Steubenville, Ohio, to Weirton, West Virginia
The cable‑stayed Veterans Memorial Bridge carrying US 22 between Weirton, West Virginia, and Steubenville, Ohio, is a towering structure made of concrete and steel that combines the strengths of both. Michael Baker was selected by the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) to provide bridge inspection services per NBIS and WVDOH standards.
The bridge consists of six spans with the main spans comprised of a 2-span asymmetric cable stayed structure that has span lengths of 820 and 688 feet. The main tower extends 431 feet above the Ohio River. Approach spans on the structure cross over Ohio Route 7 and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. The approach spans are conventional concrete deck on steel plate girders with spans that vary from 103 to 142 feet in length.
Our team conducted a complete in-depth inspection, providing a condition evaluation of all elements of the bridge. Hands-on access to the exterior of the main tower and cable stays was gained using Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) rappelling techniques and electric powered cable climbers.
A bridge monitoring survey recorded deck and tower position measurements while the bridge was open to traffic. Ongoing deck and tower movement monitoring will continue to be performed every other year during routine inspections, to determine if any irregular deck or tower movement is occurring.
“We are proud to have been selected by the WVDOH to complete this critical six-year bridge inspection project, to protect the integrity of this vital structure.”
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