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George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, Spanning York River at U.S. Route 17, Yorktown, York County, VA



B&W Photos

HB1186528
General View To Northeast From The 'fusilier' Redoubt' (part Of The Yorktown Battlefield Administered By Colonial National Historical Park) West Of Yorktown.

HB1186529
General View Looking Northwest.

HB1186530
General View Looking Southeast.

HB1186531
General View Looking Northeast From South Bank Of York River.

HB1186532
Roadway Approach From The Gloucester Side, Looking Southwest.

HB1186533
Roadway Approach From The Yorktown Side, Looking Northeast.

HB1186534
View Of Roadway From Bridge House At 1s, Looking Northeast Toward Gloucester Point.

HB1186535
General View Of Girder Approach Spans At Gloucester Point, Looking Southwest.

HB1186536
Seating Of Girder Span At South Abutment

HB1186537
Girder Approach On Yorktown Side, Showing Piers 8s-5s (left To Right), And Floorbeam/stringer System

HB1186538
Girder Approach On Gloucester Side, With Pier 6n In Foreground

HB1186539
Piers 5s And 4s, Showing Transition At 4s From Girder Span To 'suspended' Truss Span At U0

HB1186540
Detail Of Bottom Cord-end Post Connection And Fixed Shoe At L0.

HB1186541
View To Southwest From Gloucester Side, Showing Pier 3n At Center.

HB1186542
View To Northeast From Yorktown Side, From Pier 4s (right Foreground).

HB1186543
View To Northeast, Piers 2s, 1s, 1n (right To Left), With Barrier Gate And Bridge House Above.

HB1186544
View To Northeast, Piers 3s And 2s (right To Left).

HB1186545
Representative View Of Bottom Lateral Bracing, View To Southeast Toward Pier 2s.

HB1186546
Representative View Through Trusses, Taken From Below Roadway At 1s.

HB1186547
View To Southeast At Centerline (u37) Where Swing Spans Meet

HB1186548
South Swing Span (1s), Showing Placement Of Bridge House And Generator House.

HB1186549
View To Northwest From Yorktown Side, Showing Swing Spans In Full Open Position.

HB1186550
View To Northeast, North Swing Span In Full Open Position.

HB1186551
View To Northeast From Bridge House

HB1186552
View To Southwest Toward Riverward End Of Fixed Span (u22).

HB1186553
Detail Of Bascule-type Shear Lock At U22.

HB1186554
Center Pivot, South Swing Span.

HB1186555
Representative Center Wedge

HB1186556
South Swing Span, Showing Representative Reduction Gear/motor Drive Unit (center) And Wedge Motor Unit (right).

HB1186557
Representative Interior View Of Pivot Pier Shaft, Taken At 1s.

HB1186558
Bridge House, Atop South Swing Span

HB1186559
Interior View Of Bridge House, Showing Operator's Console.


