Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge

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The Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge, erected in 1896, is located in the village of McDowell in Highland County. Manufactured by the West Virginia Bridge Works of Wheeling, West Virginia, the modest size bridge, of four-panel, pony truss construction, is supported by concrete and limestone abutments. Embodying the distinctive characteristics of the patented Lane truss bridge design, as well as the use of bent train rails on the top and bottom of the entire track to improve connection strength, it is the only surviving example of this unusual configuration in Virginia. After a comprehensive survey in the late 20th century of’ all of the remaining pre-1932 metal truss bridges in Virginia, this bridge was named as one of the more significant examples of those identified. In 1994, the Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge was closed to motorized traffic and converted for use by pedestrians and bicyclists only.

Last Updated: April 2, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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