Interstate 470 Bridge

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Interstate 470 Bridge
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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge is a four-lane arch-suspension bridge in the United States. It carries Interstate 470 over the Ohio River between Bridgeport, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia.
Coordinates 40°02′59″N 80°43′51″W / 40.0498°N 80.7307°W / 40.0498; -80.7307Coordinates: 40°02′59″N 80°43′51″W / 40.0498°N 80.7307°W / 40.0498; -80.7307
Carries 4 lanes of I-470
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Bridgeport, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia
Official name Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge
ID number 00000000035A123
Characteristics
Design Tied-arch bridge
Total length 409 m (1,342 ft)
Longest span 239 m (784 ft)
Clearance above 21 m (69 ft)
History
Construction start 1975 (1975)
Construction end 1983
References
[1][2]

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge is a four-lane arch-suspension bridge in the United States. It carries Interstate 470 over the Ohio River between Bridgeport, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia.

History[edit]

Construction on the tied-arch bridge began in 1975, and was scheduled to be completed by 1981. Construction was not completed on time due to the Ohio Department of Transportation's delays on Ohio State Route 7 along the western shores of the river.[2] The estimated cost to construct the span was about $54 million.[3] During construction of the span it was dubbed the "bridge to nowhere" as the bridge did not connect to the Ohio segment of I-470. In 1981, frays in the vertical hanger cables delayed the opening of the bridge, which was scheduled to open in July 1981.[4]

The opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, along with another bridge in nearby Moundsville was thought to have reduced the amount of traffic, and thus tolls collected by the nearby Bellaire Bridge by up to 50 percent in 1987.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 00000000035A123". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. 
  2. ^ a b "Problems Stall Ohio River Span Opening". Sunday Times-Sentinel. Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Associated Press. July 24, 1983. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hodel, Martha Bryson (November 20, 1980). "New Bridges to Cut Down Travel Time". The Daily Sentinel. Middleport, Ohio. Associated Press. p. 1. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frayed Cables Delay Span". Daily Times. Portsmouth, Ohio. Associated Press. April 27, 1981. p. 1. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ 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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