Brandenburg Bridge (KY 79)

The Brandenburg Bridge, also known as the Matthew E. Welsh Bridge, carries KY 79 over the Ohio River between Brandenburg, Kentucky and Harrison County, Indiana. The crossing was named after the 41st governor of Indiana.

Construction on the cantilever Warren through truss began in August 1964 and opened on November 19, 1966 at a cost of $5.5 million.1 The construction was financed mostly by the state of Indiana, although 90% of the span lies within Kentucky’s border.

  • Total Length: 3,097 feet
  • Main Span Length: 725 feet
  • Deck Width: 28 feet
  • Vertical Clearance Above Deck: 17.5 feet
  1. Durkee, Jackson, “World’s Longest Bridge Spans”, National Steel Bridge Alliance, May 24, 1999.

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