The Hatfield-McCoy Trails recently erected a billboard touting the conversion of a railroad trestle located at Man as the “longest ATV trestle bridge in the country.”
Conversion of the former railroad trestle came about because the Hatfield and McCoy Trail Authority (HMRRA) wanted to provide ATV riders of the Rockhouse trail a means of crossing the Guyandotte River that would minimize conflict with automobiles on high traffic streets.
HMRRA secured a license agreement from CSX to adapt an inactive, existing railway bridge for recreational ATV use. Designers of the 580 foot ATV trestle bridge were challenged by the continual curve of the rails and the need for the bridge to be easily retrofitted to allow for train traffic. The bridge, owned by the CSX Corporation, is railbanked by CSX and can be reclaimed for railroad use at a future date.
By addressing the unique issues surrounding the trestle in their design, the Charleston engineering firm, Summit Engineering was selected to receive the 2014 West Virginia Department of Highways Excellence Award in the planning, traffic and environmental category in the annual competition of designs judged by the American Council of Engineering Companies.