Sunday, August 24, 2014

A bridge goes up

I was in Russell, Ky., yesterday chasing the M/V Marathon down the river while the light was good, the water was calm and I had gas in the car. While there, I got to see progress on the new Ohio River bridge that will replace the existing one, which opened to traffic in 1922.

The new bridge will be similar in appearance to the Bridge of Honor at Pomeroy, Ohio. Completion is scheduled for summer 2016. It looks like the old bridge will fall six years short of its centennial.

P.S. There is an error in the link to the earlier post about the old bridge. It is the oldest highway bridge between Wheeling and Cincinnati that is still in use, but I believe there was a bridge at Belpre, Ohio, and Parkersburg, W.Va., that opened before the Ironton-Russell Bridge. That bridge was demolished in 1980, I believe.