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Earl M. Vickers Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2012


BH Photo #249456

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on WV 6 in Smithers and Montgomery
Montgomery, Fayette County, West Virginia, and Kanawha County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1956
- John F. Beasley Co. of Dallas, Texas (Erector)
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Polygonal Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 485.9 ft.
Total length: 1,665.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.2 ft.
Also called
Montgomery Bridge
Vickers Bridge
Kanawha River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.18290, -81.31654   (decimal degrees)
38°10'58" N, 81°18'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/472277/4226156 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 35077 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 25, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builders per tweet from Stupp Bridge Co.
  • July 4, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 15, 2014: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 24, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 28, 2011: Updated by Chris Patriarca: Update name to Earl M. Vickers Bridge
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Earl M. Vickers Bridge
Posted February 19, 2018, by Randall Huber (huberantiq [at] gmail [dot] com)

My father designed the Vickers bridge in 1951 for Modjeski & Masters, Harrisburg, PA. It was his first design out of college. Attached is his original architects rendering for the presentation to West Virginia Department of Transportation. They were awarded the design contract and it was built in 1956.