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Phoenix Bridge

Ball Park Road Bridge

Phoenix Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 21, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ball Park Road (VA-685) Over Craig Creek
Location
Rural: Botetourt County, Virginia: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Warren (No Verticals) Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1887 By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1963
Main Span Length
152 Feet (46 Meters)
Structure Length
267 Feet (81 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.5 Feet (3.51 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
3496

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View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

This is one of the finest Phoenix column truss bridges in the country. It stands out nationally because the truss is largely unaltered and has excellent historic integrity, and also because of its surviving ornamentation including one of the more ornate builder plaques ever seen. Structurally the truss is also in good condition; the wrought iron has proven its rust-resistant qualities.

The bridge also has a riveted Warren deck truss approach span. Assuming it dates to the same period as the Phoenix truss, it is an extremely early example of a rivet-connected truss bridge in the United States. It is also a rare Warren truss with no vertical members.

The bridge was relocated here from an uncertain location by the railroad in 1903. The railroad line and bridge was turned into a vehicular highway in 1963.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
37.649080,-79.831050

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