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New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge Bridge construction began on  June of 1974 and after three years it was completed on October 22, 1977. At a  cost almost  37 million dollars. Due to  the chosen design and the shear span of the gorge, steel was run by cable into position by trolley like trams that ran from one side to the other .With more than 88 million pounds of steel and concrete were used to finish this massive undertaking. The bridge standing  876 feet above ground below and is 3,030 feet from one side of the gorge to the other. It is the 14th largest Bridge in the world and is the  highest bridge crossed by vehicular traffic in the United States. Crossing the bridge on windy days you can be a little exciting as you are blow from side to side feeling like the bridge itself  is moving .new river gorge bridge

For the more adventurous ones you can take a walk on the underside on a catwalk that runs along the bottom of the bridge.This one and a half mile long tour offers a spectacular  view of the engineering masterpiece of an complex steel puzzle and  New River and the canyon rim of the New River Gorge. Views of the underside of the bridge can also be seen from the bottom of the gorge by traveling to Fayette Station.

New River Gorge Bridge

wv new river gorge stampA priority mail stamp commemorating the New River Gorge Bridge was designed by California artist Carl T. Herman and illustrated by Dan Cosgrove.The stamp was   issued on April 11, 2011 a $4.95 .Ironically the stamp was not issued locally.  In 2005 the U.S. mint as apart of the new 50 states quarter program.Chose the the New River Gorge bridge as the symbol of West Virginia.These quarters have gone up in value since their release and now commanding in upwards to $40.00 for an uncirculated mint condition.

New River Gorge Bridge Day

New River Gorge bridge day  annual festival has been held since the bridge was opened in 1977 every year on the third Saturday in October. . Each year nearly 100,00 people show up for this one day event. The Bride was built in 1977 and spans the New River Gorge and the New River. At one time it was the largest single span bridge in the world. China has surpassed more than one time since then. During this one day event the bridge is closed to traffic from both directions.Spectators watch as base jumpers leap from the edge for a once in a lifetime experience.Rappelling and the bridge high Line are back for 2012. Where lottery picked individuals slide down a 700 foot rope to the bottom of the gorge.   Visitors on Bridge Day are allowed to walk along the bridge way to shop vendors and exhibits set up by local craftsman.

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This year New River Gorge Bridge Day will be held on Saturday, Oct 20th.

Shuttles begin at 8:30 am to designated parking lots.From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Annual New River Gorge Bridge Day Festival – BASE Jumping, Rappelling & High line, and More! Rt. 19. New River Gorge Bridge

From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.-Bridge Day Car Show – Quality Inn Rt 19
From  2 – 6 p.m-usic in downtown Fayetteville -Chili & Cornbread Cook-off in downtown Fayetteville

Plan on doing a lot of walking and enjoy your stay!