Wasena Bridge steps
Roanoke, Virginia’s Wasena Bridge was constructed as a federal Public Works Administration (PWA) project between 1938 and 1939 by Contractor M. S. Hudgins, Wisconsin Bridges & Iron Company and Consulting Engineers, Barrington & Cortelyou . The bridge carries the traffic of Main St. SW (Route 221) above train tracks, the Roanoke River, and Wasena Park, between Old Southwest / downtown Roanoke and the neighborhood of Wasena.
The PWA provided a $149,265 grant for the bridge’s construction; the final cost of the project was $336,254. Construction occurred between August 1938 and August 1939.
PWA and dedication plaques are located at the north end of the bridge.
(PWA Docket No. VA [W]1152)
National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 120.
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Ralph Berrier, Jr., “The historic bridges of Roanoke,” The Roanoke Times, Nov. 16, 2014
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish and Susan Allen on November 3, 2014.
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