The Kate Hewltt Bridge carries Mercer County Route 20/20 over the Bluestone River in Bramwell, West Virginia. Constructed in 1915 by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia,(2) the two span riveted and bolted pony truss was built with stone masonry abutments and a reinforced concrete pier.

The bridge is being studied for replacement. The alternatives are: (1)

  • Alternative 1: A new conventional bridge replacing the existing span.
  • Alternative 2: Rehabilitation of the exiting bridge.
  • Alternative 2A: Rehabilitation of the existing bridge while increasing the width to 14 feet.
  • Alternative 3: Upgrading County Route 20/80 and constructing a new connector. This alternative removes the need for the bridge.
  • Alternative 4 (preferred): Bridge replaced in the existing location with a new pony truss.
  • No-Build Alternative: Closure of the bridge.


  • Type: Pony truss
  • Main Span Length: 56.1 feet
  • Total Length: 115.3 feet
  • Width: 11.5 feet

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Further ReadingSources
  1. “Bramwell Bridges.” West Virginia Department of Transportation. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. Article.