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New River Gorge, Fayetteville

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The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel arch bridge 3030ft long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. With an arch 1700ft long, the New River Gorge Bridge was for many years the world's longest single-span arch bridge; it is now the fourth longest. Part of U.S. Route 19, its construction marked the completion of Corridor L of the Appalachian Development Highway System. The bridge is crossed by an average of 16,200 motor vehicles per day.
The roadway of the New River Gorge Bridge is above the New River. The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world, and is currently the third highest in the United States. In 2005, the structure gained nationwide attention when the US Mint issued the West Virginia state quarter with the bridge depicted on one side. In 2013, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Construction began on the bridge in June 1974, and completed on October 22, 1977. It was designed by the Michael Baker Company, under the direction of Chief Engineer Clarence V. Knudsen, and executed by U.S. Steel's American Bridge Division. Final cost of construction was $37 million (approximately $4 million over bid). It is made from COR-TEN steel. The use of COR-TEN in construction presented several challenges; notable among them was ensuring that the weld-points weathered at the same rate as the rest of the steel.
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  • Most of the scenic drive was on highways with turnoffs for sites, such as Grandview and Turkey Lookout which was not what we expected. (Don't think Yellowstone or Glacier National where you drive... 
    Most of the scenic drive was on highways with turnoffs for sites, such as Grandview and Turkey Lookout which was not what we expected. (Don't think Yellowstone or Glacier National where you drive...  more »
  • There are trails for every ability in the area -- we enjoyed the Endless Walls and Beauty Mountain trails. 
    There are trails for every ability in the area -- we enjoyed the Endless Walls and Beauty Mountain trails.  more »

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