The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 20, 2013

63-year-old bridge to be replaced

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

— A 63-year-old bridge over Bluestone Lake is being replaced with one constructed to hold heavier trucks. It is estimated the new bridge will be completed in June 2016.

Andy Powell, project engineer for the Division of Highways District 9, explained the Lilly Bridge, constructed in 1950, was not made to safely hold the weight of new, heavy trucks; however, those that exceed the recommended and posted tonnage still cross it.

The new Lilly Bridge will be a continuous span bridge with steel-plated girders, and built just up stream from the current one, Powell said.

The current Lilly Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction of the new structure. Powell said the old bridge will not be torn down at least until early 2016 — the demolition will be during the last phase of construction. Powell also says residents will likely be able to see progress, such as the sub-structures, on the new bridge this summer. The new bridge will be approximately 1,200 feet long and 130 feet high.  Brayman Construction Corp. is the primary contractor for the new bridge and crews began work earlier this week.