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Fayette Station Bridge


Fayette Station Bridge

Taken from the overlook to the big bridge on US 19.

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in May 2007


BH Photo #133869

Street Views 


Fayette Station Bridge was the first bridge to cross the New River in Fayette County, West Virginia. The bridge was a result of the road building process when it was a local issue instead of the jurisdiction of the state and federal levels of government. The bridge eliminated the necessity for travelers to cross the dangerous New River in the gorge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Through truss bridge over New River on CR 82
Fayette County, West Virginia
Open to one-way southbound traffic
Built 1889; closed to traffic in 1977; reconstructed 1997
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 277.9 ft.
Total length: 420.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Townsend's Ferry Bridge. Tunney Hunsaker Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.06473, -81.07711   (decimal degrees)
38°03'53" N, 81°04'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/493235/4213000 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 39954 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 14, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • February 25, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 7, 2017: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • November 6, 2017: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • October 30, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Noted that direction of 1-way traffic is southbound
  • January 17, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 4, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 25, 2015: New photo from Irma Hale
  • December 27, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 3, 2013: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • September 10, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from Tom Hall
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from James Simmons
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: alternate name
  • February 21, 2009: Added by Bob Morgan

Related Bridges 


  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Bridges and Tunnels by Shermal Cahal - history of Fayetteville Station Bridge
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • James Simmons - james [at] simmons [dot] net
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • HAER WV-60 - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayette, Fayette County, WV
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Fayette Station Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I would describe it as a replica (albeit using bolts instead of rivets) that reused a few original members in the replica. A very small number of members on the bridge are original. If you look close you will find a few Phoenix brands on the steel. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wv...

Fayette Station Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge rehabilitated, or was it completely remanufactured in 1997? The NPS ranger at the US 19 bridge overlook called it a "replica" bridge. I just visited this bridge, and I was amazed that nearly all rivets had been replaced with bolts - giving its built-up latticework a very bumpy appearance. Some parts are definitely original, such as the main upper and lower chords. However some members, such as eyebars, look very smooth and new. But I have to wonder, how much of it is actually original, other than the design?

BTW after 20 years, the 1997 wooden deck is definitely deteriorating.

If visiting, stop first at the NPS US 19 bridge overlook to pick up a free CD guided tour of Fayette Station Road.