Two Huntington Bridges Structurally Deficient in Serious Need of Replacement; I-64 Bridge Also on List

Updated 30 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
A 2008 photo of the pink Eighth Street Bridge
A 2008 photo of the pink Eighth Street Bridge

A recent examination of bridges across the nation found in West Virginia 1,501 Functionally Obsolete Bridges (22.6%) and 1,352 Structurally Deficient Bridges (20.4%).

Two municipal structures, the Eighth Street bridge over Fourpole Creek  and the Wilson Court near Ferguson Court span  have been placed on the list of bridges structurally deficient that are in serious need of replacement.  Painting the Eighth Street bridge pink in 2008 stirred concern, although the intent was breast cancer awareness.

Results for the Eighth Street Bridge from Bridgefinder state:

Inspection (as of 09/2011)Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.6
(out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)5,300

By comparison, the Madison Avenue Bridge over Four Pole  constructed in 1928 by Lutten received the following evaluation in September 2011:

Inspection (as of 08/2011)Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)

Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)

Appraisal: Structurally deficient 

Sufficiency rating: 27.9 (out of 100)

Average daily traffic (as of 2010)11,500

 

However, the West Bound entrance to I-64 which is 0.01 miles West of US 10 is also deemed in serious condition and in need of replacement.

Five additional Cabell County bridges fall under “basically intolerant requiring high priority replacement”. These include:

-           A structure located 0.08 mile East of WV 2 over the Guyandotte River is deemed “urban, other principal arterial” and in “critical” need of replacement

-          A bridge spanning Merritt Creek 0.01 Mile North of County Road 105

-          A bridge over Davis Creek, 0.24 miles East of WV 10;

-          A bridge over Four Pole Creek , 0.20 miles North of CR 41;

-          A CSX Railroad bridge over County Roads 42/3;

-          A bridge over the Mud River in Barboursville, WV, 0.01 mile North of U.S. 60;

You can download an EXCEL spread sheet of those bridges OR download a less user friendly PDF.

Bridgefinder provided strong evaluations for two of the three bridges over the Ohio River (W. 17th St and the 31st Street), while the new Robert C. Byrd was not rated at that website.

Ohio River Bridge at W. 17th Street (Nick Rahall Bridge, refurbished ) in December 2010 scored:  

Inspection (as of 12/2010)Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)

Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)

Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)

Sufficiency rating: 84.7 (out of 100)

Average daily traffic (as of 2007)20,300

And the artistic cable stayed bridge over the Ohio at 31st Street received a strong evaluation in August 2011:

Inspection (as of 08/2011)

Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.3 (out of 100)

Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

16,000

 

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