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First steel beam placed for new W.Va. bridge

May. 09, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new bridge connecting Nitro and St. Albans is marking a milestone.

The West Virginia Division of Highways says the first piece of steel was put in place for the new Dick Henderson Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say each steel beam is about 11 feet tall and 120 feet long. The beams are being stored at an agency office near Amandaville and are being brought down the river on a barge.

Once all of the beams are in place and secured, work can begin on the bridge deck. The project is still on schedule to be completed in November.

The bridge is replacing a 79-year-old span that was demolished earlier this year.



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