Girder Bridge Question
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Wed Jul 24 19:17:37 EDT 2013
Heading south out of Roanoke, the bridge over Rt 419 was aluminum colored in
the 70's and I don't recall any markings. I recall a multi-span girder
bridge farther south that crossed a creek and country road (I have no clue
exactly where it was but I think south of Starkey). My photos don't show any
marking on it, but they are somewhat dark.
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I checked with a former staff member of the N&W/NS bridge department, and as
I understand the practice, black was the standard color for all N&W/NS
bridges, but some highway departments specified aluminum for bridges over
highways where the highway department was paying for the bridge, e.g., where
the bridge was required by a highway widening project, etc.
As pointed out by someone else, "Norfolk and Western" was stenciled in black
paint on the aluminum-painted bridge carrying the Winston-Salem line over
Franklin Road in Roanoke.
Probably the deciding factor -- he who pays for the bridge get to pick the
En route from eastern Virginia yesterday, I made an audit of some of the
bridges. The one I should have made a detour to see is Bridge 14A west of
Suffolk which carries NS over U.S. 58. It's probably just as it was in the
Bridge #51-B at Rice on the Old Main Line (now abandoned). This is a three
span aluminum colored bridge installed when U.S. 460 was expanded to four
lanes in the 70s. This is a ballasted deck bridge (meaning conventional
can be used). No markings, but hanger for railroad symbol still evident.
Bridge #88 over Reedy Creek Road west of Spout Springs -- steel stringers
supported by concrete abutments. Two-lane county road.
Bridge at Dewey west of Montvale. Originally U.S. 460 passed beneath the
N&W in two reinforced concrete "boxes". When overhead clearance became
a problem, it was rebuilt as one span over the four lanes. Bridge is
color, but has no company name.
In addition to the bridge over Franklin Road, the center pier carrying
N&W's former Shenandoah Div. over Orange Avenue has the Pevler era
symbol cast in concrete. Harry Bundy
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