Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ironton-Russell Bridge

The Ohio Department of Transportation is working on another design for a new  bridge to replace the Ironton-Russell Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1922. It was the first highway bridge over the Ohio River between Wheeling and Cincinnati. It's not in the best of shape. But it has survived many other bridges that were built and demolished since 1922.

Needing a mental health day, I headed down the river 20 miles from Huntington to get a few pics of the Ironton-Russell Bridge. The sidewalk is closed, so I couldn't walk up on the old bridge, but I got a few shots anyway.

First, one taken from Russell Ky side:

Approaching the bridge from the Ohio side:
On the bridge heading toward Kentucky from Ohio:
And under the bridge on the Russell side:

Finally, have you ever looked at one of these old steel truss bridges and wondered exactly how many pieces of metal are in it?