3 votes

Tug Fork Bridge


CR 7/13 Tug Fork Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in June 2010


BH Photo #168356


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Through truss bridge over Tug Fork on CR 7/13
McDowell County, West Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built or relocated here in 1907
Main span: Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss with Phoenix columns
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Total length: 178.2 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.47291, -81.67609   (decimal degrees)
37°28'22" N, 81°40'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/440218/4147550 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory number
BH 35373 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 15, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI data,
  • June 24, 2010: New photos from C Hanchey
  • April 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS and info.



Tug Fork Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. It is completely inexcusable. This was one of the rarest and most significant historic bridges in the entire state of West Virginia. Why did they do it? Probably because its West Virginia. This is a state that blows up its own mountains and poisons its own drinking water just for the sake of business. Beauty, heritage, health, well-being, thinking to the future? These things are all elements to be destroyed in the interest of short-term profit.

Tug Fork Bridge
Posted April 13, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

OK, I'm seriously pissed! Why on earth was no effort made to preserve this Phoenix Column bridge?!?

The bridge is now lost!:


Tug Fork Bridge
Posted June 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The concrete piers and plate girder approach spans do seem to suggest a bridge that was built in 1907 using the 19th Century truss span for the main span.

Tug Fork Bridge
Posted June 24, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Phoenix columns throughout and very unique portal bracing. This is a real gem! Obviously the 1907 date is incorrect as this bridge would appear to be 1880's vintage. May have been relocated from somewhere else in 1907.