The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Ironworkers guide the downstream top chord of the New River Gorge Bridge into place
Arching gracefully outward from the steep hillsides that form West Virginia's New River Gorge, the skeletal halves of a massive steel structure were joined on May 13, 1976 to establish a world construction record. Working almost 900 feet above the tumbling white waters of the New River, sure-footed ironworkers of U. S. Steel's American Bridge Division bolted into place the final two arch members which were decorated with American and West Virginia state flags. The first arch chord of the main span arch had been set into place on July 28, 1975. Visible immediately below the huge bridge is the single-lane through truss bridge built in 1889 at Fayette Station, which provided access for crossing New River in the immediate vicinity of Fayetteville, WV.
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