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Tall Bridges

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Tall Steel, Wood, or Concrete Bridges that cross deep valleys or rivers or fjords. This can also include structures set deep in mud and silt but sits just on water surfaces.

NS - Big Otter River Bridge (S) (Campbell County, Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Big Otter River on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Blackwater Creek Bridge (Lynchburg, Virginia)
ca1910
Deck plate girder bridge over Blackwater Creek on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Bold Branch Bridge (Bedford County, Virginia)
Built 1907
Deck plate girder bridge over Bold Branch on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Bootleg Trestle (Scott County, Virginia)
Built 1937
Deck plate girder bridge over SR 871 on N&S
Open to traffic

NS - Brushy Creek Viaduct (Marion County, Alabama)
Built in 1907 for the Illinois Central Railway; purchased by Norfolk Southern in 1988; route abandoned 1992; demolished 1996
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Brushy Creek
Demolished in 1996

NS - Chautauqua Creek Trestle (Chautauqua County, New York)
Built 1903; strengthened 1943
Deck plate girder bridge over Chautauqua Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Compton Trestle (Page County, Virginia)
Built ca. 1915
Deck girder bridge over Unnamed Road and Dry Run on Norfolk Southern Railroad
Open to traffic

NS - Conneaut Creek Viaduct (Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Built 1940
Deck plate girder bridge over Conneaut Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Copper Creek Viaduct (Scott County, Virginia)
Built 1932
Steel stringer bridge over Rte 627 on Railroad (NS)
Open to traffic

NS - Cotton Mill Trestle (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Built 1906
Deck plate girder bridge over Fishing Creek/Carroll Ave/NSRR on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Covel Viaduct (Wyoming County, West Virginia)
Built ca. 1907 for the Virginian Railway
Deck girder bridge over incorporated town of Covel, CR 10/30 & Gooney Otter Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - East River Bridge (Mercer County, West Virginia)
Deck girder bridge over I-77 and Rocky Hollow on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Elk Creek Viaduct (Erie County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1902, rehabilitated 1944
Deck girder bridge over Elk Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Fivemile Creek Viaduct (Mercer County, West Virginia)
Built 1918
Deck plate girder bridge over WV112/Fivemile Creek on Railroad (NS)
Open to traffic

NS - Grand River Trestle (Lake County, Ohio)
Built 1905
Steel trestle over Grand River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Replaced by a new bridge

NS - Hatchett Creek Trestle (Coosa County, Alabama)
Built ca. 1924
Deck plate girder bridge over Hatchett Creek
Open to traffic

NS - James River Trestle (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Built 1911
Deck plate girder bridge over James River on Norfolk Southern Railroad
Open to traffic

NS - Little Opossum Creek Bridge (Campbell County, Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Opossum Creek on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Micajah Viaduct (Wyoming County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Beartown Fork on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - New River Bridge (1963) (Scott County, Tennessee)
Built 1963 to bypass Robbins Tunnel (T15) and several fault lines on old railroad
Warren deck truss bridge over New River on Cincinnati Southern (Norfolk-Southern) Railroad
Open to traffic

NS - Opossum Creek Bridge (East) (Campbell County, Virginia)
Built 1907
Deck plate girder bridge over Opossum Creek on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Portage Viaduct (1903) (Wyoming County, New York)
Built 1903 reusing 1875 substructure; rehabilitated 1944; bypassed with new bridge and abandoned Dec. 2017; demolition begun Jan. 2018.
Deck truss bridge over Genesee River on Norfolk Southern Railway north of Portageville


NS - Powell River Trestle (Wise County, Virginia)
Replaced an earlier timber trestle at some unknown time. Line was constructed in 1925 or 1926
Deck plate girder bridge over South Fork of Powell River on Norfolk & Southern
Open to traffic

NS - Sleepy Hollow Road Trestle (Kenton County, Kentucky)
Built 1910
Deck plate girder bridge over Sleepy Hollow Road/Deverill Street on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Staunton River Bridge (Campbell County, Virginia)
Pratt deck truss bridge over Staunton River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Tardy Mountain Road Bridge (Campbell County, Virginia)
Built 1932 posted for load 9 tons
Steel stringer bridge over Tardy Mountain Rd on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Tussocky Creek Bridge (Campbell County, Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tussocky Creek on NSRR
Open to traffic

