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West Prestonsburg Bridge


West Prestonsburg Rainbow Arch Bridge

Looking east from West Prestonsburg

Photo taken by Bob Davis on March 25, 2009


BH Photo #136397


Street Views 


Concrete through arch bridge over Levista Fork on West Bridge Street in Prestonsburg
Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky
Closed to all traffic
Built 1925 by Steel & Lebby Contracting Co.
- Steel & Lebby Bridge Co. of Knoxville, Tennessee
Rainbow arch
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 18, 1989
Also called
Levista Fork Bridge to West Prestonsburg
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.67231, -82.77915   (decimal degrees)
37°40'20" N, 82°46'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/343096/4170947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89000397 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42189 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 22, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 26, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 18, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • June 12, 2009: New photos from J.P.
  • April 2, 2009: Added by Bob Davis



West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted November 22, 2018, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually one of two in Prestonsburg. The other was known as the Town Branch Bridge and located at the south end of the city. It was closed in the 80's and replaced in the early 2000's. The more famous bridge (this one) was closed to vehicular traffic in 1979 and pedestrians in 2008. Good luck to the city in trying to fix this one. It almost looks too far gone to be saved.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted September 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a Marsh Arch on Steroids!

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted September 22, 2017, by Mike Boyd (ammochief [at] aol [dot] com)

I agree with Tony and Wayne as well. I was surprised of all the references to it and as a visitor, just accidentally saw it as we were leaving. We had spent a lot of time looking for it. Then trying to find information on it after I got home was difficult.

I was told by a local contractor, there were only two of this type ever built in the US and this one is the only one still standing. Is this true?

Magnificent piece of history.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted February 15, 2016, by P. Smith (pasmith1967 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The city council is looking into repairs to open the bridge to pedestrians.


West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted November 10, 2011, by Clark

Surprising that it is closed to all traffic, considering that the city of Prestonsburg features it prominently in the city seal and on signs and other adverting for the city. Check out the logo at http://www.prestonsburgky.org/

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I concur with Tony. This is a most impressive bridge esp. for concrete.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Concrete bridges don't normally do much for me......but this one is impressive.

West Prestonsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by kim

Is there any preservation/restoration scheduled for this bridge? I would love to see it become a working bridge, at the very least to foot and bicycle traffic.