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Southside Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #131695



Through truss bridge over Kanawha Blvd., Maccorkle Ave. (WV 61), railroad tracks, Kanawha River on Dickinson Street in Charleston
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1936; rehabilitated 1990
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Works Progress Administration
Main span: Riveted, 10-panel Parker through truss
Approaches: Warren deck trusses
Length of largest span: 420.0 ft.
Total length: 1,148.0 ft.
Deck width: 38.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Dickenson Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.34683, -81.63710   (decimal degrees)
38°20'49" N, 81°38'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/444328/4244490 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston West
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 35230 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders per photo of builder plaque posted by Ernest E. Blevins, MFA
  • July 3, 2018: New photos from Ernest E. Blevins, MFA
  • July 26, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 3, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates"
  • October 1, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Changed "Name"
  • February 24, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: overview, alternate name


  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ernest E. Blevins, MFA - blevinsee [at] g [dot] cofc [dot] edu
  • Luke


Southside Bridge
Posted October 4, 2014, by Thomas H. (Trhols514 [at] comcast [dot] net)

My home town is Malden, just a few miles east of Charleston. I read Chuck Yeager's book "Press On!", and I remember his commenting on flying a jet under the Southside Bridge. A lot of my relatives that still live there say that he flew under the Turnpike bridge that bears his name, but I've never read anything to confirm that.

Southside Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Chuck Yeager famously flew a jet fighter at over 500 MPH under this bridge in 1948.


Dickinson Street Kanawha River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2013, by Anonymous

This is a view of the Southside Bridge downstream from the bridge viewing the old C&O Railway Station to the right of the structure.

Dickinson Street Kanawha River Bridge
Posted October 25, 2009, by Joshua king (joshuatakesjericho [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a nice little article in our Sunday Gazette-Mail about the bridge that was previously there prior to this bridge being built in 1936.


The current Bridge is collectively called "The South Side Bridge".