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5th Street Bridge

WV-14 Bridge

5th Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 1, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
5th Street (Division Street / WV-14) Over Little Kanawha River
Parkersburg: Wood County, West Virginia: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: Mortimer W. Smith

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
350 Feet (106.68 Meters)
Structure Length
905 Feet (275.84 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 13 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is historically significant for its association with Roosevelt's Depression program, the Works Progress Administration. This bridge features special plaques that appear on some Depression era bridges across the country. They were designed by the federal government, and so the same design can be found in different states. These plaques list a 1935 construction date and list it as a "Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works Project No. 5410." No builder is listed for the bridge, but Mortimer W. Smith is listed as Chief Engineer, with C.P. Fortney as the Consulting Engineer.

The bridge is also aesthetically and technologically noteworthy for its impressive size. The tall trusses rise far above the roadway, making the experience of crossing the bridge an enjoyable one. The extensive v-lacing and lattice make this bridge even more visually appealing.


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