Constructed on a part of the first federally funded national highway, the 1828 “S” Blaine Hill Bridge carried early travelers over Wheeling Creek and up the western hills from the Ohio River crossings in Bridgeport, OH and Wheeling, WV. At a constant grade of approximately 6.3% from east to west, it provided a way to travel the near 500-foot climb out of the valley. Built of stone, the Bridge is 345 feet in length, with 3 segmental arches of 25-foot, 40-foot, and 50-foot spans, though they appear to be equal. Its “S” shape carried travelers continually from the days of wagons to automobiles. The 1828 Bridge remains the longest existing span of its type on the entire 6 state Historic National Road. It is thought to be perhaps the first bridge in the Northwest Territory.Crumbling and in poor condition, the bridge was saved from demolition in 1999. In 2001, the Ohio Assembly unanimously passed legislation designating the bridge as Ohio's Official Bicentennial bridge.Now tucked beneath the current 1933 Blaine Hill Viaduct and I-70, this 1828 Bridge remains the anchor spot in illustrating 3 generations of American highway construction, engineering, and history of national transportation.
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