West Huntington Bridge
The West Huntington Bridge (officially named the Nick Joe Rahall II Bridge, also called the West End Bridge or the 17th Street West Bridge) is a two-lane, 562-foot (171 m) cantilever bridge on the west side of Huntington, West Virginia. It crosses the Ohio River and carries U.S. Route 52 between State Route 7 and Interstate 64.
The bridge was completed in 1970 as part of the West Huntington Expressway. West Virginia Route 94 was signed on this bridge until 1984 when U.S. Route 52 was diverted on to a new route with Interstate 64. In 1999, the bridge was closed to traffic for refurbishing, which included a new driving surface, barriers and a green paint scheme. On May 9, 1999, the bridge was reopened and subsequently dedicated to Nick Joe Rahall, the congressman for the 3rd District of West Virginia. It was the first public works project to bear his name.
The bridge can also be seen in the closing scene of We Are Marshall. A female character is seen traveling across the bridge, going into Ohio from Huntington.
- Nick J. Rahall Bridge (US 52) at Bridges & Tunnels
- Redekopp, Christina. "West End bridge bears name of Rep. Nick Rahall." Herald-Dispatch [Huntington] May 9, 1999. Jan. 2, 2007.