The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Artist's rendering of the proposed New River Gorge Bridge as envisioned in 1973suspension span, by 1973 the consulting firm, Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., had determined the steel arch design would be more economical and better adapted to the canyon construction area. In June 1973, the West Virginia Department of Highways awarded a contract to the United States Steel Corporation for construction of the New River Gorge Bridge. U. S. Steel's low bid of $33,964,102 was about $11 million less than the engineers' estimate cost. The bridge was the most expensive single project ever undertaken by the West Virginia highways department. The $23.7 million contract for the tubes of the East River Mountain Tunnel in Mercer County, also designed by the Baker firm, had previously been the costliest. Normally, only 50 percent federal aid from the Appalachian Regional Commission would have been available for construction of the span. However, Gov. Arch Moore and aides successfully increased the federal share to 70 percent as a result of the expense of the project.
The Baker Engineer, Vol. XXV, 1977, Special Edition prepared especially for New River Banking & Trust Co., Michael Baker Corp.
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