Department of Transportation

Charles C. Rogers (Cotton Hill)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cotton Hill Station Bridge was an 812-foot steel deck truss built in 1927 by the Vincennes Bridge Company.  Renovated many times, including a 1991 contract for $210,000 to repair pier caps and provide foundation protection against the water scour of the rushing New River, the bridge had been posted with weight restrictions for almost a decade when a $5.8 million replacement contract was awarded.

Built by Bilco Construction Company of South Charleston just upstream of the existing bridge carrying WV 16 over the New River and CSX rail lines north of Fayette County 13, the eight-span rolled I-beam bridge officially opened to traffic in August 1999 in a ceremony renaming it Charles C. Rogers Bridge to honor the deceased major general and former resident who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam.

Following the opening ceremony, the old structure was detonated by the winner of a raffle conducted by the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Center to raise funds to renovate the local athletic field.