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Silver Memorial Bridge


Distant View from Gallipolis

I found this photo the other day, it was taken for a work project a few years ago before I knew about the bridge hunter project. I had to Photoshop out the elements that would give away my employer, who might not appreciate posting his sign. Sorry for the crude editing and the piece of sign pole floating in space in front of the bridge like this. At least you can get a sense of the size and magnitude of this beautiful truss bridge.

It is very similar to the doomed Pomeroy-Mason Bridge upriver a few miles, and also similar to the Ravenswood Bridge that carries US 33 across the Ohio River and, for that matter, the Kanawha River Bridge that exits immediately on the east end to WV 2, taking you to Point Pleasant.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2006

BH Photo #136152


Street Views 


Modern bridge replaced the collapsed Silver Bridge. This also featured a realignment of US 35 to bypass Downtown Point Pleasant. It is historically significant that this new bridge is painted silver, to match its predecessor.


Through truss bridge over Ohio River on US 35 in Point Pleasant
Mason County, West Virginia, and Gallia County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1969
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 900.0 ft.
Total length: 1,964.0 ft.
Deck width: 59.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.83336, -82.14629   (decimal degrees)
38°50'00" N, 82°08'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/400506/4298909 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 35340 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 77 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2019: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 10, 2018: New photo from Roger Deschner
  • November 25, 2018: Photo imported by Roger Deschner
  • September 24, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 2, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 31, 2013: New photos from M. D. Caillet
  • June 16, 2011: New photos from Jeremy Ruble
  • August 29, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • November 17, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS and Location
  • March 29, 2009: New photo from J.R. Manning

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  • Wikipedia
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  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted December 10, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos 8, 9, and 10 are of a different bridge, the Bartow Jones Bridge (BH41918), not this bridge.

Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted November 25, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a nice discussion of bridge lighting, but the Silver Memorial Bridge carrying US 35 across the Ohio River is not lit. I am typing this in a motel room overlooking this nice cantilever truss bridge, and except for normal streetlights shining down at the roadway, it is dark.

BTW a favorite lighted bridge is the possibly doomed Blackhawk Bridge over the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.

Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Luke Harden

The bridge over the Mississippi River in Muscatine also has a light display.


Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I had the pleasure of watching the Peace bridge this past Christmas. Its quite an impressive display when they put the lights in motion, worth the visit. An unusual but beautiful small-scale example of this sort of lighting can be found on the Saegertown Bridge:



Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Don Morrison


Glad you found the link useful. One great thing about lighting a bridge is that you get twice the effect because bridges are usually over a large reflective surface.

I'd like to go see the Peace Bridge lit up.


Johnstown Pa has the Stone Bridge lit up with changing lights. See a video of it on you tube.


Here's a video from some folks who want to light the Mackinack Bridge:


Do a Google Image Search for "bridge lighting" for some amazing pictures.


Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Thanks for posting the link to the ad. This will be a useful document to share when discussing preservation possibilities with people.

Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Don Morrison

I don't know about Silver memorial Bridge, but it's becoming fashionable to light bridges. Here's an advertising publication from Philips Color Kinetics:


Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted March 18, 2013, by R Kubia (blacktooth [at] verizon [dot] net)

I was returning from Florida on the night of March 9 via Airtran bound for Pittsburgh International when I saw a bridge that must have crossed the Ohio River about 15 minutes before landing. It was after 11 PM and the bridge was lit up with a very striking blue and purple. I don't think I have flown over that area for many years and probably never at night. I did a Flight Aware tracking of our approach and it looks from the timing and angle of the look that I had, that I could have been seeing the Silver Memorial Bridge out my window on the left side of the aircraft. Does anybody know if that might be the bridge that I saw, is it lit at night?

Silver Memorial Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Clyde R Cottrell Jr (clyderichard2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Snapped this one in September of 2008. The Silver Memorial Bridge just fit so well behind that steamboat...