: The Ironton–Russell Bridge opened in 1922 as the first highway bridge along the Ohio River between Parkersburg, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio. Soon, the Ironton-Russell bridge was followed by numerous others at Ashland, Portsmouth, and Huntington. The bridge was retrofitted in the 1970s with strengthening beams and plates. Later inspection of the bridge revealed that these plates had been welded to the bridge using techniques that violated the bridge welding codes and reduced the fatigue strength of primary load members. As a result of these findings, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) added reinforcements to some vertical members to improve structural redundancy.
Photo taken by the Works Progress Administration sometime between 1936-1943. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B15F04_003_002_004 Subjects
: Bridges--Ohio--Cincinnati; Transportation--Roads; Architecture--Ohio--Pictorial works.; Bridges Ohio; Cityscape Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)