Moundsville Bridge

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Moundsville Bridge
Moundsville Bridge.jpg
The Moundsville Bridge in 2006
Carries
WV 2 Spur / SR 872
Crosses Ohio River
Official name Arch A. Moore Bridge
Characteristics
Design Through arch
Longest span 912 feet (278 m)
History
Inaugurated August 15, 1986
Moundsville Bridge map.svg

The Moundsville Bridge is a four-lane through arch bridge that connects Mead Township, Ohio and Moundsville, West Virginia across the Ohio River. The approach routes to the bridge carries Ohio State Route 872 (SR 872) on the Ohio side and the unsigned West Virginia Route 2 Spur on the West Virginia side.[1] The bridge is also officially known as the Arch A. Moore Bridge, named after the former West Virginia governor Arch A. Moore, Jr..[2]

Description[edit]

The western approach to the bridge begins at a diamond interchange with Ohio State Route 7 in rural Mead Township, Belmont County, Ohio. North of the interchange, Township Road 533 but towards the bridge, the four-lane, divided SR 872 begins. The road curves to the east and has intersections with access roads (TR 533) to the R.E. Burger Power Plant. First, SR 872 passes over TR 533 and railroad lines before beginning the Moundsville Bridge itself. Near the north bank of the river, the bridge crosses the state line where SR 872 ends and WV 2 Spur begins. After passing the main span, the road begins descending into Moundsville passing over local streets and a railroad. WV 2 Spur ends at a signalized intersection with WV 2 (Lafayette Avenue) and 12th Street in the central business district of Moundsville.[3]

Junction list[edit]

State County Location mi[4][3] km Destinations Notes
Ohio Belmont Mead Township 0.00 0.00 SR 7 / Township Road 533 – Bellaire, Powhatan Point Interchange
Ohio River 0.63
0.0
1.01
0.0
Moundsville Bridge (state line)
West Virginia Marshall Moundsville 0.4 0.6 WV 2 (Lafayette Avenue) / 12th Street – Wheeling, New Martinsville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

History[edit]

The Dilles Bottom section of Mead Township and Moundsville had been connected by a toll ferry since 1951.[5] Upon the completion of the bridge, the ferry was retired.

Planning for the bridge has been ongoing since the late 1970s. Plans for the bridge began during the end of Arch Moore's term as governor but went into limbo due to a state moratorium on building projects at the time.[6] Construction resumed on the bridge upon the announcement of shared funding from West Virginia, Ohio, and the federal government in 1977 by then-Governor Jay Rockefeller; construction was expected to be completed in 1980.[6] By 1979, the Ohio access route was built but the bridge itself was not opened until August 15, 1986.[4][5]

The opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, along with the Moundsville Bridge was thought to have reduced the amount of traffic, and thus tolls collected by the nearby Bellaire Bridge by up to 50 per-cent in 1987.[7]

Cultural references[edit]

In the 2011 independent film Margin Call, a character played by Stanley Tucci boasts of designing a bridge between Moundsville and Dilles Bottom, Ohio in 1986.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Virginia Department of Transportation: General Highway Map, Marshall County West Virginia, January 2004.
  2. ^ Staff (November 5, 2011). "Restricted Traffic on Arch A. Moore Bridge". WTRF. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Google (February 15, 2014). "Moundsville Bridge" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams - SR 872" (PDF). Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Staff (August 18, 1986). "Bridge to end ferry". The Bryan Times (Bryan, Ohio). p. 11. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Grimes, Richard (March 29, 1977). "Bridges, Dam, Museum Get OK". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Harrison, Eric (March 1, 1987). "For Sale: 1 Toll Bridge In The Heart Of The 'Rust Belt'". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A19. Retrieved December 15, 2013 – via ProQuest. (subscription required (help)). 

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Coordinates: 39°54′48″N 80°45′15″W / 39.91333°N 80.75417°W / 39.91333; -80.75417