Matthew E. Welsh Bridge
|Matthew E. Welsh Bridge|
View underneath from Indiana side
|Carries||2 lanes of Kentucky Route 79 and Indiana State Road 135|
|Total length||3,098 ft (944 m)|
|Longest span||221 m|
|Construction begin||August 1964|
|Opened||November 19, 1966|
Matthew E. Welsh Bridge is a two-lane, single-pier cantilever bridge on the Ohio River. The bridge connects Kentucky Route 79 and Indiana State Road 135, as well as the communities of Brandenburg, Kentucky and Mauckport, Indiana.
It is 3,098 ft (944 m) long and was built at a cost of 5.5 million dollars, financed mainly by the State of Indiana. The truss portion of the bridge is continuous across two 725 ft (221 m) spans. Construction of the bridge began in August 1964 and the bridge was opened to traffic on November 19, 1966.
The bridge was named after Matthew E. Welsh, the 41st governor of Indiana.
The Matthew E. Welsh Bridge, as seen from the landing in Brandenburg, Kentucky
- Durkee, Jackson, "World's Longest Bridge Spans", National Steel Bridge Alliance, May 24, 1999
- Matthew E. Walsh Bridge at Bridges & Tunnels