Ravenswood Bridge

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View of the bridge from Ravenswood
The Ravenswood Bridge in 2007

Ravenswood Bridge is a two-lane cantilever bridge in the United States, connecting Ravenswood, West Virginia and rural Meigs County, Ohio, across the Ohio River. It has a total length of 2,710 ft (830 m) with a main span of 900 ft (270 m). The bridge was completed in 1981[1] as part of a state-bill economic plan to replace narrow two-lane roads in southeastern Ohio with modern, wider roads.[citation needed]

The bridge replaced a ferry that had crossed the river between Ravenswood at Walnut Street and rural Lebanon Township since at least 1925.[2][3] When the bridge opened in 1981, on the Ohio side of the river, the bridge and its approach route carried the 0.57-mile-long (0.92 km) State Route 824 (SR 824).[4] The crossing originally lead to a winding two-lane SR 338. In 2003, the SR 824 designation was removed when the US 33 bypass in Meigs County was completed leading to Pomeroy, Ohio.[5]

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  1. ^ The World Almanac and Book of Facts. World Almanac Education Group. 2002. p. 609. ISBN 0-88687-872-1. 
  2. ^ United States Geological Survey (1960). Ravenswood Quadrangle - West Virginia/Ohio (Map). 1 : 24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic) (Revised 1987 ed.). http://ims.er.usgs.gov/gda_services/download?item_id=5414054. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Ohio Division of Highways (1925) (MrSID). Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (Map). Cartography by G.F. Schlesinger, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1925a.sid. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "2001 MEIGS CO 2 AVERAGE 24-HR TRAFFIC VOLUME". ODOT. 2001. p. 3. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (2003) (MrSID). 2003-2004 Official Ohio Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by Gordon Proctor, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm2003a.sid. Retrieved August 20, 2013.

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Coordinates: 38°56′11″N 81°45′26″W / 38.9365°N 81.7572°W / 38.9365; -81.7572