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Aetnaville Bridge


Overview, Eastern Portal

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in March 2009


BH Photo #148180

Street Views 


Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Ohio River Back Channel on Georgia Street in Wheeling
Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, and Belmont County, Ohio
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition by West Virginia Department of Highways.

Spans available for adaptive reuse but must be removed; deadline for application April 15, 2020: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200129/historic-ohio-river-b...

Built 1891; closed to traffic December 1988
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- Co-Operative Transit Co.
- Interurban
Four-span, pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 1,043.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Georgia Street Bridge
York Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08001, -80.73659   (decimal degrees)
40°04'48" N, 80°44'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/522458/4436670 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43551 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "10-panel truss", "Stone piers", "Finials", "Cresting"
  • May 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added alternate name and postcard
  • December 15, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected lengths according to NBI, which appears to be correct
  • October 7, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 30, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added builder and lengths
  • January 29, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge spans available for adaptive reuse but must be removed; demolition imminent if no savior is found
  • May 5, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Co-Operative Transit Co.", "Interurban", "Railroad", "Rail-and-road"
  • July 4, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • March 14, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 3, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • October 26, 2009: Added by Joshua Collins



Aetnaville Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Can you scan and send the article to my email address as I cannot access it from here in Europe? I intend to make a headline out of it in my column. Thanks! JS

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Latest news article:


"Anyone interested in the bridge must submit a preservation and financial plan as well as information about the intended use of the bridge, the West Virginia Division of Highways said in a news release.

If no one is interested, the bridge will be demolished, the agency said.

Requests to assume ownership of the bridge must be submitted by April 15."

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted December 24, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

West Virginia... An Historic Bridge's Nightmare.

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted December 23, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

For now, I've adjusted the future prospect to "timeline unknown" - it was still saying 2014, which we're well past now.

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted December 23, 2019, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here it is. 2.5 million to demolish but the mayor wants to save the piers for a new bridge.

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted December 23, 2019, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We too have a 60 day letter from WVDOH and we discussed with the mayor. We were waiting a conference call. Bureaucrats.


Aetnaville Bridge
Posted April 8, 2016, by lee (leetrichell [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Save this beautiful historical bridge. It's a beauty from another era. It's painful to see how easy people do away with the old and replace with new and boring. I adore this beautiful bridge and hopefully someday, if someone doesn't do away with her, I get to see this old bridge in person.. She still stands now in need of many repairs but look at what can be done and the results.. Don't elect a twenty year old who is too young to appreciate historical structures in that town to make vital and horrible decisions. It's like throwing a beautiful priceless piece of art in the trash.. Restore and paint the Aetnaville Bridge.. Don't destroy...... Restore....

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted March 25, 2016, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed to pedestrians as each portal is fenced off.

Aetnaville Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Aetnaville Bridge
Posted November 1, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)