Monument Place Bridge

Monument Place Bridge

The purpose of the project is to evaluate the most economical and feasible rehabilitation or replacement options for the stone arch structure. Six (6) alternatives were developed and compared from a design and cost perspective. The existing historic bridge will remain regardless of the option selected.

A workshop will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 in the cafeteria of the Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling, WV. There will be no formal presentation. The workshop is intended to be informal to maximize the interaction between the citizens and project team. We invite you to browse the displays and encourage discussions with the project team.

Those unable to attend the workshop may download the Meeting Handout and Meeting Presentation materials.

History of Bridge

  • Locally known as Monument Place Bridge, this bridge was constructed by Moses Shepherd in 1817 as part of the National Road. The bridge is also known as the Shepherd Bridge and Elm Grove Stone Arch Bridge.
  • In 1931, the overhanging sidewalks were added.
  • In 1958, a concrete veneer was applied over the stones.
  • On August 21, 1981, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Existing Conditions

  • Existing traffic volume is 12,850 vehicles per day.
  • Bridge has a posted weight limit of 16 tons for single-unit trucks and 32 tons for tractor trailer trucks.
  • Concrete veneer is delaminating, exposing the underlying original stones.
  • There is a loss of mortar between the exposed stones.
  • The overhanging sidewalk is showing signs of deterioration.

Conditional Issues

Exposed Original Stones
Exposed Original Stones
Overhanging Sidewalk Deterioration
Overhanging Sidewalk Deterioration
Scour on Bridge Pier
Scour on Bridge Pier

Project Schedule

  • July 2, 2012 - All public comments due to WVDOH.
  • Summer 2012 - Begin environmental studies.
  • Fall 2012 - Additional Public Meetings for Environmental Document.
  • 2013 and Beyond - Final Design of Preferred Alternative and Construction.

Commenting ended on Monday, July 2, 2012.


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