Hawk’s Nest Bridge

The Hawk’s Nest Bridge carries CSX Railroad over the New River near Ansted, West Virginia. The Parker through truss bridge was constructed for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O).

The original C&O bridge, completed in 1872, was a wood truss variant. 1

On January 29, 1873, a ceremonial driving of the last spike at Hawk’s Nest railroad bridge completed the C&O from Richmond, Virginia to Huntington, West Virginia. 1 The line was actually completed several days prior at a point near Fayette Station elsewhere in the New River valley.

The wood trusses were replaced with a steel trusses in 1892. 1

  • Total Length: 640 feet
  • Main Span Length: 220 feet
  1. Peters, J. T., and H. B. Carden. History of Fayette County, West Virginia. 1926.

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