Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge is a suspension bridge built in 1931 that carries U.S. Route 62 Business across the Ohio River to connect Maysville, Kentucky with Aberdeen, Ohio. Its main span is 1,060 feet (320 meters) long, and the total length of the bridge is 1,991 feet (607 meters). The bridge was designed by Modjeski and Masters and was open to traffic on November 25, 1931. Tolls were collected from the opening of the bridge until 1945.

Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge
Taken from the Kentucky side
Coordinates38.649933°N 83.759626°W / 38.649933; -83.759626
Carries
US 62 Bus.[1]
CrossesOhio River
LocaleMaysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio
Maintained byKentucky Transportation Cabinet
Characteristics
DesignSuspension bridge
Total length607 meters (1,991 feet)
Longest span323 meters (1,060 feet)
History
Construction cost$1.6 million[2]
Opened1931

The bridge was closed for rehabilitation in 2003 and 2004 after the William H. Harsha Bridge was completed. URS Corp. prepared the rehabilitation plans which consisted of a deck replacement, structural steel repairs, a new inspection walkway, and a new handrail on the main spans. The bridge was painted and returned to its original color, silver. It was rumored that the bridge was painted green during World War II to help 'disguise' it from air attacks. National Engineering and Contracting Company completed the construction and painting for the rehabilitation at a cost of $5.7 million.

References

  1. "KYTC | General Highway Map". Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  2. "Kentucky, Ohio teams doing bridge inspections". Maysville-online.com. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24.


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