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The New Hi Carpenter Memorial Bridge

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Governor Moore has promised residents a new bridge. Federal funds have been available to replace the structure. The Department of Highways has advertised for bids on the first contract for a new Ohio River bridge between St. Mary’s and Newport. The department will open bids March 20, 1973 on a contract for construction of the only river pier on the project. The pier, which will be located 400 feet from the West Virginia shore, will be 115 feet high (from bedrock to its top) 100 feet wide and 20 feet thick. A basically solid shaft will support two 30 foot columns. The governor said the department expects to advertise shortly for demolition of the piers from the original St. Mary’s span. Site A has been chosen for the span.

Work yet to be let to contract for the new structure includes eight land piers (four on each shore) the superstructure and the approaches, which will tie into West Virginia 2 and Ohio 7.

The new bridges will be of Cantilever truss design. Its overall length will be 2,550 feet, with the main span or that part over the navigable portion of the river to be 900 feet. The bridge will be 70 feet above the water.

The new bridge was dedicated on November 19, 1977 named Hi Carpenter Memorial Bridge. The dedication ceremonies included musical selections by: Frontier Band and St. Mary’s Band. Invocation was given by Rev. R. A. Atkinson of United Methodist Church of St. Mary’s Color’s were presented by VFW Post 222, St. Mary’s, American Legion Post 79, St. Mary’s. Pledge of Allegiance: was lead by Mayor Robert Doty of Belmont, West Virginia, National Anthem was played by Frontier High School Band, Welcome and Introductions were given by Mayor Arthur G. Olds, St. Mary’s, Musical Selections were: “Evergreen” by Frontier High School Band “Country Roads” vocalist Joy Catsos, of Charleston, West Virginia. Accompaniment St Mary’s High School Band. Remarks were given by: Assistant Director Dennis Garwood-Ohio department of Transportation Senator Jennings Randolph-State of West Virginia . Commissioner Charles L. Miller-West Virginia Department of Highways: Governor John D. Rockefeller 1V-State of West Virginia. Musical Selections: “Chicago, My Kind of Sound” Frontier High School Band “Theme From Rocky” St. Mary’s High School Band. Proclamation: Governor John D. Rockefeller IV-State of West Virginia. Benediction: Charles Newell-Church of Christ Newport, Ohio. Ribbon Cutting: Governor John D. Rockefeller IV.