The ground breaking for the new four-lane span was held on April 30, 1991. The 6th Street Bridge closed in mid-1993 to allow for the construction of ramps and approaches on the West Virginia and Ohio side,(1) and the old span was demolished on July 17, 1995.
The new Ohio River bridge was completed on November 6, 1994, and was named after Robert C. Byrd, a long-serving Democratic Senator from West Virginia, after an executive order was filed from Governor Gaston Caperton to honor the senator for obtaining funding for the project. The bridge was constructed at a cost of $32.6 million, $1.4 million coming from the state of Ohio, $5.6 million from West Virginia, and $25.3 million from the federal government.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held shortly before 2 P.M. on the Ohio side of the new span, where hundreds attended a ceremony that was followed with a walk across the span.
- Designation: WV 527
- Crosses: Ohio River
- Bridge type: Cantiliver
- Number of lanes: 4
- Cost: $32.6 million
- Robert C. Byrd Bridge at Structurae
- “Bridge opening sparks memories.” Ironton Tribune. 6 Nov. 1994.