Aetnaville Bridge

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Aetnaville Bridge
Aetnaville Bridge.jpg
View of bridge from Ohio end
Crosses Back channel of the Ohio River
Locale Wheeling, West Virginia
Design Pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss;[1] Parker truss configuration[2]
Material steel
Total length 440 feet (130 m)
Longest span 110 feet (34 m)
No. of spans 4 spans
Designer Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio[2]
Construction start 1890[1]
Construction end 1891[1]
Closed 1988
Daily traffic pedestrian only
Aetnaville Bridge
Aetnaville Bridge is located in West Virginia
Aetnaville Bridge
Aetnaville Bridge is located in the US
Aetnaville Bridge
Coordinates 40°4′48.118″N 80°44′12.5118″W / 40.08003278°N 80.736808833°W / 40.08003278; -80.736808833Coordinates: 40°4′48.118″N 80°44′12.5118″W / 40.08003278°N 80.736808833°W / 40.08003278; -80.736808833
Part of Wheeling Island Historic District (#92000320[3])
Designated CP April 2, 1992

The Aetnaville Bridge is a through truss bridge spanning the back channel of the Ohio River between Bridgeport, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia. The bridge was built in December 1891 and used for vehicular traffic until December 1988, when it was closed to cars due to safety concerns. The structure was used by pedestrians until its complete closure in 2016.

The bridge was once a trolley bridge long ago. The bridge is now used mostly as a way for pedestrians, bicyclists, and joggers, to cross without having to go all the way around to the new Bridgeport Bridge.[4] The bridge was closed from October 19 to 23, 2015, to be evaluated for safety. Local residents are fighting to save this bridge, because it is a popular pedestrian footwalk, and part of a proposed bicycle and jogging trail.[5] As of January 20, 2016, there have been metal fences barricading the bridge pending further decision-making as to how to proceed with possible repairs .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Historic Bridges of the United States
  2. ^ a b Historic Bridges
  3. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Connors, Fred (September 13, 2011). Bridge Comes Tumbling Down. Wheeling News-Register. 
  5. ^

External links[edit]

Media related to Aetnaville Bridge (Wheeling, WV) at Wikimedia Commons

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