Notable Contemporary Highway Bridges and Tunnels of Virginia

Report No: 77-R55

Published in 1977

About the report:

Bridges and tunnels perhaps are of as much interest to the general public as to engineers, particularly if they are in some way notable. Because of the wide interest in such structures, a documentation of notable contemporary highway bridges and tunnels in the state of Virginia is herewith presented. Beginning as early as the Colonial Period in Virginia's history, the need for transportation facilities gave rise to many inventive types of bridges, ranging from early eighteenth century log bridges to late nineteenth century iron and steel bridges, to early twentieth century steel and reinforced concrete bridges. No highway tunnels were built prior to the twentieth century in Virginia.* However, this publication does not specifically include structures in the early period of Virginia as the subject of historical bridges is actively being researched by a team headed by Howard H. Newlon, Jr. of the Virginia Highway & Transportation Research Council. Rather, this publication includes only contemporary bridges and tunnels. *A number of railroad tunnels were built in the nineteenth century, the most notable of which penetrates Afton Mountain.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Last updated: January 28, 2024

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