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[Pomeroy] New Ohio River span set to open in 2008

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Construction work of art: Bridge to open next year (w/ image)

Notes --

1. A $60 million cable-stayed Ohio River span connecting Pomeroy, Ohio to Mason, West Virginia will open in 2008. Ground was broken in May 2003.

2. The twin tower design is similar to the East Huntington Bridge and the Veterans Memorial Bridge. It will connect OH 833 (former US 33) in Ohio to WV 62 (former WV 2) in West Virginia. It will also feature four-lanes; the old Pomeroy-Mason Bridge is just two lanes with a wood-planked sidewalk that was built in 1928.

3. There have been many challenges to the project, including --

3a. A large-scale slip. The slip was found "deep in the ground", so shafts were drilled around the tower on the Ohio side of the bridge and the earth was stabilized.

3b. Flooding issues.

3c. A rock slide on the Ohio side above OH 833 and the bridge junction that closed the highway for a few days. A retaining wall, 700 feet in length and 2-3 ft. high on the sides and 7 ft. high in the middle, will be constructed. It will contain depictions of historical events in Mason County and Meigs County.

4. The state of Ohio financed and is constructing the bridge. When complete, it will be turned over to the state of West Virginia as they own the Ohio River (and most of the bridges connecting the two states). The original span will be demolished.

Article information: "Construction work of art: Bridge to open next year, by George Hohmann, Charleston Daily Mail, May 16, 2007"

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