Silver Memorial Bridge

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This article is about the current bridge. For the original bridge which collapsed in 1967, see Silver Bridge.
Silver Memorial Bridge
Day 10- The Silver Memorial Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 38°50′04″N 82°08′51″W / 38.83444°N 82.14750°W / 38.83444; -82.14750Coordinates: 38°50′04″N 82°08′51″W / 38.83444°N 82.14750°W / 38.83444; -82.14750
Carries 4 lanes of US 35
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Gallipolis, Ohio to Henderson, West Virginia
Design cantilever bridge
Total length 1,964 feet (599 m)[1]
Width 60 feet (18 m)[1]
Longest span 900 feet (270 m)
Clearance below 69 feet (21 m)[1]
Opened December 15, 1969[2]

The Silver Memorial Bridge is a cantilever bridge which spans the Ohio River between Gallipolis, Ohio and Henderson, West Virginia. The bridge was completed in 1969, shortly after the Silver Bridge disaster, although it is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) downstream (south) of the original.[3] The design of the bridge is much more proven than the ill-fated eyebar chain suspension bridge, which collapsed in 1967.

The bridge carries US 35 across the river and serves as a major crossing for people and goods traveling between Charleston, West Virginia and Southern and Central Ohio. The speed limit on the bridge is 65 mph (105 km/h). No toll is imposed at either end.

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  1. ^ a b c "National Bridge Inventory: Structure 00000000027A063". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ Cahal, Sherman. "Sherman Cahal: Silver Memorial Bridge (US 35)". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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