Historic American Engineering Record documentation mentioned that they believed this bridge is the second longest continuous span through truss constructed. It is unclear if this refers to when the bridge was first built or if that still held true when their documentation was completed. The bridge was built in 1929, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad was the original owner. This bridge has a distinctive appearance because although its trusses are deeper over the piers, they do not come to a point like many bridges of this type. This bridge is usually described as a cantilever truss, but it is possible that this bridge may be one of those bridges that does not actually function as a cantilever truss (even if it was constructed as such) but in fact functions as a continuous truss. Closer inspection of this bridge is needed to verify this possibility.
This bridge was a replacement for a previous railroad truss bridge. When the current railroad bridge was built, the piers from this former railroad bridge were merely widened to support the new bridge. The previous bridge was left standing and converted for highway use. The railroad-turned-highway bridge was later demolished in 1970 and replaced with the current Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.
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