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This is a list of all 9 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Big Sandy River Levisa Fork. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1936 Pauley
Pikeville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1068
O'Donnell ID:308 (more: 308 308)
Coordinates:N 37.492833 W 82.5355
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:O.S. Batten, WPA
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:~380f
Notes
  • Closed to vehicular traffic, 1991. Closed to all traffic, September 2000. Restored and reopened to pedestrian traffic, 2006.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1999 Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Pedestrian
River, Johnson County, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:329
Structurae ID:0013863
O'Donnell ID:317
Coordinates:N 37.86015 W 82.726117
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:UKODF99
Principals:Bush and Burchett Inc., Bocook Engineering, S.E.A. Engineers Inc., Issam Harik
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~316f
Side spans:2 x ~47f
Notes
  • From an old Kentucky Transportation Cabinet web page: "Interested in seeing the world's longest plastic bridge? Visit Johnson County, where the 410-ft-long Forest and Maxie Preston Memorial Pedestrian Bridge recently opened. The bridge was built from a high performance composite material - glass fiber that is reinforced with plastic resins."
  • A University of Kentucky web page refers to the deck material as "glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Broad Bottom, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1468
O'Donnell ID:311
Coordinates:N 37.536417 W 82.594967
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~400f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Dwale, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2261
O'Donnell ID:547
Coordinates:N 37.62283 W 82.72169
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 300 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Fords Branch, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1479
O'Donnell ID:571
Coordinates:N 37.43476 W 82.50923
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 350 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Kewanee, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1478
O'Donnell ID:310 (more: 310)
Coordinates:N 37.445933 W 82.5153
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~410f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Toonerville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2263
O'Donnell ID:566
Coordinates:N 37.36810 W 82.23335
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 175 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Boldman
Pikeville vicinity, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:318
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Carried Kentucky route 1384 over the Levisa Fork. Likely removed in timeframe 1985-1994.
Swinging
Paintsville, Kentucky, USA (Big Sandy River Levisa Fork - Paintsville Country Club)
Bridgemeister ID:1490
O'Donnell ID:315
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:370f
Notes
  • Used by golf carts. Just barely wide enough for one golf cart.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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