William H. Harsha Bridge

William H. Harsha Bridge

The William H. Harsha Bridge is a cable-stayed suspension crossing that carries US Route 62 over the Ohio River between Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio.

Planning for the bridge began in the early 1990s, and by 1996, two route alternatives were narrowed down that both involved a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the Ohio River. One involved a steel and concrete composite deck, while the other featured a cast-in-place concrete deck. Both alternatives were bid upon, and the composite deck was favored because of its lower cost.

Construction began on the William H. Harsha Bridge began on April 10, 1997, with the last cable strung on the crossing on May 12, 2000. The new span opened on October 9, 2000, and was the state’s first cable-stayed design.

The bridge was named after the retired Ohio Congressman William H. Harsha.


  • State: Kentucky, Ohio
  • Route: US Route 68
  • Type: Cable-Stay Suspension
  • Status: Active - Automobile
  • Total Length: 2,420 feet
  • Main Span Length: 1,050 feet
  • Deck Width: 48 feet


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