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Chuck Yeager Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2012


BH Photo #249458

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on Southbound I-77 in Charleston
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1954; rehabilitated 1986
Through truss
Length of largest span: 474.1 ft.
Total length: 2,166.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 37.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Charles Chuck Yeager Bridge
Kanawha River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.31000, -81.56167   (decimal degrees)
38°18'36" N, 81°33'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/450895/4240360 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston East
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory number
BH 35237 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 16, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 1, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • February 24, 2013: New photo from Ben Tate
  • February 28, 2011: Updated by Chris Patriarca: Update name to Chuck Yeager Bridge
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • Chris P.
  • Todd Wilson
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Kanawha River Bridge
Posted November 14, 2009, by Tom

I should have been more specific. This bridge carries SB I-64/77 where the WV turnpike begins. The turnpike was two lanes until the interstates were constructed and the NB bridge was added. The I-64 bridge that looks like a bowstring in downtown Charleston is called the Eugene A. Carter or Fort Hill Bridge.

Kanawha River Bridge
Posted November 11, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the Chuck Yeager Bridge. The bridge is truss with an arch in the middle almost like the I-275 Ohio River bridge and the I-57 Mississippi River Bridge. A twin structure was added for northbound traffic at some later date. I-64 crosses the Kanawha River four times in the Charleston area including here. The first bridge I commented on, the second is concrete and a twin structure is nearing completion beside it, and the third is interesting the way it looks like a big modern bowstring truss. Charleston does have a great collection of bridges.