Saturday, March 29, 2014

Market Street Bridge

It opened in 1904, but it looks like the Market Street Bridge in Steubenville, Ohio, will be around at least 20 more years while West Virginia or whoever decides how to replace it. With bridges costing in the hundreds of millions now, it may be longer than that. You never know.

A group met this week to discuss the future of the bridge. Adam and I crossed it a couple of years ago when we were up that way last. A few observations"

1. West Virginians love the color combination of blue and gold, but come on.

2. The combination of a basic suspension bridge with the addition of a Warren through truss makes this one odd-looking bridge.

3. Does anyone like driving over a steel grid roadway? It's better than no bridge at all, I guess. I remember the first time I drove a car with wide tires over a grid bridge deck. The first thirty feet or so, that car drifted like it was on an ice road until I figured out what was going on.

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