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Overall in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Overall Bridge

Design Innovation

 
 
Overall Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 23, 2010
1. Overall Bridge Marker
Inscription. The metal truss bridge here at Overall, Page County Bridge No. 1990, is a historically innovative design. It was built in 1938 as part of a major realignment of present-day U.S. Route 340, then called State Route 12, between Luray and Front Royal, the respective Page and Warren County seats. The earlier road alignment jogged back and forth, closely following the natural contours of the rugged terrain, and was suitable for horse-drawn wagons but not for automobiles. To accommodate the faster-moving vehicles, a major reworking of older roads took place in Virginia. At least two-thirds of the roadway between Luray and Front Royal was realigned when U.S. Route 340 was completed late in the 1930s and Bridge No. 1990 was constructed.

This single-span Pratt deck arch metal truss bridge with two T-beam concrete approach spans on either end. The truss section has an arched bottom chord, or structural element. On most Pratt bridges, one drives between the supporting trusses that carry the road deck on their bottom chords. Here, the road deck is on top of the arched trusses. Arch spans are suitable for locations with relatively high crossings and solid rock foundations like the crossing here at Overall. They are rarely used at sites with low banks and alluvial soil.

The main span of the bridge is about 123 feet long, and the total
Engineering Plan of the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 23, 2010
2. Engineering Plan of the Bridge
bridge length is about 245 feet. The Virginia State Highway Department developed standard designs for the arches and approach spans. Starting in the late 1920s and for the next two decades, the department typically used cork and concrete rails on bridges. Sheets of cork were used as fillers where the concrete cross rails were inserted into the railings' concrete posts.

Because of its historical significance, Bridge No. 1990 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 2008.
 
Location. 38° 48.339′ N, 78° 20.948′ W. Marker is in Overall, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340) and Overall Road, on the right when traveling north on Stonewall Jackson Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rileyville VA 22650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Historic Page Valley (here, next to this marker); Battle of Milford (here, next to this marker); Warren County / Page County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Asbury Chapel (approx. 7.6 miles away); Indian Old Fields (approx. 8 miles away); The Massanutten
Markers at Overall Run Bridges image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at Overall Run Bridges
(approx. 8.4 miles away); When Pig Iron was King (approx. 8.4 miles away); Piedmont (approx. 9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Overall.
 
Also see . . .  Page County Bridge No. 1990. (PDF) National Register documentation for the bridge. (Submitted on October 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Bridges at Overall Run image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 23, 2010
4. Bridges at Overall Run
To the left is a new bridge for traffic along US 340. In the center is the historic Bridge No. 1990. To the right is the Norfolk and Western Railroad bridge.
Page County Bridge No. 1990 image. Click for full size.
December 28, 2011
5. Page County Bridge No. 1990
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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