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Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge


Southwest Face

The bridge carries US 30, also known as The Lincoln Highway. This photo was taken from what's left of the eastern portal of the bridge this one replaced.

The bridge is oriented on a southeast to northwest direction, between Chester, WV and East Liverpool, Ohio.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2006


BH Photo #148591

Street Views 


Longest simply supported truss span in the United States.


Through truss bridge over the Ohio River on US 30
Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia, and Columbiana County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1977
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 745.1 ft.
Total length: 2,023.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.61937, -80.56176   (decimal degrees)
40°37'10" N, 80°33'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/537068/4496596 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Liverpool South
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 42966 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 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: 66 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added description
  • August 22, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 30, 2019: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • August 9, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • October 1, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • June 3, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • November 7, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Lincoln Highway & Ohio River categories
  • July 4, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge
Posted August 22, 2021, by Paul Plassman

This appears to be the longest simply supported (non-continuous and non-cantilevered) truss span in the U.S., beating out the Metropolis and Brookport bridges by a small margin. Anyone know if it holds the worldwide record as well? Online searches only seem to turn up statistics for cantilever and continuous truss bridges.

Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I don't get it either...

Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by teegoggleycoffeemeat

The WHAAAA??????

Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge
Posted February 24, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Thanks for the update! The previous color reminded me of zinc chromate primer and looked like it hadn't been finished. Gray? That'll really make it stand out to pilots against the gray backgound of the river and shore on hazy days, like the day I was last there.

Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge
Posted February 24, 2010, by Lee Huff (hufflee2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am a resident of the community served by this bridge. I thought that you may want to know that the entire bridge was repainted to a "battleship gray" color during the summer of 2009. The deck was rehabilitated in the summer of 2008.