This bridge shows signs of deterioration, notably section loss on the floor beams around the connections, but since the bridge no longer carries traffic, it can likely stand this way for many years... but would also be a great candidate for restoration, either in place, or relocated and reused elsewhere such as on a trail or in a park. The historic integrity of the bridge is overall fair, although some of the typical unusual welded alterations found on many truss bridges in West Virginia can also be found on this bridge. Strange welded frames apparently to supplement the pin plates are added, some diagonal members are added, and/or existing diagonals have been welded.
This bridge is a classic example of a truss bridge built by the Canton Bridge Company. It has all of the most common details of bridges built by that company. The most unique/recognizable details of that company are the struts that include a plate element with no v-lacing or lattice, and the a-frame portal bracing that includes lattice-like frills on the top.
The bridge retains relatively good historic integrity, although like most truss bridges in West Virginia rather crude welded repairs at the connection points and added diagonal members can be found on the bridge. However, since nearly all truss bridges of this type in the state have such alterations, this really should not deduct from the state significance of this bridge. As West Virginia bridges go, this bridge has good historic integrity.
This crossing is quite a contrast. Here, a full-size historic through truss span was replaced by a little culvert. Its somewhat unusual for a replacement bridge to offer less in the way of hydraulics, but it appears to be the case here. Visually, its quite a downgrade. Fortunately, the historic bridge was left standing next to the culvert. If this bridge hadn't been left standing, nobody would even realize they were crossing anything while driving on the road!
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