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New River Gorge Bridge Facts

  • Longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere
  • 3rd longest single arch bridge in the world
  • 2nd highest vehicle carrying bridge in the United States
  • 5th highest vehicle carrying bridge in the world
  • 3rd highest bridge in the United States
  • 13th highest bridge in the world
  • On the West Virginia State quarter
  • On a United States postal stamp
  • A national landmark in engineering
  • Listed on National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource
  • Bridge Day™ celebrated 3rd Saturday every October

New River Gorge Bridge Construction Facts

  • Height: 876’
  • Bridge Length: 3,030’
  • Arch Length: 1,700’
  • Rise: 360’
  • Bid Price: $33,984,000
  • Final Cost: $37,000,000W
  • Weight: 88,000,000 lbs.
  • Steel: 44,000,000 lbs.
  • Concrete: 44,000,000 lbs.
  • Heaviest Piece: 184,000 lbs.
  • Arch: 21,066,000 lbs.
  • Deck Width: 69’ 4”
  • Built of COR-TEN steel
  • 2,300 bolts used in largest joint connection
  • Maximum transverse deflection is 21″
  • Work began in 1973 – finished October, 22 1977.
  • Designed by Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
  • Built by American Bridge Division of USX Corp.
  • Owned by West Virginia Department of Highway

Peregrine Falcon, The Fastest Animal on the Planet

Since 2011 the New River Gorge Bridge has been home to a mating-pair of Peregrine Falcons, the fastest animal on the planet reaching speeds of 260 miles per hour in a free-fall dive for their prey.

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