Photo taken by Ronald Wilson
BH Photo #167295
The bridge was demolished in 2011. I have pictures of the old bridge (taken May 2011) and the bypass under construction (taken August 2011).
The road on the north side looks like a one-lane un-maintained path, not a full highway as the main road appears to be, based on Street View. The old road on the south side doesn't even go in the same direction as the new road. Sounds like someone in the DOT has friends in the road construction / logging industry looking for quick work.
I just looked at this site on Google Earth, and this is an absolute joke. I figured this bridge was sitting right next to it's replacement, but it's not even close. And unless the old alignment of the road leading up to both ends of this span have been maintained, it will cost money just to upgrade it. Why would they not simply build a temporary bridge right next to the current one. Sounds to me like the kingpins at the WVDOT are trying to out think themselves. Can we label them as PennDOT wannabe's?
They must be getting advise from PennDOT........or they are coveting one of these......................
This spectacular pin-connected Pennsylvania through bridge has been sitting minding its own business for decades. Now, WVDOT is replacing the nearby in-use WV-9 bridge and came up with what they thought was a great idea: Demolish the historic truss bridge to make way for a temporary bridge during construction of the new bridge! It remains unclear why this bridge cannot simply be set on shore as a non-functional exhibit or marked and stored in a DOT yard somewhere for future reuse. These are all low cost preservation options, which should be undertaken given the extreme rarity of this bridge.