WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge has been floated to its permanent location connecting roads in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
Four barges slowly transported the Wellsburg Bridge on Monday about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from a construction yard to where it was to be lifted onto existing trestles, the West Virginia Department of Transportation said.
The $131 million tied-arch bridge will connect state Route 2 in Wellsburg with state Route 7 in Brilliant, Ohio.
The bridge will allow motorists to avoid a longer trip north or south to other bridges into either state. Traffic is expected to open on the bridge by October 2022.