Clinch Valley Division CV 464.01 over Clear Creek, Norton vicinity, Wise County, VA

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Is it possible the superstructure was rebuilt in 1939 and yet this information may not have been included within the archived records. However I also wonder why an existing bridge would need replacement after only 20 years of service?

Any advice, thought or suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Ballasted deck trestles were a rarity on the N&W . This type of span had an advantage--
it used common, everyday cross ties. Steel spans required cut to order bridge ties. The
ballasted deck trestle had a huge disadvantage -- failure to drain properly. Although
Atlantic Coast Line (for one) had many ballasted deck trestles, N&W preferred steel spans.
After all, N&W could produce its own ties at the Radford plant. After 20 years of service,
the bridge at Clear Creek may have begun to show the results of poor drainage--
accumulating weight on the concrete slabs, piers settling, etc. Harry Bundy

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