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Buckhannon River Bridge


Photo taken by Johnnaston Kimble in June 2010


BH Photo #167285


Through truss bridge over Buckhannon River on CR 9 SLS
Upshur County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1977
Through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 153.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.96833, -80.23000   (decimal degrees)
38°58'06" N, 80°13'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/566705/4313544 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 35616 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 5, 2011: New photos from Brian McKee
  • July 8, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added truss type.
  • June 8, 2010: New photos from Johnnaston Kimble


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Tractor-trailer gets stuck in Tennerton bridge

State police: load measured 14 feet, 7 inches -- 5 inches taller than bridge designed to accommodate

By Katie Kuba - October 11, 2018

Truck stuck in bridge

Crews and a wrecker work to free parts of a large truck load that got snagged in the Tennerton bridge that crosses the Buckhannon River near the middle school.

TENNERTON — The truck got stuck.

In simple terms, that’s exactly what happened Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer with too tall a load attempted to cross the Tallmansville Bridge that extends across the Buckhannon River on Tallmansville Road.

Investigating officer Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police said the accident happened at 10:20 a.m., when a tractor-trailer being driven by Victor King, of Georgia, attempted to drive across the Tallmansville Bridge – but didn’t quite make it.The tractor-trailer’s load measured 14 feet, 7 inches tall – five inches taller than the 14 feet, 2 inches the bridge is designed to handle, Menendez said. A large piece of metal that was being transported atop the truck crashed into the top of the bridge, hitting it “pretty hard,” the officer added.

The impact of the metal piece caused the load chains and binders to go “flying everywhere,” Menendez said. “We are lucky the load never hit the pavement because we could have been in some real trouble.”

Menendez said West Virginia Department of Highways officials; members of the Buckhannon Fire Department and Washington Volunteer Fire Company; and West Virginia Public Service Commission officials were all on scene working together to free the truck and its load from the bridge.

They were eventually successful.

Menendez wrote King a citation for over height, he said, because according to state law, if a truck or tractor-trailer is carrying a load that exceeds 13 feet, 6 inches in height, the driver or company is required to apply for and secure a permit.

A tractor-trailer with such a tall load must also be escorted by a pilot truck, the corporal said.

“He was exactly 1 foot, 1 inch over the limit where you’re required to get a permit and have a pilot truck. He was from Georgia, so I just think he didn’t know the law around here,” Menendez said of King.

“He was able to drive away from the scene, but he won’t be able to get back on the road until he gets that permit and has a pilot truck,” the officer added.

Menendez said King had been headed from a mining operation near Ten Mile to the Robbins Company, located on Mattsville Road in Glen Daniels, W.Va. The truck belongs to a company called Spectrum Express in Illinois, he added.

The Tallmansville Road – including the bridge – is now reopen, firefighter John Brugnoli with the BFD confirmed Thursday afternoon.

“People can travel all the way from Route 20 through Tallmansville now,” he said.