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Glade Creek Bridge


Glade Creek Bridge - Built 1988

Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2012

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BH Photo #241321


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At 700 feet tall, it is the tallest bridge on the US Interstate System. The tallest pier is 341 feet tall.


Deck truss bridge over Glade Creek on I-64
Raleigh County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1988
Continuous deck truss, center truss span 784 feet, 14 panels, and end truss spans 560 feet, 10 panels each.
Length of largest span: 784.0 ft.
Total length: 2,179.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 72.0 ft.
Also called
Phil G McDonald Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.76837, -81.04001   (decimal degrees)
37°46'06" N, 81°02'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/496475/4180116 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory number
BH 50958 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 67.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2016: New photos from Mark Yurina
  • December 12, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added a couple photos, refined details.
  • October 10, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • January 14, 2012: Added by James Baughn



Glade Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2014, by nate marvin (natemarvin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When I was younger My father was an avid Skydiver/Base jumper. On October 22,1989 he and some fellow base jumpers jumped off of the Glade Creek bridge. Unfortunately my father was badly injured as a result of this, but some pretty amazing first responders, surgeons, and a helicopter pilot that was unbelievably talented saved his life and his limbs. I am going to take a day trip to see the bridge that kicked my dads butt and bring him some pictures and some rocks from the river bed.