3 votes

4th Street Bridge


East elevation

Taken from Benoni Avenue

Photo taken by Andrew Goodrich in 2014


BH Photo #323183

Street View 


This bridge is a contributing resource to a Historic District


Concrete cantilevered bridge over Benoni Ave & Coal Run on Fourth Street
Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1912; altered 1940?; replaced 2015
- Layton F. Smith of Baltimore, Maryland
Concrete rigid frame
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 251.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 2001
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.48151, -80.15036   (decimal degrees)
39°28'53" N, 80°09'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/573071/4370556 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fairmont West
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 01001330 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45506 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 16, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 15, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Evidence suggests this dates as far back as 1912; was also replaced in 2015
  • January 31, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
  • April 20, 2015: New photos from Andrew Goodrich
  • September 29, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • June 15, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



4th Street Bridge
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

OK, there's a lot to digest here.

First off, I'm wondering where the circa 1920 date comes from. Because another source (link provided) offers 1912, and...it does offer up some reasonable evidence to support that. The same source describes this as a cantilevered rigid frame rather than a girder; it also gives the date of the District's NRHP listing. (As does Wiki, which also had its number.)

I'm estimating on the replacement year; the two Fourth Street entries on the NBI last appear there in 2012 - without checking, 2015 seems like a reasonable approximation. But those entries, when listed, gave a build year of 1940 - I'm wondering if instead, this bridge was altered that year. The balustrade railings detail - the ones that were the original - comes from old photographs seen in both links.