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Bean

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 29, 2012
I just found out that the really nice green truss Lilly bridge over Bluestone Lake is planned to be taken down for a highway concrete bridge. Did anyone protest this? Evidently a 'Rehabilitation option' was on the table...but it seems the new bridge option is in the works. Does anyone know anything about this?

Add your comment to WV DOT online- We strongly support and encourage the 'Rehabilitation option' for our beloved Lilly Bridge. This Bridge is a unique and historic landmark that should be maintained. The beautiful, cherished and culturally important Lilly bridge should be restored and not destroyed.

As written in the DOT report itself-'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.'

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/highways/eng...
maybe

Washington, DC

#2 Dec 29, 2012
The bridge needs replaced.
opinion

Oak Hill, WV

#3 Dec 29, 2012
Being a historical landmark is one thing, being safe is another. In my opinion that bridge is dangerous. I pray everytime I have to go over it. I don't think it's safe for school buses especially. If it can be restored safely I would support that. However, I'm sure the bridge was checked out very closely and if it was decided to replace it, I'm sure it was because of safety reasons. I'm sorry but everything can't be kept around because of its history. I think keeping the overhead bridge in town was a bad idea. Again, in my opinion I think it looks awful and is a potential danger.
Bruce

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2012
Its a deathtrap! Take it down!
to u bean

Mount Hope, WV

#5 Dec 29, 2012
When I saw a post on the Lilly Bridge I guessed the bridge had collapsed or been shut down. You don't have to travel it every day do you Bean? For people who travel this bridge daily with their children there is only one choice-build a new bridge. It is offensive that you even posted such a request for support. Somebody else post a link to support the building of a new bridge and I will sign it!
opal

Kinston, NC

#6 Dec 29, 2012
the sooner its gone the better, we cant hold on to every old junk bridge of building for ever.
pffft

Washington, DC

#7 Dec 29, 2012
I had surgery yesterday and had to come across that bridge and thought I was gonna die! The brick street s also was rough in town those streets need replaced as well!
high hopes

Oak Hill, WV

#8 Dec 29, 2012
Hopefully it will be replaced before it's too late. I don't have to travel that way very often but feel for those who do. People want the county cleaned up but then screams and hollars the minute a "landmark" aka unsafe eye sore is scheduled to be replaced.
Bean

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Dec 30, 2012
We all know what we know right, mostly what we've been told... No one is suggesting keeping an unsafe situation. A metal truss bridge can be rehabilitated. It was stated in the WV DOT Lilly Bridge report as an option. It's not a question of IF but HOW it is made safer. Some think the bridge is significant and worth keeping, even if at this point in the process it is twin bridge used as a scenic pedestrian/bike bridge overlooking the lake. Demolition of the bridge will cost a million plus. The new bridge will cost ~12 million and take out part of the mountainside. I suggest folks read up on it.
lol

United States

#10 Dec 30, 2012
Stupid hippies and their sabe every thing bullshit. Tear it down and build a new one.
Bean

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Dec 30, 2012
I appreciate some of the comments but see where the conversation is going. So, OK, I give up. Build a new bridge. But does the old bridge need to be demolished? The old bridge would actually stay in place for traffic while the new bridge is constructed 60' upstream, for a period of about 2.5 years. When the new bridge is complete the old bridge could remain intact for pedestrians, etc. and connect to the existing overlook parking, and be a great feature and asset to the Bluestone Lake and Park recreational area. Read some of the thorough letters in the report from the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (whom I doubt is a 'stupid hippy'). Seems like a great approach.
idea

Charleston, WV

#12 Dec 30, 2012
Bean wrote:
I appreciate some of the comments but see where the conversation is going. So, OK, I give up. Build a new bridge. But does the old bridge need to be demolished? The old bridge would actually stay in place for traffic while the new bridge is constructed 60' upstream, for a period of about 2.5 years. When the new bridge is complete the old bridge could remain intact for pedestrians, etc. and connect to the existing overlook parking, and be a great feature and asset to the Bluestone Lake and Park recreational area. Read some of the thorough letters in the report from the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (whom I doubt is a 'stupid hippy'). Seems like a great approach.
another idea would be put 3 or 4 picnic tables on each end of bridge to replace road side park that water company took.
to u bean

Mount Hope, WV

#13 Dec 30, 2012
Bean wrote:
We all know what we know right, mostly what we've been told... No one is suggesting keeping an unsafe situation. A metal truss bridge can be rehabilitated. It was stated in the WV DOT Lilly Bridge report as an option. It's not a question of IF but HOW it is made safer. Some think the bridge is significant and worth keeping, even if at this point in the process it is twin bridge used as a scenic pedestrian/bike bridge overlooking the lake. Demolition of the bridge will cost a million plus. The new bridge will cost ~12 million and take out part of the mountainside. I suggest folks read up on it.
Pieces of that bridge currently fall so that a large area underneath of the bridge cannot be utilized by anyone. It would be cheaper to go ahead & spend "a million plus" to tear that bridge down. Where is the money going to come from to restore & then properly maintenance that walking bridge you want? There have been holes in that bridge through which you could see straight through to the water below. I wouldn't want people to risk walking that bridge after the Dept of Highways no longer tapes it together each season.
pls

United States

#14 Dec 30, 2012
I was fishing under that bridge this past summer when a big piece of concrete fell though the net they have under it and missed our boat by about 2 ft. If it had hit us we would have been killed! Its just a matter of time before someone is hurt!
PIPESTEM BOY 1942

Beltsville, MD

#15 Dec 31, 2012
The Lilly Bridge holds a lot of memories for me and a lot of other folks but I have said many times that is is dangerous now and should be replaced,the sooner the better.
need answer

Summersville, WV

#16 Dec 31, 2012
i do agree with a lot of people on here the bridge needs replaced and think about it the lilly bridge is the only one in the county that hasn't been replaced WHY? it is the worse one and has been for a long time please replace it and the sooner the better i would hate to hear of someone getting hurt because of that bad bridge i don't travel it everyday but i use to when i worked up that way but i do still have family and friends that do and i do care for their safety!
old hagggggg

Summersville, WV

#17 Dec 31, 2012
screw the bridge
PIPESTEM BOY 1942

Beltsville, MD

#18 Jan 10, 2013
So what's the latest on this bridge?? Anyone know.

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#19 Jan 10, 2013
Construction starts this spring, will take years. Current bridge stays in service till new is built, on river side. They'll start taking mountainside out first.

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Oak Hill, WV

#20 Jan 19, 2013
every time i go over that bridge im scared .. however with that said I dont believe it should be completly torn down it is a landmark of this county , I hope they do build a new one for driving on but we should retore this one as a look out or walk way ..

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