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Dunbar Toll Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2012


BH Photo #249453

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Despite the name, this is a toll-free bridge. The bridge was originally built as a toll bridge and the name has stuck.


Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on CR 25/47 in South Charleston
Kanawha County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1953
Cantilever through truss
Length of largest span: 633.9 ft.
Total length: 1,384.9 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Also called
Kanawha River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.35500, -81.73667   (decimal degrees)
38°21'18" N, 81°44'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/435635/4245460 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston West
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 35236 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2016: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • February 24, 2013: New photo from Ben Tate
  • February 28, 2011: Updated by Chris Patriarca: Update name to Dunbar Toll Bridge
  • April 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type.



Dunbar Toll Bridge
Posted August 8, 2021, by Tom (thomasedwards48 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know when the Dunbar WV toll bridge stopped taking tolls?

Dunbar Toll Bridge
Posted August 10, 2015, by Bill Legg

Tom, the reason there is a truck restriction right now is because they are working on the sidewalk areas, making them accessible to handicap persons, not because of any weakness to the bridge itself. They need room to work, so they have narrowed the lanes down, so trucks can't really get through. One tried a couple of weeks ago and found out that they weren't kidding.

Dunbar Toll Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

I was driving through Charleston about a week ago. From I-64 there was an electronic sign saying no truck access to Dunbar Toll Bridge. Not a good sign! I'm glad I got to cross and get up close to the bridge about two years ago. Because it is a significant cantaliever truss bridge, it would be a shame to lose it.