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Chelyan Bridge

Photos 

View Northwest, South End

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #312182

Map 

Description 

This bridge, spanning the Kanawha River at Chelyan, was constructed in 1928-29. The construction of the bridge showed how the volume of traffic increased as advances were made in the automobile industry and the automobile became more in demand. It was also evidence of the increase in coal production. Consisting of seventeen spans, it is an excellent example of an early twentieth century steel bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on Route 61 Spur
Location
Chelyan, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1929; Replaced 1995
Builder
- J. E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, Maryland & Chicago, Illinois
Design
Cantilevered Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 450.2 ft.
Total length: 1,359.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.19806, -81.49613   (decimal degrees)
38°11'53" N, 81°29'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/456558/4227907 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Grove
Inventory number
BH 65256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER WV-46 - Chelyan Bridge, Spanning Kanawha River at U.S. Route 61 spur, Chelyan, Kanawha County, WV