Blennerhassett Island Bridge

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Blennerhassett Island Bridge
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Coordinates 39°16′36″N 81°38′49″W / 39.27667°N 81.64694°W / 39.27667; -81.64694Coordinates: 39°16′36″N 81°38′49″W / 39.27667°N 81.64694°W / 39.27667; -81.64694
Carries 4 lanes of US 50
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Belpre, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia
Maintained by West Virginia Division of Highways
Design Network Arch Bridge
Total length 4,009 feet (1,222 m)
Width 107 feet (33 m)
Longest span 878 feet (268 m)
Vertical clearance 76 feet (23 m)
Opened June 13, 2008

Blennerhassett Island Bridge opened to traffic June 13, 2008. The bridge is a Network Arch Bridge constructed[1] at a cost of $120 million over the Ohio River between Belpre, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Construction of the bridge was completed by the Walsh Construction Company of Chicago.[2]

The completion of the span, which carries U.S. Route 50, completed Corridor D between Interstate 275 east of Cincinnati to Interstate 79 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. Corridor D is a part of the Appalachian Development Highway System.[2]


The bridge travels over the Ohio River and the historic Blennerhassett Island. The bridge is wholly owned by WVDOT while only the approach ramps on the Ohio side are owned by ODOT .

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  1. ^ Parkersburg News. "Bridge Nears Completion". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Innovative tied-arch steel bridge to span Ohio River". Retrieved 2005-05-28. 

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