VDOT to rehabilitate historic Humpback Bridge

July 12, 2013


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to strengthen and preserve Humpback Covered Bridge, a one-of-a-kind historic landmark in Alleghany County.


Crews install a new roof and strengthen
timber connections at Humpback Bridge
near Covington.

The 1857 bridge is undergoing a rehabilitation project to strengthen the connections between structural timbers, completely replace the cedar-shake roof, and repair and re-stain exterior siding

Lanford Brothers of Roanoke is performing the work, which should be complete by the end of July 2013.

Funding for the project comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Historic Covered Bridge program, with matching funds from VDOT.

Total cost of the rehabilitation project is about $125,000, which includes $15,000 for preliminary engineering and $110,000 for construction.

The bridge was named for its arched-truss design, which results in the center being four feet higher than the ends. It is the only one of its type remaining in the United States.

Humpback Bridge carried vehicular traffic until 1929, and is now open to pedestrians. It is the centerpiece of a five-acre wayside park just off Route 60 about three miles west of Covington.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org


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