New River Gorge Bridge

US 19 NW of Fayetteville, WV

3rd Highest Bridge in the US & 4th Longest Steel Single-Span Arch Bridge in the World


New River Gorge Bridge

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The New River Gorge Bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register at the National level of significance under Criterion C: Engineering as an exceptionally important engineering achievement. At time of construction, its arch made it the longest steel arch bridge in the world, a title it held until 2003 with the construction of Chinas Shanghais Lupu Bridge. It is currently the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the United States and the third highest bridge in the country. Though the bridge itself employs a fairly conventional design, its construction represents a number of construction achievements. The engineers and ironworkers overcame major obstacles due to its enormous scale and the then-remote Appalachian location. The period of significance under Criterion C is 1977, the year construction was complete. The New River Gorge Bridge is also eligible for listing at the local level under Criterion A: Transportation for the extremely important role it played in linking West Virginias Corridor L Communities with the rest of the state and providing a vital link in the states highway system, cutting off nearly 45 miles of travel. The period of significance is 1977 to c.1985, reflecting the initial period of rapid growth and development following the opening of the bridge. The bridge also meets Criteria Consideration G: Properties that have Achieved Significance Within the Last Fifty Years since it is of exceptional importance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 2013.

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2018: New photos from Jim Allen
  • January 14, 2016: New photos from Jim Allen
  • August 21, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description", "NRHP Record Number" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • August 21, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 14, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • February 13, 2014: Added by Michael Miller