspect that the overwhelming majority of them have steel stringers.

I visited this bridge a couple years ago. It is really an incredible structure despite having had a few reconstructions over the years.


Posted October 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the update. It looks like the tunnel might be open again. That would be great news.


Posted October 10, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

Visited this bridge on October 8, 2017 and it is open to traffic once again. I was disappointed to see how much metal work is running underneath the bridge supporting it.

Posted October 10, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen (mjurgensen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This photo of the Carnifex tunnel was taken on October 7, 2017. (A fun note - I was sitting on a horse when it was taken!) Look for the old mile marker, #58 a few hundred yards before you get to the tunnel

Posted September 14, 2017, by Jason Rhodhouse (Rhodes130 [at] aol [dot] com)

Actual name of the bridge is the Kanawha Bridge and Terminal Company as per the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Kanawha Subdivision Side track Record and Charts PGs 74-75. The Bridge was purchased by the C&O around 1922 to 25, and one can still read the C&O lettering on the bridge above Kanawha Boulevard, on a good day. Last trains to cross the bridge would have been in the late 80s.

Posted August 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame...

Even if this bridge was no longer functioning as a truss, it was still a beautiful structure in a beautiful location.

Cherry Hill Tunnel (West Virginia)
Posted July 6, 2017, by David Cranor (volcrano [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think this is the 1517 foot long Lough Tunnel on the Elk Creek Spur. Here's an old railway age article on its construction and opening.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Tom moore (Tom [dot] movgh [at] gmail [dot] com)

Only 2 recorded deaths not 3. Harry Nichols and Arthur Boggs. The third person only suffered an ankle injury.

Posted June 20, 2017, by John Marvig

I would say the deck girder span is a modern span. I've seen spans similar to this with the fish belly type. Normally, they replace a truss.

Posted June 19, 2017, by Luke

Robert, the tunnel is fine/was looking at getting worked on in 2015, apparently, but the steel stringer replaced a 1950s tee beam per the NBI.

Posted June 19, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The NBI indicates a modern bridge here, but from what I understand, the trail goes through an old railroad tunnel. Are there some locals here who could chime in?

Railfans...your turn as well...

Posted June 16, 2017, by Anonymous

I'm not sure this tunnel is abandoned. It looks like it still has traffic.

Posted May 31, 2017, by Luke

"The name Hawk's Nest derived from the many fish hawks which inhabited the massive cliffs at this point. When the railroad began blasting in the area between 1869 and 1873, the hawks left the site and never returned. ",_West_Virginia

Posted May 31, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

Interesting bridge.But who coined Hawk's Nest for this area is what I am wondering?