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1st Street Bridge


Bridge deck

Main span from the south

Photo taken by Chris Patriarca

BH Photo #194389

Street View 


A new pony truss pedestrian bridge was constructed at the location of the old bridge. The new bridge is named the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge.

According to The Roanoke Times the bridge was renovated in 2007 not replaced. It appears they removed one of the original 2 trusses and replaced it with pony plate girders. The Roanoke Times also claims this is the last truss in Roanoke.


Pony truss bridge on 1st Street over the NS Railroad yard
Roanoke, Virginia
converted to pedestrian bridge
Built 1892.; Renovated in 2007 Built by N&W Railway
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 316.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Henry Street Bridge
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.27336, -79.94236   (decimal degrees)
37°16'24" N, 79°56'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/593768/4125722 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1994)
Inventory numbers
VA 21596 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2002)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • March 7, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Design
  • February 20, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 18, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added date, added to description,add approach
  • February 27, 2011: New Street View added by Chris Patriarca
  • April 10, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was replaced by a new pony truss


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Chris P.
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com