The West Huntington Bridge was constructed in 1968 (1)(2) as a two-lane tolled facility, connecting West Huntington, West Virginia to Chesapeake, Ohio. Completed in 1970, the span originally carried West Virginia State Route 94. Tolls were removed in 1978,(2) and the bridge was given the designation U.S. Route 52 in 1984.

In 1999, the West Huntington Bridge was rehabilitated, which included a new bridge deck, barriers and paint. On May 9, 1999, the bridge was reopened and renamed to the Nick J. Rahall Bridge after the congressman for the 3rd District of West Virginia.(3)

Statistics

  • Designation: U.S. Route 52
  • Crosses: Ohio River
  • Bridge type: Cantiliver
  • Number of lanes: 2
Sources
  1. Chambers, Bryan. “Bridge inspections reviewed.” Herald-Leader (Huntington), August 2, 2007. August 2, 2007 Article.
  2. Casto, James E. “The story behind Huntington’s first bridge.” Huntington Quarterly Autumn 2006. 2 Sept. 2009: 20-23.
  3. Redekopp, Christina. “West End bridge bears name of Rep. Nick Rahall.” Herald-Dispatch [Huntington] 9 May, 1999. 2 Jan. 2007.