Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Scary bridges

Last night I encountered a traffic jam on the way home from work, so I took an alternate route that ended up being longer than what I probably would have had to deal with on the interstate. As part of that route I drove across an old bridge that I found almost scary. It was narrow. It shook when normal traffic went past, so I was glad there was a strict weight limit. And it looked like it hadn't been painted since Betty White was in high school.

That bridge was over the Kanawha River. My question is, are there any old bridges over the Ohio River that are borderline scary? Old, narrow ones that shake? Otherwise okay, but too much traffic? I'm guessing there are some between Wheeling and Pittsburgh, and I assume the Brent Spence Bridge at Cincinnati would be on the list, but I would like to know if there are any highway bridges over the Ohio that people go out of their way to avoid.

Leave a note in the comments if you have a bridge for the list.


Danny Fulks said...

Isn't that bridge from Ironton over to Ky. an old two lane? I've wondered why they even build two lane bridges like the East in Huntington, how much more would it cost for an extra lane. The Bob Byrds in Huntington and Pt. Pleasant are safe bridges. 31st. has no merging space.

Dangerous Dan said...

That's the 90 yr old Ironton-Russell Bridge. I cross it at least once and sometimes twice a week to visit family just north of Ironton. I, for one, won't miss it when its replacement is completed in 2015.

I'm glad I'm not a daily commuter over that thing.