NS - Twenty Mile Creek Trestle (Erie County, Pennsylvania)
Strengthened 1936
Deck plate girder bridge over Twenty Mile Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Unnamed Creek Trestle (Kenton County, Kentucky)
Built 1906
Deck plate girder bridge over unnamed creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - US 340 Bridge (Page County, Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over US 340 and Unnamed Stream on Norfolk Southern Railroad
Open to traffic

NS - Walnut Creek Trestle (Erie County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1903; strengthened 1943
Deck plate girder bridge over Walnut Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Watkins Glen Bridge (Schuyler County, New York)
Built ca. 1935
Deck girder bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NS - Winchester Bridge (Adams County, Ohio)
Built 1975
Deck girder bridge over Elk Fork on Norfolk & Southern Railroad


NS - Winding Gulf Viaduct (N) (Raleigh County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Winding Gulf on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

NSSR - Big Sucker River Railroad Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Bridge over Big Sucker River on Lake Shore Railway Museum Ry
Open

NSSR - Little Sucker River Railroad Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Sucker River on Railroad
Open to traffic

NYC - Genesee River Bridge (Monroe County, New York)
Built 1887, Abandoned c1998
Abandoned deck truss bridge over Genesee River on New York Central RR (abandoned)
Abandoned

NYC - Negro Creek Bridge #1 (Bureau County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Negro Creek on Abandoned NYC RR
Intact but closed to all traffic

NYC - Watkins Glen Bridge (Schuyler County, New York)
Built ca. 1901, destroyed by flood in 1935
Lost Deck girder bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on former New York Central Railroad
Destroyed by flood

NYSW - Starrucca Viaduct (Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1847-48
Massive stone arch bridge over Starrucca Creek and frmr D&H RR on New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway at Lanesboro
Open to traffic

OW - Ferndale Trestle (Sullivan County, New York)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over valley & Mongaup River on New York, Ontario, & Western Railway
Removed

OW - Lyon Brook Bridge (Old) (Chenango County, New York)
Built 1869, replaced in 1894
Lost Deck truss bridge over Lyon Brook on former NY&OM/NYO&W Railroads northeast of Oxford
Replaced by a new bridge

OW - Orrs Mills Trestle (Orange County, New York)
Single-tracked 1946; abandoned 1957; removed prior to 1965
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Moodna Creek on New York, Ontario & Western Railroad
Removed but not replaced

Pacific States Lumber Company Cedar River Trestle (King County, Washington)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Cedar River on Pacific States Lumber Company Railroad over Cedar River
No longer exists

PAL - Clifty Creek Trestle (Grayson County, Kentucky)
Built 1934
Deck plate girder bridge over Clifty Creek on Paducah And Louisville Railroad
Open to traffic

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - Change Creek Bridge (King County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Change Creek on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - Hansen Creek Bridge (King County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hansen Creek on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - Hull Creek Bridge (King County, Washington)
Originally built 1910; Middle span built in 1998 after a 1988 storm caused a mudslide that destoyed the original middle spans.
Deck plate girder bridge over Hull Creek on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - Mine Creek Bridge (King County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mine Creek on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Pere Marquette - Manistee River High Bridge (Manistee County, Michigan)
Built 1889; Reinforced 1911; Removed 1955
Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Manistee River on former Pere Marquette Railroad in Wellston
Lost

Peter Guice Memorial Bridge (Henderson County, North Carolina)
Built 1968; rehabilitated 1997
Girder bridge over Green River on Interstate 26 and US 74 Westbound lanes
Open to traffic

Peter Guice Memorial Bridge (Henderson County, North Carolina)
Built 1968; rehabilitated 1997
Girder bridge over Green River on Interstate 26 and US 74 Eastbound lanes
Open to traffic

PLW - Elkton Viaduct (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Built 1887; closed to traffic 1942; removed 1943
Lost deck plate girder bridge over Elk Run on Pittsburgh, Lisbon and Western Railroad
Removed

PNWR - Holcomb Creek Trestle (Washington County, Oregon)
Built ca. 1905 for the interurban Oregon Electric Railway
Timber stringer bridge over Holcomb Creek and Dick Road on Portland and Western Railroad
Open to traffic

