|On Monday, April 26, 2021, the 830-foot main span was lifted onto two pairs of barges and moved into position in a massive, 13-and-a-half hour operation.|
The bridge was supported on the barges by eight sets of sectional pilings. Once in place, it was slowly jacked up and additional pilings set underneath until it was high enough to rest on its support piers.
“They alternate lifting it up, putting in more sections, and lowering it back down; kind of like Lincoln Logs,” said Tony Clark, District 6 Engineer with the West Virginia Division of Highways.
“I think back to when Governor Jim Justice and our West Virginia Department of Transportation upper management visited the site before any of this was constructed,” Clark continued. “The vision was clear then of what this would bring to our area. But on Monday, when the bridge was moved into place, it was such a special feeling. That’s an event that will live on in the minds of everyone in this valley for generations.”