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 .
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
A 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.