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North Fork Hughes River Bridge

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Street Scene showing the bridge.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in October 2013

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BH Photo #268407

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over North Fork Hughes River on WV 31 in Cairo
Location
Ritchie County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1925
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Design
Riveted Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 184.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.20981, -81.15893   (decimal degrees)
39°12'35" N, 81°09'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/486278/4340072 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cairo
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
750
Inventory number
BH 35542 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Builder
  • September 14, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been demolished
  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 15, 2013: New photo from Robert Elder
  • October 1, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • April 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated GPS and info.

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Comments 

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

You probably would know of more/better places to look than I would Robert RE: when it was demolished, but a Google sweep did turn up something else interesting.

West Virginia's Highways Through History page for this bridge has several additional photos of it, including several detailed shots focused on the trusses and a few of the underside, and it also states that this was the work of the Vincennes Bridge Company.

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, it was in West Virginia so...

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have driven over this bridge many times, but the last time I drove over it was in October of last year. Thus, I'm guessing that it was demolished sometime early this year. If somebody can nail down an exact date, please let us know. I will try to do some more research on this myself. Cairo is a very historic town and this bridge was very much a part of the community.

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually, I have spent quite a bit of time in this area although I have mostly photographed tunnels instead of bridges in West Virginia. I have a lot of family in this area.

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You've ventured out of your normal territory Mr. Elder!

North Fork Hughes River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just returned from a trip to West Virginia. This bridge has been demolished. There is a temporary bridge in use. The new bridge is nearing completion.