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Item Title


Location
Spanning York River at U.S. Route 17, Yorktown, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER VA-57
Part of building/structure is in Gloucester Point, Gloucester County, VA.
Significance: The George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a 3,750-foot, steel deck-truss structure comprised of plate girder approach spans, a series of cantilevered fixed spans, and two center-pivot swing spans which operate in tandem. Built in 1950-1952, the bridge was a key element in a larger program of post-World War II transportation improvements throughout the lower Tidewater region. Designed by the prominent New York City engineering firm of Parson, Brinkerhoff, Hall & Macdonald, the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge is a significant example of hollow-pier construction utilizing the open-dredge caisson method, and among the few bridges with double swing spans still in operation today.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW TO NORTHEAST FROM THE 'FUSILIER' REDOUBT' (PART OF THE YORKTOWN BATTLEFIELD ADMINISTERED BY COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK) WEST OF YORKTOWN.
2. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST.
3. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
4. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM SOUTH BANK OF YORK RIVER.
5. ROADWAY APPROACH FROM THE GLOUCESTER SIDE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
6. ROADWAY APPROACH FROM THE YORKTOWN SIDE, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
7. VIEW OF ROADWAY FROM BRIDGE HOUSE AT 1S, LOOKING NORTHEAST TOWARD GLOUCESTER POINT.
8. GENERAL VIEW OF GIRDER APPROACH SPANS AT GLOUCESTER POINT, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
9. SEATING OF GIRDER SPAN AT SOUTH ABUTMENT. FABRICATOR'S PLATE READS 'VIRGINIA BRIDGE COMPANY 1950,' ACCOMPANIED BY THE LOGO OF UNITED STATES STEEL.
10. GIRDER APPROACH ON YORKTOWN SIDE, SHOWING PIERS 8S-5S (LEFT TO RIGHT), AND FLOORBEAM/STRINGER SYSTEM. VIEW LOOKING NORTH.
11. GIRDER APPROACH ON GLOUCESTER SIDE, WITH PIER 6N IN FOREGROUND. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST.
12. PIERS 5S AND 4S, SHOWING TRANSITION AT 4S FROM GIRDER SPAN TO 'SUSPENDED' TRUSS SPAN AT U0. VIEW LOOKING WEST.
13. DETAIL OF BOTTOM CORD-END POST CONNECTION AND FIXED SHOE AT L0.
14. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST FROM GLOUCESTER SIDE, SHOWING PIER 3N AT CENTER.
15. VIEW TO NORTHEAST FROM YORKTOWN SIDE, FROM PIER 4S (RIGHT FOREGROUND).
16. VIEW TO NORTHEAST, PIERS 2S, 1S, 1N (RIGHT TO LEFT), WITH BARRIER GATE AND BRIDGE HOUSE ABOVE.
17. VIEW TO NORTHEAST, PIERS 3S AND 2S (RIGHT TO LEFT).
18. REPRESENTATIVE VIEW OF BOTTOM LATERAL BRACING, VIEW TO SOUTHEAST TOWARD PIER 2S.
19. REPRESENTATIVE VIEW THROUGH TRUSSES, TAKEN FROM BELOW ROADWAY AT 1S.
20. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST AT CENTERLINE (U37) WHERE SWING SPANS MEET. PIVOT PIER 1N AT LEFT, PIVOT PIER 1S AT RIGHT.
21. SOUTH SWING SPAN (1S), SHOWING PLACEMENT OF BRIDGE HOUSE AND GENERATOR HOUSE.
22. VIEW TO NORTHWEST FROM YORKTOWN SIDE, SHOWING SWING SPANS IN FULL OPEN POSITION.
23. VIEW TO NORTHEAST, NORTH SWING SPAN IN FULL OPEN POSITION.
24. VIEW TO NORTHEAST FROM BRIDGE HOUSE. SOUTH SWING SPAN (SEEN AS THE ROADWAY IN FOREGROUND) HAS CLOSED, NORTH SWING SPAN IS APPROACHING CLOSURE.
25. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST TOWARD RIVERWARD END OF FIXED SPAN (U22).
26. DETAIL OF BASCULE-TYPE SHEAR LOCK AT U22.
27. CENTER PIVOT, SOUTH SWING SPAN.
28. REPRESENTATIVE CENTER WEDGE. BALANCE WHEELS ON TRACK, WITH RACK TO OUTSIDE, SHOWN TO RIGHT OF THE WEDGE. PHOTO TAKEN AT SOUTH SWING SPAN.
29. SOUTH SWING SPAN, SHOWING REPRESENTATIVE REDUCTION GEAR/MOTOR DRIVE UNIT (CENTER) AND WEDGE MOTOR UNIT (RIGHT).
30. REPRESENTATIVE INTERIOR VIEW OF PIVOT PIER SHAFT, TAKEN AT 1S.
31. BRIDGE HOUSE, ATOP SOUTH SWING SPAN. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
32. INTERIOR VIEW OF BRIDGE HOUSE, SHOWING OPERATOR'S CONSOLE.


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