2006 May 04

Bridge Re-opened Friday, October 7, 2005

- Historic Span Will Become Part of Regional Trails Network -

Wins Scenic Virginia Top Award


See Channel 13 News Report & Video
Directions
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail - Staunton River

Recreation Map
Recreation Map
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pdf

Historic & Natural Resources Map
Historic & Natural Resources Map

Bridge Photos
Photos
Aerial Photo

Letters of Endorsement
Letters of Endorsement

River Chart
River Chart

Staunton River Tour
Staunton River Tour

Staunton River Batteau Poster
Staunton River Museum Exhibit

Bridge History
Bridge History

Cleanup Day at Clarkton Bridge
Cleaning Up The Entrance

Historic Clarkton Bridge A treasure from Southside Virginia’s past, an asset for its future

1901 BUILT BY A LOCAL PARTNERSHIP
1932 ACCEPTED INTO STATE ROAD SYSTEM
1998 CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
2001-2003 SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION
2003 GRANTED A “LAST CHANCE” DEMOLITION REPRIEVE BY VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
2004 CAN BE PRESERVED AND ADAPTED FOR RECREATION

Resource for outdoor recreation and nature tourism
• A key link for a network of walking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails
• Nominated as a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
• Accessible by canoe from boat landing below bridge
• Upstream from Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation’s conservation area

Easily adapted for access
• A unique 10,000 sq. ft. platform, high above a State Scenic River, in a near wilderness setting
• An opportunity for individuals with limited mobility to enjoy birding and wildlife watching on the Staunton Scenic River

Heritage tourism attraction
• Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
• Within six miles of Red Hill, Patrick Henry’s last home
• Upstream from Staunton River Battlefield State Park
• Near Mulberry Hill Plantation, new addition to state parks system
• Potential open air exhibit of engineering and transportation history

Asset for economic development
• Tourism is proven economic development strategy for rural areas
• Nature tourism and heritage tourism are fast growing travel industry sectors, nationwide and in Virginia
• Southside Virginia is within one day’s drive of more than 50% of nation’s population



For additional information, contact CLARKTON BRIDGE ALLIANCE,
c/o P.O. Box 75, Keysville, VA 23947 Telephone 434-476-6384. pkpettus@hotmail.com




Bridge photo showing Fox Rock in the morning hours.

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Resources:

News Stories

Clarkton Bridge Opens - News & Record - October 9, 2005
Celebrating Victory At Clarkton Bridge - Gazette-Virginian - October 9, 2005
Cub Scouts to cut ribbon reopening Clarkton Bridge - Brookneal Union Star, October 4, 2005
DOT: Clarkton Bridge Is Complete - Gazette-Virginian - August 12, 2005
American Heritage of Invention & Technology - Save Our Span! - Summer 2005 Edition
Nearing Completion - Gazette-Virginian - July 8, 2005
Tobacco Heritage Trail - News & Record - November 29, 2004
Clarkton Bridge Alliance Press Release - October 3, 2004
Area Bridge is Safe From Wrecking Ball - ABC Channel 13 - October 3, 2004
VDOT To Own, Maintain Bridge - Gazette-Virginian - September 27, 2004
A Gift From The Heart - Gazette-Virginian - August 25, 2004
Deal reached on Clarkton Bridge - News & Record Editorial, July 5, 2004
Clarkton Bridge Is Spared - Gazette-Virginian - July 5, 2004
Proposal Is Made To Save Bridge - Gazette-Virginian - July 2, 2004
Historic Bridges in the News
Weed Offers Proposal For Saving Clarkton Bridge - News & Record , July 1, 2004
Inch By Inch - News & Record Editorial, July 1, 2004
Bridge Backers 'Scrambling' To Satisfy - News & Record, June 28, 2004
VDOT: Show Me The Money - Gazette-Virginian - June 25, 2004
Troopers Called In To Guard Bridge - News & Record, June 24, 2004
Chainsaw Phil - News & Record Editorial, June 24, 2004
The battle of Clarkton Bridge - Richmond-Times Dispatch, June 23, 2004
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - seeking a reprieve from demolition.
Supporters Protest Clarkton Demolition - Gazette-Virginian - June 21, 2004 - Hundreds Turn Out -       Large Photo of Bridge Supporters
Strategy To Save Bridge Takes Shape - News & Record, June 21, 2004 -Failure To Obtain permit Could Hold Up Demolition
We're Going To Do What We Gotta Do - News & Record, June 21, 2004 - The rally to save Clarkton Bridge drew about 140 people.
300 protest planned demolition of historic bridge - By the Associated Press, Published June 20, 2004
IDA Wants Clarkton Bridge Spared - Gazette-Virginian - June 18, 2004
Efforts continue to save bridge as deadline looms - Altavista Journal, June 18, 2004
Backers Rally For Bridge - News & Record, June 17, 2004
Fight To Save Clarkton Bridge Underway - Gazette-Virginian - June 11, 2004
WHLF - P.K. Pettus Interview, June 10, 2004
Clarkton Demolition To Begin In Two Weeks - News & Record, June 10, 2004
Fight To Save Clarkton Bridge Underway - Gazette-Virginian - June 11, 2004
Worth Saving? - News & Record Editorial, June 10, 2004
Can Clarkton Bridge Be Saved? - Gazette-Virginian - June 9, 2004
VDOT Acts To Demolish Bridge - Gazette-Virginian - June 4, 2004
Shucet Calls for Clarkton Demolition - News & Record, June 3, 2004
WHLF Radio News April 2004
Bridge Is On Track for New Future - Gazette-Virginian, March 12, 2004.
WHLF Radio News Febuary 2004
Saving Clarkton Bridge - Gazette-Virginian, Febuary 11, 2004.
Old Southside Bridge Running Out of Time - WSET 13, September 16, 2003.
Can Clarkton Bridge Be Saved - N & R, September 15, 2003.
A 120-Day Reprieve Could Equal 100 Years - G-V September 15, 2003.
Clarkton Bridge Granted 120-Day Reprieve From Demolition - G-V June 4, 2003.
Bridge Closure "major inconvenience" - Times-Dispatch, Sunday, January 20, 1991

Agencies & Organizations

Roanoke River Rails-To-Trails "Tobacco Heritage Trail"
Historic Bridges of Virginia
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
• APVA - The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities - Preservation Virginia
• DGIF - Va. Birding and Wildlife Trail, Va. Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
• DHR - Va. Department of Historic Resources
• SPDC - Southside Planning District Commission
• DCR - Va. Department of Conservation & Recreation
Old Dominion RC&D
Staunton River Battlefield State Park
Historic Staunton River Foundation


For more information contact P.K. Pettus, 434-390-2632, or Carl Espy, IV, 434-476-2343.




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