East Huntington Bridge (Frank 'Gunner' Gatski Bridge)

The 1985 East Huntington Bridge (Frank 'Gunner' Gatski Bridge) was the second concrete cable-stayed bridge to be built in the United States. It was the first to be constructed in West Virginia and was built as a federal demonstration project. Discussions about a new Ohio River Bridge for East Huntington became controversial in the early 1970's. The Huntington Master Plan called for a bridge to be built about a mile upstream at Rome, Ohio. The bridge was to connect to a new road to be built through Lewis Hollow to Interstate 64. However, the location at the mouth of the Guyandotte River eventually was chosen. The Coast Guard was then unhappy since the design called for a central pier. As a result, the central pier was moved closer to the Ohio side, and a concrete segmental box beam was designed to connect the cable-stayed span and the West Virginia side. The West Virginia side was also to directly connect to US 60, but the ramp was never completed. The stub still exists. Frank 'Gunner' Gatski was Marshall University's first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Lawrence County, Ohio - Cabell County, West Virginia

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