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South Branch Potomac River Bridge


South Branch Potomac River Bridge, Nov 2009

There's a plain concrete bridge just on the other side.

Photo taken by Jean Huets


BH Photo #162511



Abandoned through truss bridge over South Branch Potomac River on US 220
Pendleton County, West Virginia
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1923
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 204.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.80592, -79.27605   (decimal degrees)
38°48'21" N, 79°16'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/649691/4296651 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Upper Tract
Inventory number
BH 35450 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2010: New photos from Jean Huets
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



South Branch Potomac River Bridge
Posted April 18, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Are they planning to leave this bridge in place as a relic?

I see your point. Very little about those monstrosities says "bridge" to me. You'll know what I'm talking about when I refer to them as "concs".

South Branch Potomac River Bridge
Posted April 18, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree with the below statement. That's why I don't use the term UCEB and I instead call them "slabs of concrete" or simply "slabs" since those terms avoid the use of the word "bridge."

South Branch Potomac River Bridge
Posted April 17, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

UCEB's or, "plain concrete bridges" as mentioned too, should not be called "bridges" even though they serve as as "bridges". They are, to me, simply "overpasses", not "bridges". Missouri built an "overpass" in Glasgow, and one will be finished in Miami. A "bridge" has visual characterisics, "overpasses" are just plain ugly concrete os steel stringer eyesores... too me aren't "bridges" at all.