This two span through truss bridge with a noticeable skew was built just over 15 years after a nearby single, non-skewed truss bridge was built nearby on Patterson Hill Road. Both bridges remain today, making this a very unusual situation where two historic truss bridges are within sight of each other, carrying two different roads. This Western Avenue Bridge, which used to carry US-202, appears to have been constructed as an improved alignment for traffic heading southbound/northbound in this area. It eliminates a 90 degree turn that would be needed if using Patterson Hill Road Bridge.
The bridge retains good historic integrity, but has deteriorated and is currently closed to traffic. The older Patterson Hill Road Bridge has been rehabilitated and is in good condition today. It is hoped that the same is planned for Western Avenue Bridge as well. It is worth the effort to maintain this unique scene of two historic truss bridges within sight of each other.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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