The one-lane John G. Lewis bridge, spanning Catoctin Creek on Featherbed Lane, was built in 1889 and is a rare surviving example of a wrought iron truss bridge—one of only five still standing bridges built by the Variety Iron Company. A year ago, the Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee led a successful effort to rename the historic bridge on Featherbed Road to the John G. Lewis Bridge. Lewis, recently deceased, was for more than 50 years a major figure in historic preservation in Loudoun County. Lewis led the effort that placed this bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Committee wanted to ensure that this bridge was again recognized as a significant historic resource on the Catoctin Creek.
Not long after the renaming was approved by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Committee received notice that the bridge’s most recent evaluation indicated that the bridge needed extensive renovations or replacement, and that the weight limit would be reduced to 3 tons. VDOT is required to hold a meeting of interested persons and organizations (a Section 106 Meeting), at which all interested groups and individuals can participate in the discussion of the future of the bridge.
Many persons and groups are interested in maintaining and extending the life of this unique, historic bridge. Please check back for announcements on this topic.
Two significant meetings concerning the John G. Lewis Bridge on Featherbed Lane took place in late July. On July 28, the historic bridge was the site of its own official naming ceremony, in honor of the Loudoun preservationist who worked to protect it and have it listed on the National Register, with speeches and remarks delivered by several local politicians and groups. Catoctin District Supervisor Geary Higgins organized the bridge naming ceremony to honor John Lewis and his work as Read More →
The second stakeholders meeting on the rehabilitation of the historic John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge, which spans Catoctin Creek on Featherbed Lane, takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Old School Auditorium in Waterford. The one-lane bridge was built in 1889 and is a rare surviving example of a wrought iron truss bridge—one of only five still standing bridges built by the Variety Iron Company. It is located on part of the unique and historic Read More →
The Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition has sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation the following letter concerning the historic bridge on Featherbed Lane. May 20, 2015 Mr. Raymond Ezell, RPA Virginia Department of Transportation 87 Dearcon Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405 Project State: 0673-053-6051 UPC: 105898; The John G. Lewis Bridge on Featherbed Lane (Rt 673); Bridge Structure No. 6051; Loudoun County Dear Mr. Ezell: As a consulting party on this project, I am writing on behalf of the Read More →
Please mark your calendars: The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a Section 106 meeting on the historic John G. Lewis bridge at the Old School in Waterford from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. The school is at 40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford, Virginia (just off Route 665 in the village). VDOT will be on hand to discuss the status of the bridge project. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The meeting Read More →