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Elk Creek Bridge

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West face

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in November 2019

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BH Photo #461515

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Description 

Pony truss bridge over Elk Creek on former County Road 57/2. This entire road appears to have been abandoned by the county, as it is just a muddy track past the bridge. The bridge itself however remains open with a posted 3-ton weight limit, and it appears that it is being used by farmers to reach fields on the south side of Elk Creek.

The superstructure and substructure look basically sound, but the wooden deck is in very poor shape. The bridge carries a natural gas pipe, which seems to be leaking, judging from the unmistakable aroma of gas around the bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss bridge over Elk Creek on abandoned CR 57/2
Location
Harrison County, West Virginia
Status
Abandoned by state, but still in use by farmers to reach fields. Posted for load.
History
Built 1905
Design
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17330, -80.23468   (decimal degrees)
39°10'24" N, 80°14'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/566109/4336286 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brownton
Inventory number
BH 49615 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2019: New photo from Roger Deschner
  • September 14, 2011: Added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted December 2, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hmmm, don't know why the NBI number isn't showing up, but this remained listed as late/recently as 1992, and it was "open" then as well. But then it completely disappears in 1996, so it was written off fairly quickly, so to speak.

Still, that gives an idea of how long ago the state stopped keeping up the road.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted December 1, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Though Google Maps shows County Road 57/2 to be open, it is clearly no longer maintained, and has deteriorated to muddy tracks. The bridge itself is technically open, and appears to still be in use by farmers to reach their fields. The deck is in the worst condition.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted August 23, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge or the road doesn't even show up on the official 2011 General Highway Map for Harrison County as published by the WVDOT.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2011, by J.P.

State listed this bridge as replaced, I don't think its actually being used anymore except for farmers traffic as the road is nonexistent after the bridge.