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Blennerhassett Island Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #131646

Street View 


This is a new bridge/new highway. This highway does not show on my Garmin or Delorme maps that were purchased within the last 4 years. It goes directly over Blennerhassett Island and spans from West Virginia to Ohio.


Network arch bridge over Ohio River at Blennerhassett Island on US 50
Washington County, Ohio, and Wood County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Opened June 13, 2008
- Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas (Design)
- Theodore Zoli (Design)
- Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Contracor)
Network arch
Length of largest span: 878.0 ft.
Total length: 4,008.1 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 96.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.27380, -81.64665   (decimal degrees)
39°16'26" N, 81°38'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/444221/4347359 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Hocking
604 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 37144 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 19, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Imported NBI data, added Street View
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: added GPS coordinates
  • August 11, 2008: Added by Greg Hall


  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
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  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually Nathan this bridge did not replace any bridge. Rte 50 actually went over the Parkersburg bridge in Belpre which still stands. It was originally supposed to go over the Parkersburg memorial bridge but that was canceled.

Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted September 9, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

West Virginia seems to try to build unique bridges. They also like to use piers of old bridges like the new Williamstown bridge is built on the piers of the old Williamstown bridge therefore they had to use a lighter steel span.

Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Network Tied Arches will not be unique for much longer, as HNTB moves to build this design at Lake Champlain: http://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/alternatives

Sadly, I doubt this will be the last historic bridge to be replaced with a network tied arch.

Also, on the topic of modern bridges, the design for the replacement of the historic Inner Belt Bridge in Cleveland (another HNTB project) is basically a copy of the steel rigid frame portion of the replacement Lake Champlain Bridge (the spans that flank the tied arch) lined up one after another. http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/09/opinions_differ_on_n...

Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted September 10, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As new bridges go, this is one of the more fascinating ones I have seen. The lack of any horizontal members in the overhead bracing gives an almost mesmerizing appearance. Although still not at the same level as an historic truss bridge, this is one span that might just make a lasting impression 50 years or so from now..............

Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted September 10, 2010, by James Francisco (james [dot] francisco [at] att [dot] net)

You mentioned the contractor, Walsh Construction, and to be complete, the designer, a joint design by Michael Baker Corporation and HNTB. I was the project manager for the design of the main span and plate girder approach spans and enjoyed the challenge of design of the second network tied arch on the North American Continent. The only other networked tied arch, currently, is on Interstate 195 in Rhode Island.

The owner of the Blennerhassett bridge is the West Virginia Department of Transportation. It is now, according to my best information, the second longest networked tied arch bridge in the world. The longest was constructed in China just a few years previous to the opening of this structure although I have not personally been able to verify this information.

Hwy 50 Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted May 30, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Parkersburg, WV is a particularly interesting town to drive through, in part due to the geography that highways must navigate. This includes many steep hills and two major rivers, the Ohio and the Little Kanawha. These factors have resulted in a variety of interesting bridges being constructed here.

This is at least the second unique new bridge to be constructed in the Parkersburg, WV area recently. The old East Street Bridge was demolished in the late 1990s, but was replaced by another through truss instead of a UCEB. It appears that the Parkersburg WV/Belpre, OH area is bucking the UCEB trend.

I am guessing that this bridge is probably carrying the new US 50. Old 50 ran through the middle of Parkersburg and after winding through an area that sometimes gets congested, crossed the river downtown.

Hwy 50 Blennerhassett Island Bridge
Posted May 29, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a network arch bridge- similar to a modern tied arch but more in common with a historic Bowstring truss with its diagonal hangers. Acts more like a truss than a tied arch under analysis.

Hwy 50 Ohio River Bridge
Posted August 11, 2008, by Greg and Olivia Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo 1- First visible looking south/east

Photo 2- Looking South

Photo 3- Signage looking north

Photo 4- Looking North

Photo 5- Up close scale

Photo 6- Top shot going thru

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