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CSX - Colonial Parkway Bridge


South Elevation Of C & O Railroad Underpass Portion Of Bridge

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #312635

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The C&O Railroad Underpass represents a typical 1930s brick-faced arch reinforced concrete bridge constructed on the Colonial Parkway. Charles Peterson based his design of this bridge on the 1860 brick arch viaduct of the Central of Georgia Railway in Savannah, Georgia. While using stylistic elements of colonial architecture such as arches and Flemish and English bond brickwork, this bridge also reflects the effort on the part of the designers to have the underpass complement the natural environment of the Tidewater area through its subdued exterior decorations and color as well as its relatively short physical dimensions.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Arch bridge over Colonial Parkway and separate pedestrian walkway on CSX Railroad in Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia
Open to traffic above and below
Built 1936
- C.Y. Thomason Co. of Greenwood, South Carolina
- Charles E. Peterson
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Closed-spandrel arch with brick facing
Length of largest span: 50.9 ft.
Total length: 142.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.27547, -76.69900   (decimal degrees)
37°16'32" N, 76°41'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/349370/4126785 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1985)
Inventory numbers
VA 22333 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33793 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 1989)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 26, 2021: New Street View added by Roger Deschner
  • March 25, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 7, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Removed duplicate listings


  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER VA-48-C - Colonial Parkway, C&O Railroad Underpass, Milepost 12.54 of Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, York County, VA
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com


Lafayette Street Bridge
Posted May 4, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is an interesting pair of bridges. There are additional similar but smaller bridges elsewhere over this parkway.