The West Virginia Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration is seeking comments regarding the replacement of the Lilly Bridge. Several alternatives were studied including a rehabilitation option.
The preferred alternative consists of replacing the bridge with a new bridge 60 feet upstream. A new intersection for Summers County Route 20/2 and WV 20 will be constructed. The proposed bridge will be approximately 1225 feet and the overall project length will be 2450 feet. Traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge during construction. The estimated cost is $13,897,300 and a construction time of 2.5 years.
The project will relieve the current restrictions for weight and height on the existing bridge. The 2004 Average Daily Traffic is 2,300 vehicles per day and is projected to be 3400 vehicles per day in 2024.
The current Lilly Bridge is located in Summers County on WV Route 20, approximately 0.25 miles south of Summers County Route 20/2. The bridge was built in 1950 by Virginia Bridge Company and spans the Bluestone Lake. It is a 5-span cantilevered thru-truss supported by concrete abutments and 4 concrete piers. It has an overall length of 1163 feet 10 inches.
The Lilly Bridge was concurred in by the SHPO on March 5, 2010 to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A and Criterion C for its association with the Virginia Bridge Company and its cantilevered truss design. It is eligible under Criterion A for its association with the creation of the Bluestone Dam as part of the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938. The bridge was built in to span the newly created Bluestone Lake and was named in honor of the flooded town of Lilly. There are only 7 remaining cantilever truss bridges in West Virginia.
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