Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A gray day

After two and a half weeks of dry sunny weather, rain and gray skies returned to the Huntington area today. Man, I missed April in November.

But after enduring a week of December in October, today wasn't so bad.

Here, the mv. Mary Harter prepares to go under the East End bridge.

Rain fell in late morning, creating interesting ripples and such on the surface of the Ohio River.

And here's my favorite bridge under those not-so-great skies.

A new road and a new bridge

In the summer of 1986, I drove both sides of the Ohio River, from Point Pleasant WV to Pittsburgh, down the north side to Cairo IL and back to Point Pleasant. I expected some surprises, but one thing did not surprise me: Some of the prettiest countryside along the Ohio River was along Ohio 124 south of Belpre OH, through a few miles of Athens County and into Meigs County.

Part of that road has been closed for nearly four years because of bank slippage. But on Monday, a replacement road routed farther from the river opened, according to an article in The Parkersburg (WV) News.

Parts of the old road are open as a county road. Somehow, sometime I have to get up there to look at what they did to this wonderful road.


The new Ohio River bridge at Madison IN has moved up on the state's priority list and could be open for traffic in about three years, according to an article in The Madison Courier.

This is one project that I'll have to scrape up the money to go see once it gets started. There's always room on my hard drive for photos of a new Ohio River bridge. Or an old one.