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.