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Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge



Photo taken by Tom Hoffman in July 2013


BH Photo #349481

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on I-64
Putnam County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1962; rehabilitated 1991
Warren cantilevered through truss
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
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 35490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 6, 2019: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • 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



Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

I regret to inform anyone reading this. I came across an article saying that the state or whoever has changed their minds and is now going to DEMOLISH and replace this bridge once westbound is completed! This a crummy and disgusting course of action. Its current condition is fair and it could easily be rehabbed for three lanes eastbound! I sure will miss crossing this bridge when I drive to North Carolina. West Virginia hasn't been good with historic significant bridges. Two steel plate girders will cause stress.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted February 7, 2020, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is currently receiving an emergency repair. according to the article it sounds like the bridge might get replaced.


Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted December 26, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interstate 64 is being expanded between Charleston and Huntington - and the expansion project includes an upgrade to this crossing. The latest plans call for a new bridge to be built as a one-way couplet, with this bridge being rehabilitated for continued use.


Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted December 6, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this bridge in September en route to my Father's funeral. The bridge is still carrying an enormous amount of traffic, and the the State of West Virginia is doing some much needed improvements to Interstate 64.

I am not a traffic engineer, nor do I play one on television, but it would probably be relatively easy to build a parallel bridge (for a one way couplet), and then re-strip this bridge for three lanes of one way traffic plus a breakdown lane.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted January 17, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to Kelsey and Terry for sharing their family stories with us. I drive across this bridge on occasion and the signs are a reminder of the dangers that come with bridge construction. I am glad that the State of West Virginia decided to honor Mr. Legg in this manner.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted January 17, 2019, by Kelsey (kelseychapstick [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the bridge dedicated to my grandfather, as my uncle Terry has stated below. I never met him, but every time I see the sign, I think of him and wonder what he was like in life. RIP Papa.

Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge
Posted January 6, 2018, by ralph wright (countrybluewv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I first crossed this bridge on 28 Dec 2017 on a trip from Charleston to Huntington and saw the sign and told my wife I wondered if it was named after a guy I went thru Army Basic Training with at Fort Jackson in 1985. But I just now read the comments and I see he was a steel worker that died during the bridge construction. So now I wonder if the Donald Legg, who was also from West Virginia, could be related, not like its a common name like John Smith. The Don Legg I knew in Basic was a former A/C HAVAC tech who the Drill Sergeants told us wouldn't have to go thru AIT like the rest of us, his civilian job gave him more than enough work experience so after Basic he went straight to his job. Legg was older than us, I think he was in his early 30s, which is old when you're 19, I think we called him "Pappy". If you know a Donald Legg who is related to the man the bridge is named for, so he'll know for sure, tell him our Drill Sergeants were SSG McClure and SFC Blevins (Blevins was also from WV) and our unit was C-8-2, from May to July 1985. Tell him "Private Wrong" said hi. Since me and Legg went thru Basic together and I saw the bridge name, my first thought was he stayed in the Army, made a career and was killed after 9/11 in Iraq or Afghanistan (since those barracks need A/C) so WV named a bridge in his honor.

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)


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.