2 votes

Greenbrier River Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hall in July 2007


BH Photo #163756


Street View 


Lost concrete arch bridge over Greenbrier River on WV 66 in Cass
Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Demolished and replaced.
Built 1917
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 66.9 ft.
Total length: 150.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39630, -79.91414   (decimal degrees)
38°23'47" N, 79°54'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/594821/4250344 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory number
BH 35457 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 7, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • November 1, 2011: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • April 27, 2010: New photo from Tom Hall


  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Greenbrier River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2012, by Brian Powell (bpowell [at] bitmapped [dot] net)

This bridge has been demolished. Its replacement is a girder structure but they did try to emulate some of the railing of the old bridge.

Greenbrier River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is one I discovered in Richmond, Indiana this summer. It is long abandoned and missing many of the balusters but is still quite a site. The railing on the Southeast corner extends off of the bridge an amazing 150 feet.


Greenbrier River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ah, yes, balustrade railing with urn-shaped balusters. Very rare indeed on bridges today. In my state of Michigan, we used to have a lot in Wayne County (Detroit), as well as in Flint, but most of this has been destroyed. Surviving examples tend to suffer from missing balusters, which seems to be the case with this bridge here as well.

On an unrelated sidenote, one of the best places to see this railing design preserved is in Chicago along Wacker Drive and the associated stairways that adjoin the many historic bascule bridges along Wacker Drive.

Greenbrier River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This type of decorative railing is becoming rare. It's nice to see some here even in poor condition.