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West Prestonsburg Bridge

West Prestonsburg Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 2, 2020

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bridge Street Over Levisa Fork
West Prestonsburg and Prestonsburg: Floyd County, Kentucky: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Steel and Lebby Contracting Company of Knoxville, Tennessee

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
235 Feet (71.6 Meters)
Structure Length
500 Feet (152.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

One of the most unique rainbow arch bridges in the country, this bridge has a lightweight appearance and soaring arch. The bridge is abandoned and severely deteriorated. In particular, the hangers have spalled revealing solid steel reinforcing within, indicating that this bridge is in an engineering sense a Marsh arch. The main arch rib is assumed to have solid steel within as well, however it also has standard rebar in the outermost areas which are visible due to spalling. There used to be another very similar rainbow arch bridge nearby in Prestonsburg at Town Branch, but it was demolished and replaced. See the below National Register nomination for photos of that bridge. Unlike the Town Branch Bridge, this bridge has survived, after being closed to vehicular traffic in 1979 and closed to pedestrians in 2008.

The National Register nomination gave lengths that appear to be too short for this bridge based on measurements made in Google maps. The lengths given by HistoricBridges.org are rough guesses that appear to be closer to reality.

View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For The Demolished Town Branch Bridge

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Marsh


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