New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.
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One of the places Betsy and I visited during our travels in September was the New River Gorge in West Virginia. We had visited the upper part of the New River back in April, 2009, and we wanted to see the new bridge over the gorge on US 19. The bridge is the third longest arch bridge in the world. We also thought it would be nice to drive down into the gorge along the old road.
The picture above is of the new New River Gorge Bridge, taken as we started going down into the gorge following the old winding road (West Virginia Route 82).
The Tunney Hunsaker Bridge across the New River, Fayette Station, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.
The Tunney Hunsaker Bridge carries Route 82 across the New River at Fayette Station at the bottom of the gorge. This bridge, and the winding road down into and then up out of the gorge was the only way to get across the river until the new bridge was built in 1977.
Routes across the New River Gorge in West Virginia.
The map above shows US 19 and the new bridge across the gorge, and the old route (in gold) that had to be used before the bridge was built.
The New River Gorge Bridge as seen from the old bridge across the river. September 17, 2011.
I was able to get a picture of the new bridge high above the river from a walkway on the old bridge.