Connecting Cairo, Illinois are two significant cantilever truss automobile bridges to Kentucky and Missouri and replaced the last of the ferries that operated at the convergence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The first of the bridges to be completed was a crossing between Cairo and Missouri. Designed by Waddell… Read More »Cairo’s Bridges
For decades, the only way to cross the Ohio River between Paducah, Kentucky, and Illinois was a narrow two-lane bridge. This was later supplemented with an interstate crossing that was plagued with problems.
The impoundment of the Tennessee River at Gilbertsville led to a significant change in the transportation landscape of western Kentucky.
Years ago, I journeyed to photograph the old Eggner’s Ferry and Lake Barkley Bridges in western Kentucky. Both have since been replaced with new arch spans.
Originally crossed by a ferry and later a double-decked bridge, a graceful through arch carries US 40 over the Susquehanna River in Maryland.
The influence of Robert W. Smith’s trusses extends to other areas of Ohio. One of my favorite examples is the Otway Covered Bridge over the Scioto Brush Creek in Otway.
This is probably one of the most ornate bridges remaining over the Ohio River that is in danger of being removed.
One of the more unique bridge types over the Ohio River is the Veterans Memorial Bridge (New Steubenville Bridge) that carries US Route 22 between Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, West Virginia.
Historic bridges and more are plenty in rural Vinton and Jackson counties in southern Ohio.Read More »The Covered Bridges of Vinton and Jackson Counties, Ohio
The passing of a heavy shower allowed for some passing fog that rapidly eased over the nearby mountaintops at Hawks Nest State Park in West Virginia. At its base, over the New River, are two Parker through trusses that carry CSX Railroad and Amtrak.