PNWTC - Chuckanut Bridge (Whatcom County, Washington)
Built 1911; Removed ca. 1930
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Chuckanut Creek on Pacific Northwest Traction Co.
Removed

PNWTC/GN Overpass (Whatcom County, Washington)
Built 1911; Removed ca. 1930. Crossed the Great Northern Railroad at MP 86.4 on the Bellingham Subdivision at Clayton Beach.
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Great Northern Railway on Pacific Northwest Traction Co.
Removed

PSN - Stony Brook Glen Bridge (1907) (Steuben County, New York)
Built 1907, abandoned in 1947
Lost Deck girder bridge over Stony Brook Glen on former Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad south of Dansville
Demolished

Quechee Gorge Bridge (Windsor County, Vermont)
Built 1911; Abandoned & converted to roadway use 1933; Rehabilitated 1989
Steel arch bridge over Ottauquechee River on US 4 in Hartford
Open to traffic

Rex T. Barber Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Built 2000 by Kiewit Pacific Company
Concrete arch bridge over Crooked River on US 97
Open to traffic

RI - Gasconade River Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Built 1902 by A.J. Tullock; out of service since 1980.
Pratt deck truss over Gasconade River on the Rock Island Railroad between Freeburg and Belle
Abandoned; Burned November 2017

RI - Haw Creek Bridge (Morgan County, Missouri)
Deck truss bridge over Haw Creek on former Rock Island RR
Line currently out of service

Rockdale Viaduct (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Replaced 1986
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Catfish Creek & Illinois Central Railroad on Rockdale Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Barnes Creek Trestle (Shoshone County, Idaho)
Built 1909.
Deck plate girder bridge over Barnes Creek on Route Of The Hiawatha Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Dominion Creek Viaduct (Mineral County, Montana)
Built 1909; Converted to trail use 2010
Deck plate girder bridge over Dominion Creek on Milwaukee Road Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Kelly Creek Trestle (Shoshone County, Idaho)
Built 1909.
Deck plate girder bridge over Kelly Creek on Route Of The Hiawatha Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Small Creek Trestle (Shoshone County, Idaho)
Built 1909.
Deck plate girder bridge over Small Creek on Route Of The Hiawatha Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Turkey Creek Trestle (Shoshone County, Idaho)
Built 1909.
Deck plate girder bridge over Turkey Creek on Route Of The Hiawatha Trail
Open to pedestrians only

SBD - Appomattox River Bridge (Petersburg, Virginia)
Dismantled 1983
Lost Bridge over Appomattox River on Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Removed but not replaced; Concrete arch pillars stand

SCR - Little Conemaugh River Viaduct (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1909; Removed ca. 1928
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Little Conemaugh River, Pennsylvania Railroad, Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad, & Maple Avenue on Southern Cambria Railway
Removed

SDIY - Goat Canyon Trestle (San Diego County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Goat Canyon on Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR)
Open to traffic

SG&C - Watkins Glen Bridge (Schuyler County, New York)
Built 1877, replaced ca. 1901
Lost Deck truss bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on former Syracuse Geneva and Corning Railroad
Replaced by new bridge

Short Line Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Built 1902
Deck truss bridge over Mississippi River on Railroad
Open to traffic

Smith Avenue High Bridge (New) (Ramsey County, Minnesota)
Built 1986
Tied Deck Arch bridge over Mississippi River & Railroad on Th 149 (Smith Ave)
Open to traffic

Smith Avenue High Bridge (Old) (Ramsey County, Minnesota)
Built 1887-89, five spans damaged by tornado in 1904, rebuilt in 1905, one northern span rehabilitated in 1933-34, closed to traffic in 1984, replaced in 1985
Lost deck truss bridge over Mississippi River and Canadian Pacific Railway on MN 149 at St. Paul
Replaced by new bridge

Snoqualmie Valley Trail - Tokul Creek Trestle (King County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tokul Creek on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

