The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
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USS COR-TEN steel used on the New River Gorge Bridge oxides with age and blends with the surrounding terrain
The New River Gorge Bridge was the largest bridge constructed entirely with corrosion-resitant USS COR-TEN steel. More than 22,000 tones of the high-strength steel was used in the bridge which towers 876 feet above the turbulent New River. The majority of the 22,000 tons of structural steel used in the bridge was produced at U. S. Steel's Homestead (Pa.) Works and fabricated at American Bridge's plant in Ambridge, Pa.
One of the unusual features of bare COR-TEN is that it needs no painting. This special steel oxides for a period of time and weathers to form its own protective coating. Blending with the rugged terrain of the New River Gorge, the deep russet colored steel embodies the qualities of high strength, aesthetic beauty and low maintenance, specified by the West Virginia Department of Highways.
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