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Fink Deck Truss Bridge

Fink Deck Truss Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): G. R. Harper

Bridge Documented: January 26, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Exhibit Deck Over Ground (Exhibit)
Location
Lynchburg: Lynchburg Independent City, Virginia: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1870 By Builder/Contractor: Albert Fink

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1985
Main Span Length
52.5 Feet (16 Meters)
Structure Length
52.5 Feet (16 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of only two known surviving Fink truss bridges in the country, and the only example of a deck truss form of the Fink. Designed by famous engineer Albert Fink, the Fink truss is an unusual truss configuration that was popular on railroads, but were widely replaced later since most railroad bridges built during the 1880s and before were insufficient for the trail loads seen beginning after 1890. The historic significance and rarity of a Fink truss bridge, the extremely old 1870 construction date, and the cast iron compression members make this bridge stand among the most important historic bridges in the country.

 The bridge apparently originally served as a railroad bridge for a main line of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. In 1893 it was moved to serve as a grade separation, allowing a highway to cross over a railroad. In 1985, the bridge was preserved as a historic exhibit by being moved to Riverside Park in Lynchburg where it was placed as a non-functional historical exhibit. The bridge remains today as an important feature of the park.

The bridge has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the ASCE, which is a high honor bestowed on only a limited number of bridges.

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