This bridge is composed of seven panels. It is a traditionally composed structure, although it features an unusual x-shaped decorative elements along the top of the portal bracing. This detail was found on bridges built by the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, however usually these bridges did not have v-lacing on their struts as found on this bridge so the association is not completely certain.
Interestingly, this bridge was bypassed with a modern truss bridge, but the historic truss bridge was not demolished and was instead allowed to continue standing. Many states, particularly PennDOT refuse to do this, and complain about worries of liability, even though there is no documentation of lawsuits over historic bridges. The Shanley Road Bridge is a great example. West Virginia however, implemented the solution to liability that this website has voiced for years. To mitigate any liability, the state posted no trespassing signs in front of the bridge. Thus, this signage essentially protects West Virgnia, because if someone gets injured on the bridge, they were breaking the law anyway. While not a preservation project, this is still a favorable outcome. Often, when a bridge is built on a new alignment, the historic bridge is demolished, even if it is not in the way of its replacement, representing a significant waste of taxpayer money and needless loss of a historic structure. Even without repair, the CR-3 bridge will likely stand as is for decades to come. However, because it is not demolished and is still standing, it also leaves open the possibility for preservation in the future when it is expected that public awareness for truss bridges will increase due to the fact that they are quickly becoming very rare.
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