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Lansing in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

The Bridge

 
 
The Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
1. The Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1977, New River Bridge is the world’s longest single-arch steel span bridge. At 876 feet above the river it is American’s 2nd-highest bridge.

Features to Notice
Color. The steel used here, Cor-ten steel, rusts slightly on the surface. This surface-rust inhibits deeper rust, protecting the steel and eliminating the need to paint. It also provides the color which darkens with time.

Concrete supports anchoring bridge to opposite slope. Abandoned mine tunnels honeycombing the hillside created a major engineering problem. Engineers devised special supports.

(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
Workers lower the last beam to complete the arch. Steel was brought to position by trolleys running on 3-inch cables.

(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
Under construction, New River Bridge looms high above its predecessor, Fayette Station Bridge.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location.

New River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
2. New River Bridge
38° 4.194′ N, 81° 4.542′ W. Marker is in Lansing, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Visitor Center Road. The marker is on the grounds of the Canyon Rim Visitor Center New River Gorge National River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing WV 25862, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trail to Bridge Overlook (here, next to this marker); The Deceptive Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); New River (within shouting distance of this marker); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (within shouting distance of this marker); New River Gorge Scenic Drives (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to New River Gorge National River (within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend's Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fayetteville Town Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
New River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 7, 1994
3. New River Bridge
Entrance sign to Canyon Rim Visitor Center New River Gorge National River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
4. Entrance sign to Canyon Rim Visitor Center New River Gorge National River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 25, 2020