Sciotoville Bridge

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Sciotoville Bridge
View of Sciotoville Bridge in March 2007
Coordinates 38°45′10″N 82°53′09″W / 38.752878°N 82.885773°W / 38.752878; -82.885773Coordinates: 38°45′10″N 82°53′09″W / 38.752878°N 82.885773°W / 38.752878; -82.885773
Carries Two tracks of CSX Transportation
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Siloam Junction, Kentucky and Sciotoville, Ohio, USA
Maintained by CSX Transportation
Design continuous truss bridge
Total length 1,550 feet
Longest span 775 feet
Opened 1916

The Sciotoville Bridge is a steel continuous truss bridge carrying tracks of CSX Transportation across the Ohio River between Siloam - a junction located north of Limeville, Kentucky and east of South Shore, Kentucky - and Sciotoville, Ohio in the United States. Designed by Gustav Lindenthal, the bridge was constructed in 1916 by Chesapeake and Ohio Railway subsidiary Chesapeake and Ohio Northern Railway as part of a new route between Ashland, Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio.

The bridge is continuous across two 775-foot-long (236 m) spans,[1] and is considered an engineering marvel. It held the record for longest continuous truss span in the world from its opening until 1945.

Today the bridge is used by the CSX Railroad, one of the seven major Class 1 railroads operating in North America.[2]

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  1. ^ Durkee, Jackson, "World's Longest Bridge Spans" Archived 2002-06-01 at the Wayback Machine., National Steel Bridge Alliance, May 24, 1999
  2. ^ William D. Middletown. "Colossus on the Ohio". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 

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Aerial view of the bridge and surroundings