Lilly Bridge, Bluestone Lake
Lilly Bridge was completed in 1950 by the Virginia Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia near this location. The current bridge was constructed in 2015 and like its predecessor, it crosses the Bluestone River and connects many small communities in Southern West Virginia. The 1950 ridge was a five-span cantilevered thru-truss is supported by concrete abutments and 4 concrete piers. During construction of the original bridge in 1950, two trusses fell resulting in several workers being killed and others injured. The bridge is named in honor of Lilly, a small village formed in the late 18th century. Residents who lived in the area of the village of Lilly were required to leave their homes prior to the construction of the Bluestone Dam in the 1940s.
Backstory and Context
"Lilly Bridge." Lilly Bridge (Bluestone Lake Bridge) - HistoricBridges.org. Historic Bridges, Web. 03 May 2017.