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Bridgeport Bridge, Spanning West Channel of Ohio River, U.S. Route 40, Wheeling, Ohio County, WV



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Location
U.S. Route 40, Wheeling, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WV-25
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-19).
Building/structure dates: 1893 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1987 subsequent work
Significance: Built in 1893, the Bridgeport Bridge represented one type of bridges which could be ordered from catalogues at the end of the nineteenth century. Except for the replacement of the partially wooden roadway surface with steel grating in 1950, the bridge remained basically unchanged. Because the floor beams had become structurally unsound, a new, self-supporting, load-bearing deck structure was installed inside the trusses of the Bridgeport Bridge in 1987. Designed as a temporary means of carrying traffic until a new vehicular bridge is built, the deck installed was prefabricated in England and is a modern-day successor to the Bailey bridge type. Current plans call for the building of a new vehicular bridge upstream. The Bridgeport bridge will remain as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges


Related Names
Hildenbrand, Wilhelm
Wrought Iron Bridge Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW NORTHEAST, FROM I-70 BRIDGE TOWARD WHEELING ISLAND
2. VIEW NORTH WITH I-70 (FORT HENRY) BRIDGE IN FOREGROUND
3. VIEW SOUTH, LOOKING DOWNSTREAM, CENTER SPAN
4. VIEW NORTHWEST, TOWARD OHIO
5. VIEW SOUTHEAST, I-70 IN BACKGROUND
6. VIEW WEST, ALONG ZANE STREET, BRIDGE PORTAL IN BACKGROUND
7. WHEELING ISLAND PORTAL, LOOKING WEST
8. VIEW SOUTHWEST, SHOWING PORTAL DETAIL
9. VIEW NORTHEAST, ELEVATED OHIO 7 IN FOREGROUND, BRIDGEPORT BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND, TAKEN FROM I-70
10. LOOKING EAST OHIO END OF BRIDGE AS VIEWED FROM PROPOSED CENTERLINE OF NEW BRIDGE APPROACH UNDER ELEVATED OHIO 7
11. VIEW NORTHEAST, SHOWING PORTAL DETAIL
12. VIEW EAST, OHIO PORTAL AND SIDEWALK RAILING DETAIL
13. BRIDGE PLATES, ISLAND PORTAL LOOKING WEST
14. VIEW WEST, FROM UPSTREAM SIDEWALK
15. LOOKING WEST THROUGH BRIDGE FROM ISLAND TRUSS
16. LOOKING WEST THROUGH BRIDGE FROM MIDDLE SPAN
17. DETAIL OF STEEL GRID SIDEWALK AND TRAFFIC DECK WITH STEEL CURB PARTITION
18. VIEW SOUTHWEST FROM OVERHEAD SHOWING DECORATIVE IRONWORK
19. DECORATIVE IRONWORK
20. VIEW FROM ABOVE, LOOKING WEST
21. VIEW SOUTHWEST OF UNDERSIDE
22. VIEW WEST, OHIO SHORE PIER
23. VERTICAL VIEW OF UNDERSIDE AT WEST VIRGINIA ABUTMENT
24. VIEW WEST, UNDERSIDE OF OHIO SPAN
25. VIEW WEST, FROM MID-RIVER PIER CAP
26. OHIO ABUTMENT TRUSS SEATING
27. LOOKING EAST ALONG EYEBAR ON DOWNSTREAM SIDE, TAKEN FROM OHIO ABUTMENT
28. VIEW OF MAIN FIXED BEARING


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