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This bridge is listed in inventories with a 1930 construction date, which is obviously totally incorrect for a pin-connected truss bridge. It may be a default date indicating unknown construction date, or it may suggest the truss was moved here at this time, although the bridge sits on stone abutments in this location making it more likely this could be the original location of the truss. The bridge may date to the 1890s.
This rare Virginia example of the Groton Bridge Company was nicely restored following damage by a tree.
In 1995 the bridge was rehabilitated: floor beams, stringers, and deck planks were replaced; truss member was repaired; structural steel was painted.
The bridge, a rare federally owned truss bridge, was closed to vehicle traffic due to severe damage to the north truss sustained in 2006 when a tree fell onto the structure. The damage consisted of a bent and cracked outer steel channel and support plate for the upper chord, with lateral and torsional distortion also evident.
In 2019, the bridge was repaired. This required removing and repairing the damaged top chord section in a shop setting. In a first for Virginia and possibly the federal government as well, the new top chord section was repaired in-kind and hot riveted, so as to maintain the original design and historic integrity of the bridge. A local contractor performed the work, but Bach Steel assisted with the rivets.
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