Cheat River Rte 50 Bridge
Appears to be in good shape very little rust
Photo taken by John Goold in September 2011
BH Photo #212848
I think the Satellite sweep hasn't been by this bridge in sometime and it recently received a new paint job.
That is odd, the street views shows severe rusting but my photos don't.
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.
It seems like this bridge received a new coat of paint in the last year or so.
There were several covered bridges over the Cheat that were taken out by the 1985 flood. This could have been one of them.
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.