Crews prepare for 8th Street Bridge replacement
HUNTINGTON — Work has begun on the 8th Street Bridge in Huntington as crews prepare for a project to eventually replace the nearly 98-year-old structure.
West Virginia Division of Highways crew members began redirecting traffic across the bridge this week to conduct core drilling, a process that removes pieces of the bridge’s roadway for eventual replacement of the entire roadway.
The project will add wider lanes, a middle turn lane, bigger sidewalks and shoulders along the roadway.
Built in 1920, the 8th Street Bridge runs west of Ritter Park, spanning Fourpole Creek from 8th Street to McCoy Road. The estimated cost of the 8th Street Bridge replacement is approximately $1,613,200. It’s part of a construction project that would also replace the 5th Street Bridge, which is approximately 97 years old, for $2,063,400.
The Division of Highways said railings on both bridges have deteriorated beyond normal repair and have lost columns, known as balusters. Both bridges received ratings of “poor” during recent inspections, according to the DOH.