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This is a list of all 13 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Ohio River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1849 Wheeling (Wheeling and Belmont)
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:32
Structurae ID:0000478
O'Donnell ID:382
Coordinates:N 40.07167 W 80.72667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BOB, BPL, CEJ, COB, GBD, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, RWS, WCC, WHSB
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular (two-lane light)
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,010f
Notes
  • Rebuilt, 1854 after it was wrecked by a windstorm. Contrary to popular myth, the rebuilding was undertaken by Ellet and his assistant William K. McComas, not by John A. Roebling.
  • Overhauled, 1860. Again, popular myth often attributes this work to the Roeblings. WHSB attributes this work to William K. McComas. After this overhaul, the bridge still does not have the distinctive diagonal cable stays that give it the appearance of a Roebling bridge.
  • Overhauled, 1872, according to a design by Washington Roebling. John A. Roebling had died in 1869 and was not involved with this work. WHSB notes, "The design essentially Roeblingized the bridge with the diagonal cable stays that are such a prominent feature of the bridge."
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
  • Became longest suspension bridge by eclipsing 1834 Zaehringen - Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Eclipsed by new longest suspension bridge 1851 Lewiston-Queenston - Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Stuart Brorson Photo by Scott Bumgardner Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Collection of Doug Lehman
1867 John A. Roebling (Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Covington)
Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:65
Structurae ID:0000513
O'Donnell ID:1000
Coordinates:N 39.09167 W 84.50833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BAAW, BC3, BOB, BPL, COB, EOV, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, SJR, TOB
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1,057f
Side spans:2
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1897 Lincoln Highway (Chester)
East Liverpool, Ohio and Chester, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:105
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub, E.S. Fickes
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed, 1970
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:705f
Side spans:360f, 420f
Deck width:27f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1939 by David Steinman. Closed and demolished, 1970.
1897 Rochester
Rochester and Monaca, Pennsylvania, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:104
Structurae ID:0009575
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:E.K. Morse
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:800f
Side spans:400f, 416f
Deck width:28f
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1905 Market Street
Steubenville, Ohio and East Steubenville, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:114
Structurae ID:0009566
O'Donnell ID:454
Coordinates:N 40.35833 W 80.61167
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Under reconstruction (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:680f
Side spans:2 x 260f

Notes
Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1905 Newell
East Liverpool, Ohio and Newell, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:117
Structurae ID:0004767
O'Donnell ID:452
Coordinates:N 40.62167 W 80.595
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Dravo Company
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:750f
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1916 Belpre-Parkersburg
Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:134
Structurae ID:0007342
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2, SJR
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Demolished, March 16, 1980
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:775f
Side spans:275f, 375f
Deck width:22f
1927 General U.S. Grant
Portsmouth, Ohio and Fullerton, Kentucky, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:151
Structurae ID:0004783
O'Donnell ID:826
Coordinates:N 38.725 W 82.99833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, PTS2, SSS
Principals:Robinson and Steinman, J.E. Greiner, Dravo Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy)
Status:Demolished, July 2001
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Side spans:2 x 350f
Deck width:28.5f
Notes
  • AAJ: "Recabled" in 1939.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1928 Fort Steuben
Steubenville, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:154
Structurae ID:0009568
O'Donnell ID:455
Coordinates:N 40.37833 W 80.615
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:Dravo Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, February 2012 (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:688.75f
Side spans:2 x 283f
Deck width:20.25f

Notes
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1928 Point Pleasant (Silver)
Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Gallipolis vicinity, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:156
Structurae ID:0001423
References:AAJ, BDO, ENR19290620a, ENR19290620b, GBD, LAB, PTS2, SSS
Principals:J.E. Greiner Co.
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Collapsed, 1967
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Side spans:2 x 380f
Deck width:27f
Notes
1928 Saint Marys (Hi Carpenter, Short Route)
Saint Marys, West Virginia and Newport, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:159
References:BPL, GBD, PTS2
Principals:J.E. Greiner Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1971
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Notes
Photo by Ralph Trepal
1931 Simon Kenton Memorial (Maysville)
Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:172
Structurae ID:0000536
O'Donnell ID:825
Coordinates:N 38.65 W 83.76
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, SJR, SSS
Principals:Modjeski, Masters & Chase
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:323.1m
Side spans:2 x 141.7m
Deck width:28f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Stephen Schutte Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1962 (pipeline bridge)
Grays Branch vicinity, Kentucky and Scioto County, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:880
Structurae ID:0003360
O'Donnell ID:828
Coordinates:N 38.66058 W 82.85889
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Weldon F. Appelt, P.E., Clear Span Engineering, Inc
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:2,000f
Notes
  • Just downstream of Greenup Dam. Built for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Carries two 30" gas pipelines.
Photo by David Denenberg

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