SOO - Ashland Ore Dock (Ashland County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder over Main/2nd Street built 1910; DPG over Front Street/Lake Shore Boulevard built 1917, DPG over Water Street built 1922; Abandoned 1965;Removed 2011-2013
Lost Ore dock + Viaduct over Burlington Northern Railroad, Water Street, St. Claire Street, Front Street/Lake Shore Boulevard, Main Street/2nd Street, & Bay City Creek
Removed but not replaced

Soo Line High Bridge (Washington County, Minnesota)
Built 1910-11 by Wisconsin Central RR replacing a bridge downstream.
Steel arch bridge over St. Croix River on Canadian National Railroad
Open to traffic

SOU - Frost Creek Trestle (Walker County, Alabama)
Built 1932
Deck girder bridge over Al 18 on Southern RR
Open to traffic

Spanish Creek Bridge (1932) (Plumas County, California)
Built 1932; replaced 2012
Lost deck truss bridge over Spanish Creek on CA 70
Replaced by a new bridge

Stewart Wooden Bridge (Schuyler County, Illinois)
Wooden trestle w/deck plate girder main span over BNSF Railroad on Sugar Creek Bottom Road
Open to traffic

Thomas Creek Bridge (Curry County, Oregon)
Built 1961
Continuous Warren deck truss bridge over Thomas Creek on US 101
Open to traffic

TMERL - Grafton Viaduct (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Built 1906; Removed ?
Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co.
Removed

Tunnel Hill State Trail - Breeden Trestle (Johnson County, Illinois)
Steel trestle on the Tunnel Hill State Trail (originally Cairo and Vincennes Railroad) over a branch of Little Cache Creek, southwest of Tunnel Hill
Open to pedestrians and bicyclists only

Turners Falls-Gill Bridge (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Built 1937
Warren Deck truss with all verticals bridge over Connecticut River on Avenue A in Gill
Open to traffic

Twin City Rapid Transit - Hopkins Viaduct (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway/Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on Twin Cities Rapid Transit
Removed

Two Medicine River Bridge (Glacier County, Montana)
Built 1941; rehabilitated 1985; Replaced 2012
Deck truss bridge over Two Medicine River on US 2 in East Glacier Park Village
Replaced by a new bridge

UP - Benicia Railroad Trestle (Solano County, California)
Built 1925
Deck plate girder bridge on Union Pacific Railroad over Sulphur Creek, Baytown Road & Industrial Way
Open to traffic

UP - Big Papillon Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Built 1907
Deck plate girder bridge over Big Papillon Creek/Trail on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Canadian River Trestle (Quay County, New Mexico)
Deck plate girder bridge over Canadian River on the Union Pacific Railroad in Logan
Open to railroad

UP - Chippewa River Bridge (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Built 1880, approach added 1898, abandoned 2007, Became a trail summer 2015; Rehabilitated 2021-22
Lattice Deck Truss over Chippewa River on Former Union Pacific Railroad
Open to pedestrians only

UP - Clear Creek Trestle (Plumas County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Clear Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Clio Trestle (Plumas County, California)
Built 1909
Deck plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Gaviota Creek Bridge (Santa Barbara County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Gaviota Creek on Coast Line So. Pacific RR


UP - Kate Shelley High Bridge (1901) (Boone County, Iowa)
Built 1899-1901, bypassed in 2007-09
Deck truss bridge over Des Moines River on Union Pacific Railroad west of Boone
Bypassed

UP - Kate Shelley High Bridge (2009) (Boone County, Iowa)
Built 2007-09 to replace parallel deck truss bridge
Concrete Beam and Deck Plate Girder over Des Moines River on Union Pacific Railroad west of Boone
Open to traffic

UP - Keddie Wye Bridge (Plumas County, California)
First leg built 1909, second leg, creating Wye built 1931
Warren deck truss bridge over Spanish Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Little Papillion Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Built 1905
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Papillion Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Long Ravine Trestle (Placer County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Highway I-80 on Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak
Open to traffic

UP - Madrid High Bridge (1973) (Boone County, Iowa)
Built 1973; Abandoned in 2003; Removed in 2004 to be reused in the new Kate Shelley Bridge
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Des Moines River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
Removed

UP - Pecos River High Bridge (Val Verde County, Texas)
Built 1944, replacing an earlier 1892 viaduct
Massive cantilevered deck truss bridge over Pecos River on the Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic