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Copper Creek Viaduct

Copper Creek Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: November 9, 2008

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Key Facts

Rural: Scott County, Virginia: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: Millard-Quigg Construction Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
70 Feet (21.3 Meters)
Structure Length
1,091 Feet (332.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
19 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an impressive high-level deck plate girder supported by braced steel bents. This bridge consists of eleven deck plate girder spans that measure 70 feet each, and eight additional deck plate girder spans at forty feet each. The bridge is 167 feet above the river valley, and was among the highest railroad bridges in the eastern United States when built. The construction of the bridge eliminated extremely steep railroad grades and greatly reduced the length of the railroad line, making it much more efficient. The bridge was built by the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railway, and is today owned by CSX who continues to use the bridge and railroad line. There is a second, much lower railroad bridge here as well. An interpretive sign on US-23/US-421 that describes these two bridges claims the lower bridge was built in 1891, but the design of the bridge looks newer than 1891, and is probably either a replacement or greatly altered from its original design. The high level bridge however appears to retain good historic integrity.


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