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US50 Cheat River Bridge

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Cheat River Rte 50 Bridge

Appears to be in good shape very little rust

Photo taken by John Goold in September 2011

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BH Photo #212848

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Facts 

Overview
Three-span through truss bridge over Cheat River on US 50
Location
Preston County, West Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1987
Design
Riveted Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 460.0 ft.
Deck width: 28.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31982, -79.65667   (decimal degrees)
39°19'11" N, 79°39'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/615797/4353129 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rowlesburg
Inventory number
BH 35472 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
1,000

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • September 8, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • September 6, 2011: New photos from John Goold
  • June 3, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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Comments 

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted October 3, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think the Satellite sweep hasn't been by this bridge in sometime and it recently received a new paint job.

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted September 11, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That is odd, the street views shows severe rusting but my photos don't.

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted September 9, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually the covered bridge burned to the ground in 1964. It was not used after the building of the current through truss bridge. This truss bridge also must have recently been painted because my photos don't show the rust that the street view does. Hopefully this bodes well for this beautiful bridge.

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted September 9, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It seems like this bridge received a new coat of paint in the last year or so.

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted September 8, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There were several covered bridges over the Cheat that were taken out by the 1985 flood. This could have been one of them.

Cheat River US 50 Bridge
Posted September 7, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is this the only time US 50 crosses the Cheat River in West Virginia? I have an old post card possibly from the late 60s of a Cheat River double-barreled covered bridge along US 50 that was closed when the photo was taken. Could this through truss be what bypassed and replaced it? I wonder what and when was the fate of the covered bridge. Anyway with the through truss, it does look like its in great shape. Structurally Deficient at 45.6 could be elimated if the superstructure is worked on and the whole bridge is maintained routinely. 28.5 feet wide is almost not narrow at all, and around 1200 vehicles a day is not too busy. This would be a great example of a state/US highway through truss being kept around for what it was built for especially in the mountain-like setting.