2 votes

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #131696


Street View 


Cantilevered through truss bridge over Kanawha River on Center Street in St. Albans
Kanawha County, West Virginia
Built 1934; rehabilitated 1977, replaced 2013
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 450.2 ft.
Total length: 1,367.2 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Kanawha River Center Street Bridge
St. Albans - Nitro Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39167, -81.83167   (decimal degrees)
38°23'30" N, 81°49'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/427371/4249600 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Albans
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory number
BH 35234 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 30, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been replaced.
  • February 24, 2013: New photo from Ben Tate
  • February 15, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Builders
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • November 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: overview, street name


  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Todd Wilson
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted January 29, 2015, by Buddy Clem (buddy [dot] clem [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been replaced by a modern 3 lane bridge. It is laid out as 1 lane uphill and 2 lanes down. There was no room for a second bridge, or anything wider than 3 lanes. It is beautiful and safe and well lit, but it still is sad to see an old bridge go. It was severely rusted and structurally deficient and had a 5 ton weight limit. There were concerns that it could collapse like the old Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant in the 1960's. Please update the page. There are not very many crossings across the Kanawha River and they are miles apart, so the bridge replacement increased commute times by many minutes up to at least an hour at times. Love the website and I also love bridges and tunnels too.

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted March 1, 2013, by Josh (joshkingwv [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'll be honest with you, I hated going across this bridge. It's very narrow and makes for a stressful crossing, especially during rush hour. But, although I hated crossing it, I hate to see it replaced with something that has little to no personality and no historical significance. I wish they could have done the same thing to this one that they did to the Winfield Toll Bridge - even though they are different types of bridges.

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted February 12, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

But your recommendations are too logical Nathan. That would be like my professor telling The Powers That Be to consolidate the education department into one large building after renovating the campus as opposed to having them be in parts of three buildings in different ends. Too logical. It makes too much sense, so the result was it did not happen. But you know if you like to walk around a lot then that's a deal for you ...

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Railings are not primary structural elements of a cantilever truss bridge. Deteriorated railings do not justify structure replacement. If the ADT is accurate, that is a lot of a traffic for a 20 foot roadway. My recommendation for a project at this location would be to construct a second bridge, rehabilitate the existing bridge, and form a one-way couplet of bridges. Having two separate bridges makes it possible to shut down one bridge for repair without complete road closure, and it also preserves a historic bridge type that is very rare in West Virginia.

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They have a vote going on with the design for the new bridge. The winner seems to be a haunched plate girder. By the look of this truss, it looks too narrow as well as what the last guy said about the rusting railings

Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Posted September 15, 2011, by FRED KING (freddiefaking [at] msn [dot] com)

this has gone on to long the railings are rusted off on the bottom , if a car hits them they are in the river. it should have been done a while ago. GETTER DONE