"This project places a new structure downstream approximately fifty feet parallel to the existing bridge. Maintenance of traffic would be handled on the exiting bridge during construction. Total length of the new bridge is 840 feet. The 1927 bridge will be demolished and removed by Division of Highways upon completion of the project.
"The Cotton Hill Station Bridge and Cutoff plans were developed by the State Road Commission in 1926. The superstructure developed by the State Road Commission design dictated the use of two plate girder bridges, one 49 1/2' and one 70', three 185' nine panel Pratt deck trusses, one 66' Warren deck truss, and two 30' I-beam bridges for the superstructure which would be suspenced approximately 100 feet above the the surface of the New River. The two plate girder bridges were designed to extend across the C&O rails. This was a common practice in the era of the steam engine. Through trial and error, engineeers learned that plate girder bridges resisted the extreme heat and moisture expelled by the steam engine. The roadway was to be twenty feet, with steel lattice ballustrade guard rails. There were no sidewalks designed for the structure. The company with the lowest bid of $83,830.80 was the Vincennes Bridge Company from Vincennes, Indiana."
Shelly Birdsong, Historian
West Virginia Division of Highways
Building 5, Room A-464
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305