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Rocky Gap Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 21, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
VA-61 (Old Alignment) Over Wolf Creek
Location
Rural: Bland County, Virginia: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1946
Main Span Length
206 Feet (62.8 Meters)
Structure Length
206 Feet (62.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

The bridge was reportedly built ca. 1891 as a railroad bridge. The National Register of Historic Places Nomination form mentions a construction date of 1912 which corresponds to when the railroad was built in this area. As such, it is assumed that the bridge was relocated from another railroad to this location in 1912. The bridge and railroad line was converted to highway usage in 1946 when the railroad discontinued. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1987 when a new bridge on different alignment was completed. After this the bridge was abandoned. As a result today, this rare Phoenix Column truss bridge sits abandoned and forgotten. It is worthy of reuse and preservation. There is very little deterioration on its wrought iron, and it would be an outstanding candidate for relocation and reuse on a trail or in a park.

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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Phoenix Columns

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