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Bridge Documented: November 9, 2008
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Key Facts
Bridge Name Facility Carried / Feature Intersected Location Structure Type Construction Date and Builder/Engineer
Copper Creek Viaduct
Railroad (CSX and Norfolk Southern) (Former Clinchfield Railroad) Over Copper Creek Rural: Scott County, Virginia Metal Deck Girder, Fixed 1908 By Builder/Contractor: Millard-Quigg Construction Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Technical Facts
Main Span Length Structure Length Main Spans
70 Feet (21.3 Meters) 1091 Feet (332.5 Meters) 19

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Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

This bridge is an impressive high-level deck plate girder supported by braced steel bents. This bridge consists of eleven deck plate girder spans that measure 70 feet each, and eight additional deck plate girder spans at forty feet each. The bridge is 167 feet above the river valley, and was among the highest railroad bridges in the eastern United States when built. The construction of the bridge eliminated extremely steep railroad grades and greatly reduced the length of the railroad line, making it much more efficient. The bridge was built by the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railway, and is today owned by CSX who continues to use the bridge and railroad line. There is a second, much lower railroad bridge here as well. An interpretive sign on US-23/US-421 that describes these two bridges claims the lower bridge was built in 1891, but the design of the bridge looks newer than 1891, and is probably either a replacement or greatly altered from its original design. The high level bridge however appears to retain good historic integrity.

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