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Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge

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Photo taken by Tom Hoffman in July 2013

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on I-64
Location
Putnam County, West Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1962; rehabilitated 1991
Design
Warren cantilevered through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 562.0 ft.
Total length: 1,400.0 ft.
Deck width: 61.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.7 ft.
Also called
Kanawha River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.44500, -81.84167   (decimal degrees)
38°26'42" N, 81°50'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/426552/4255526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Albans
Inventory number
BH 35490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
57,500

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2016: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • September 13, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed name on this bridge
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted December 17, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Navigation Vertical Clearance for the bridge is listed in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) as 61.7 ft. That should be approximately the measurement you are looking for, although the NBI sometimes has some errors.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted December 16, 2013, by Harry Stoltzfus (stolhar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can anyone tell me the freeboard beneath this structure? Distance from lowest structural element to mean water level?

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted September 18, 2013, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It would be nice if another bridge for three lanes of traffic is built next to this one. Unfortunately, there have been too many sick and mindless demolitions of metal truss bridges lately. I believe a twin modern Warren Cantaliever Truss for one way would look better than a UCEB as a twin or replacement. The current bridge can easily be converted to three lanes for one way traffic with emergency shoulders. West Virginia built some new Cantaliever Truss bridges not tremendously long ago like one at Huntington in 1995. Also there is the new WV2 Kanawha River bridge built in 1998.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted September 13, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In response to Tom Hoffman's comment, I would imagine that the WVDOT will most likely build a new structure next to the current one, but it most likely won't be the same type. As an example, I submit the new I-64 bridge in Kanawha County between Dunbar & South Charleston. For several years, the old bridge was a 4-lane bottleneck between two 6-lane portions of the interstate. They first built a completely new bridge downstream from the older bridge for one-way 3-lane traffic and then rehabilitated the older structure reducing it from two-way 4-lane to one-way 3-lane structure.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted June 12, 2013, by Frank Shirts Jr.

Judy, Annie, David,

I am so sorry about your Dad.

I always liked him from the time I was a little boy.

I remember going to his pool hall with my dad and he always would give me a poker chip to buy a candy bar. He always made me feel important.

I always enjoyed talking to Nelbert Legg, no matter when or where.

Bless you all, you have a great dad.

Frank shirts jr.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted March 11, 2013, by Shawn McCalla (shawnmccalla [at] att [dot] net)

I drove over this bridge last night around 3 am.. returning to Columbus Ohio from making a delivery. It made me wonder about who Donald Legg was. My mother had relatives in the past who named Legg and they lived in southern Ohio. I think most of the "Legg's" that I met may have died. I can recall a Delbert Legg who worked with the railroad,he was from Idaho, Ohio... He probably was aware of this bridge in the 1970's when I was a kid and didn't or couldn't travel... My grandparents would put him up for the night, and of course I had to go home when he was in town working with the railroad... they used to reunion at Pike Lake in the 1970's..Nice Truss Bridge...got home okay!

Kanawha River Bridge
Posted November 26, 2010, by Terry Legg (legter [at] aol [dot] com)

Hello my name is Terry Legg. Donald LEGG MY FATHER A STEEL WORKER WHO DIED IN AN ACCIDENT DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THIS BRIDGE,SURVIVING WAS WIFE:PHILLIS HOPE LEGG. CHILDREN:Donald, Rosanna. Mike, Ramona, Terry, and Jeff Legg.

Kanawha River Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hunh... my grandmother's maiden last name was Legg, and she was from this part of WV. I wonder if I'm related to the fellow this bridge was named after.

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

This is the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge. Its a standard cantaleiver truss carrying four lanes of traffic and quite a bit too. West Virginia has plans to make I-64 six lanes from Charleston to the Kentucky state line. When this takes place I'd like to see a twin structure built beside this one rather than something else.