This bridge was originally built at an unknown date (likely
the 1880s or 1890s), and included a swing span. This can be determined by the
fact that one of the river piers is circular as a swing pier would have been.
The swing span was replaced in 1907 with two fixed through truss spans
constructed by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. As one might expect, these
newer spans are of different construction, reflecting the construction trends of
the period: namely the use of heavier members and riveted connections. The
approach spans in contrast reflect an earlier era with their pin-connections,
lightweight members, and ornamental portal bracing. In more recent years the
approach truss spans have had steel and timber bents added under the floorbeams
to carry load. The added steel bents may have been salvaged parts from a
demolished truss bridge.
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