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Bridge News Great

Editor, News-Register:

I was quite pleased upon learning the news that the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which has been closed to all vehicular traffic since September 2019, will in the relatively near future be undergoing reconstructive repair work, which is scheduled for completion circa June 30, 2023.

It has recently been announced that Advantage Steel and Construction LLC has been awarded a $17,907,147 contract by the West Virginia Division of Highways for the renovation, which will eventually lead to the reopening of the iconic structure.

Very welcomed news indeed!

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which was constructed under the expert supervision of Charles Ellet Jr. (1810-1862), spans 1,010 feet across the Ohio River from the city of Wheeling to Wheeling Island, from 1847-49, and officially opened in 1849, 172 years ago, at a reported cost of $250,000.

In 1980, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and until its closure in 2019 was listed as the “oldest working suspension bridge” of its type in the western hemisphere.

The anticipated reopening of this great historical landmark is most encouraging, and when the project is completed, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge will once again be of great service to area residents, as well as tourists.

Hopefully, similarly encouraging news may be forthcoming regarding future plans for the Aetnaville Bridge as well, which has been closed to vehicular traffic since 1988, and to pedestrian traffic since January 2016.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry


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