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Roaring Run Bridge


Bow String Arch Truss Bridge

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

View this photo at panoramio.com

BH Photo #265228

Street View 


Bridge is located in Rest Area off I-81 Northbound above Exit 128 Route 603.


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Ditch on Walkway
Montgomery County, Virginia
Open to pedestrians
Built by the King Bridge Co. in 1878 Over Roaring Creek in Bedford County VA, closed in 1971. Relocated to present location in 1977; Oldest metal bridge in Virginia
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 2013
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.23919, -80.22446   (decimal degrees)
37°14'21" N, 80°13'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/568788/4121688 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 12001136 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 49652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,304)
Bowstring pony truss (346)
Bowstring truss (664)
Built 1878 (105)
Built during 1870s (1,254)
Have street view (28,872)
King Bridge Co. (435)
Montgomery County, Virginia (26)
NR-listed (3,014)
One-lane traffic (7,830)
Open to pedestrians (4,580)
Owned by state (16,547)
Painted red (70)
Pony truss (17,004)
Preserved (1,229)
Relocated (1,034)
Truss (35,365)
Virginia (1,381)
Wooden deck (6,160)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2021: New Street View added by Dave King
  • March 22, 2019: New photos from Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added relocation date per NRHP Nomination.
  • February 22, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added categories "Wooden deck", "One-lane traffic", "Relocated"
  • June 27, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Improved location
  • February 26, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • August 31, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Imported photos and added to history
  • September 18, 2011: Added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • flickr picture of bridge - Flickr Picture of Bridge
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips


Roaring Run Bridge
Posted January 18, 2012, by Bruce Harper (bharper [at] vt [dot] edu)

See http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/01/2010-16.html for a Virginia Tech news story about a VT civil engineering student and her research study of this bridge. Elaine Huffman was an undergradute who did computer modeling and live load testing on the historic bridge.

Roaring Run Bridge
Posted September 18, 2011, by J.P.

State claims this bowstring to the oldest Iron Bridge in Virgina.