When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, a travel challenge was solved. The bridge reduced a 45-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of North America's oldest rivers to less than a minute drive. When it comes to road construction, mountains do pose a challenge. In this case the challenge was transformed into a work of structural art.
In June 1974, the first steel was positioned over the gorge by trolleys running on three-inch diameter cables. The cables were strung 3,500 feet between two matching towers.
Michael Baker Company designed the bridge and the American Bridge division of U.S. Steel constructed it using Corten steel with a rust-like appearance that never needs painting.
To celebrate the anniversary of the completion of the bridge, Bridge Day is held annually on the third Saturday of October. On that day the bridge is open to pedestrians and a wide variety of activities are offered, drawing tens of thousands to West Virginia's largest festival.
Two Statues of Liberty and one Washington Monument can fit under the arch with 20 feet
• The roadway is 876 feet (267 m) above the New River
• The bridge is 3,030 feet (924 m) long
• The arch is 1,700 feet (518 m) long
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
Location. 38° 4.2′ N, 81° 4.7′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Visitors Center Road, on the left when traveling west. The marker is on the grounds of the New River Gorge Bridge Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville WV 25840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Growth of an Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanning the Gorge (within shouting distance of this marker); From Coal Mining to Rock Climbing (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New River Gorge Bridge (about 500 feet away); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (about 600 feet away); New River Gorge Scenic Drives (about 700 feet away); The Deceptive Forest (about 700 feet away); New River (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
Also see . . . New River Gorge Bridge. (Submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.