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Lemasters Bridge

   


Lemasters Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: March 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Lemasters Bridge Road (CR-18/7) Over Middle Island Creek
Location
Rural: Tyler County, West Virginia
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 3 Panel Rivet-Connected Queenpost Pony Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1912 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
109 Feet (33.2 Meters)
Structure Length
189 Feet (57.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.7 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
48A044

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This historic bridge was demolished and replaced!

This is a very significant structure. It consists of a main through truss span with a pony approach span at each end. This alone is visually attractive and uncommon as well. The approach spans are especially noteworthy however because they utilize the rare Queenpost truss configuration. Queenposts, whether riveted or pinned, are extremely rare.

 Although a late example of a pin-connected structure, the 1912 main span is significant as an example of a transition structure. While pin-connected, it integrates the use of riveted connections for parts of it. In particular, the hip vertical is rivet-connected at the top chord, although not at the bottom chord. There is a pin at for the diagonal connection to the top chord at the hip vertical however. The approach span is riveted and no pins are present, also suggesting that whatever company built this bridge was at least beginning to use all-riveted connections in its smaller spans.

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