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Lilly Bridge


Lilly Bridge

A view from the boat ramp under the bridge

Photo taken by Loyd Lowry


BH Photo #223382

Street View 


A 5-span cantilevered thru-truss supported by concrete abutments and 4 concrete piers. Span 3 and 4 fell in 1948 during construction, killing several workers. One of 7 remaining cantilever truss bridges in West Virginia.


Lost Warren Cantilever through truss bridge over Bluestone Lake on WV 20
Summers County, West Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1950; Replaced 2015
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Riveted Cantilever through truss
Length of largest span: 277.9 ft.
Total length: 1,163.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Also called
Bluestone Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.61153, -80.91765   (decimal degrees)
37°36'42" N, 80°55'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/507268/4162718 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory number
BH 35582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 11, 2016: New photo from Mark Yurina
  • November 16, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is demolished and replaced.
  • February 17, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • October 10, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • January 22, 2012: New photos from Loyd Lowry
  • January 18, 2012: Updated by Loyd Lowry: additional details
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Loyd Lowry
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This is a cantilever.



Lilly Bridge
Posted September 1, 2014, by Marc Johnston (163komet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just found this site, and thought my photos may be of interest. Was just at the bridge this weekend.

Bluestone Lake Bridge
Posted January 17, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yea, it is true. The phones are ringing off the hook at the controlled demolition contractors. There is not a recession for demo boys EH!!!!!

Bluestone Lake Bridge
Posted January 17, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its a historic cantilever truss bridge in the United States. Of course they want blow up and replace with slab of concrete. Soon, a passport or enhanced drivers license will be required to see a historic cantilever truss because the way things are going, pretty soon you will have to go to Canada if you want to see a historic cantilever truss.

Bluestone Lake Bridge
Posted January 17, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I read an article online on the WVADOT saying this bridge is in the works to be replaced. Another UCEB coming, especially to a scenic area where it will blight it up for nature lovers, artists, and photographers. Unless West Virginia replaces it with another truss or "signature" type span instead, look for the lastest of the trend of "UGLY"!

Bluestone Lake Bridge
Posted January 16, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Rebecca, the bridge is called the "Lilly Bridge" because it is built across the Bluestone Lake over or near the site of an inundated town called "Lilly". I am not sure but the lake was created after the bridge was opened, noting when the town of its namesake was flooded over.

Bluestone Lake Bridge
Posted September 12, 2009, by Rebecca Ward (erbky1318 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Would like to know when this bridge was renamed th Lilly Bridge.