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July 11, 2013


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

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.

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

Total cost 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.

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