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The U.S. GRANT BRIDGE is the name of the two bridges that carry and have carried traffic on U.S. Route 23 between Portsmouth, Ohio and South Portsmouth, Kentucky
South Portsmouth, Kentucky
across the Ohio River
Ohio River
in the United States . The original suspension bridge was closed and demolished in 2001 and the replacement cable-stayed bridge opened on October 16, 2006.

CONTENTS

* 1 Current U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
* 2 Original U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

CURRENT U.S. GRANT BRIDGE

Contracts for the new U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
were given in the spring of 2001. Construction was expected to be complete in June 2004, but work fell behind schedule due to inclement weather, unusual flooding of the Ohio River
Ohio River
, and the partial sinking of a floating construction barge which carried one of the cranes used to work on the center span of the bridge. The date of completion was moved to October 16, 2006. U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
under construction on June 21, 2005

In addition, many downtown business owners were upset over the delays and often criticized the construction company, C.J. Mahan Construction Company, for delays on days when it was sunny and the river levels were average. It should be noted that the bridge was critically underdesigned and not constructible until C.J. Mahan stopped construction and awaited a near complete redesign by the design consultant. Another complaint was that this is the first major bridge project the construction company that was awarded the construction contract has worked on. However, C.J. Mahan has constructed other large bridges in Ohio and West Virginia. Local business owners demanded that ODOT pay local businesses $8 million in lost profit. A view of the current bridge from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River

ORIGINAL U.S. GRANT BRIDGE

U.S. GRANT BRIDGE (FORMER)

1930s postcard

COORDINATES

38°43′50″N 82°59′49″W / 38.73056°N 82.99694°W / 38.73056; -82.99694

General U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

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LOCATION Ohio R.-Chillicothe and Second St., South Portsmouth, Kentucky
South Portsmouth, Kentucky

COORDINATES 38°43′29″N 82°59′53″W / 38.72472°N 82.99806°W / 38.72472; -82.99806

BUILT 1927

ARCHITECT Robinson and Steinman; et al.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE Cable suspension bridge

NRHP REFERENCE # 01000560

ADDED TO NRHP May 31, 2001

CARRIES 2 lanes of US 23

CROSSES Ohio River
Ohio River

LOCALE Portsmouth, Ohio and South Portsmouth, Kentucky
South Portsmouth, Kentucky

MAINTAINED BY Ohio Department of Transportation
Ohio Department of Transportation

CHARACTERISTICS

DESIGN Suspension bridge

HISTORY

OPENED 1927

CLOSED 2001

STATISTICS

TOLL tolls dropped in 1974

The original U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
was a suspension bridge . The bridge opened to traffic as a toll bridge in 1927. It wasn't until 1974 when the Ohio Department of Transportation
Ohio Department of Transportation
bought the bridge from the Ohio Bridge Commission and removed the tolls. The U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
was the only automobile bridge in Scioto County to cross the Ohio River
Ohio River
which became a nightmare when the bridge closed for repairs in 1978 which then reopened in 1980. However, Scioto County would have more arteries to cross with the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge opened in 1984 and the Carl Perkins Bridge opened in 1988.

In 1992, ODOT initiated a long-range study to determine whether to continue to rehabilitate the existing bridge or construct a new span. ODOT had spent $9 million from 1977 to 1996 by the time the study was completed to rehabilitate portions of the bridge. According to the study, rehabilitating the span would add only 20 useful years to the suspension bridge before rehabilitation would need to occur again and would cost nearly $30 million. It was found not cost-efficient to continuously rehabilitate the suspension bridge when a new structure would be cheaper in the long-run. The bridge continued to age and once again closed from repairs in 1994.

On July 3, 2001, the original suspension bridge was permanently closed to traffic and the entire structure was torn down within a few months.

SEE ALSO

* Bridges portal * Kentucky portal * Ohio portal

Wikimedia Commons has media related to U.S. GRANT BRIDGE .

* List of crossings of the Ohio River
Ohio River

REFERENCES

* ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* C.J. Mahan