Wellsburg bridge

More than two years after its groundbreaking ceremony, crews with the Flatiron Corporation of Broomfield, Colo., continue constructing the piers and supporting structures for the new bridge crossing the Ohio River between the Wellsburg area and Brilliant. The span, which will eventually extend 1,600 feet across the Ohio River, will include a 830-foot tied-arch span, which is being constructed along the shore a short distance upriver. The tied-arch span is scheduled to be transported down river on barges and hoisted into place onto the bridge piers by early spring, according to West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 Engineer Tony Clark. An estimated weight of 4,000 tons, the tied-arch span is believed to be the heaviest structure to be lifted in such a way in the United States.

— Scott McCloskey


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