Thursday, April 18, 2019

New River Gorge 1977 Bridge over two C&O routes and the river near Fayette, WV

(Bridge HunterSatellite, 1778+ Photos (that has to be the most photos for a location that I have seen so far))

The bridge carries US-19. But I added the rrCaO label because CSX has routes along both sides of the river.

Photo taken by Michael Miller December 2003
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New River Gorge Bridge From the Fayette Station Bridge
Photo taken by Michael Miller June 2000
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New River Gorge Bridge From Upstream

Photo taken by Michael Miller in January 1977
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New River Gorge Bridge During Construction


Photo taken by Michael Miller June 2002
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New River Gorge Bridge From The Visitor's Center Overlook

Photo taken by Michael Miller November 2004
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New River Gorge Bridge

Photo taken by Loyd Lowry
NRG Bridge at Night
Two trains pass under the bridge at night
Bob Sweigart posted
[This posting taught me that I have yet to write some notes about this bridge. Not all noteworthy bridges are railroad bridges. The comments on the post provide several more photos of the bridge.]
Doug Mangold some days you can walk across the bottom of it! And they close it for base jumping one day a year.Christopher Magargle I thought that base-jumping was canceled after a fatal accident years ago ?

A late friend of mine who was from West Virginia said they would close the bridge one day a year for bungee jumping. A comment I read indicated they also did base jumping until some one got killed. The Bridger Hunter page has comments by Robert Thompson about he and others rappelling from the catwalk under the bridge during the 2014 Bridge Day. He was on rope #5 and descended 825' three times.

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[Note the bridge that US-19 used before the arch bridge was built (HAER; Historic Bridges). The road had tight turns because it used switchbacks to get down the sides of the gorge. Also note the white rapids. The is a raft take-out location just downstream from those rapids that takes advantage of the old road down into the gorge.]

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[That is a view I'll never get of the bridge! And again we can see the former bridge and some white rapids.]

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