Blaine Hill Bridge

Ohio Bicentennial Bridge

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Blaine Hill Bridge Historic Marker

Blaine Hill Bridge historic marker; photo by Jasperdo on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Blaine Hill Bridge

The first Blaine Hill Bridge was constructed in 1828 as part of the National Road - the nation's first federally-funded highway. This three-arch S-shaped structure is 345 feet in length and spans Wheeling Creek (a tributary of the Ohio River).

The Blaine Hill bridge (located in Belmont county Ohio) is the longest original "S" bridge in existence on the old National Road. At a gradient of approximately 6.3 percent from east to west, it significantly eased, for the first time, the arduous 500-foot western climb out of the valley.

Crumbling and in poor condition, the bridge was saved from demolition in 1999, and in 2002 Blaine Hill Bridge was designated Ohio's official Bicentennial Bridge. Now tucked beneath the 1933 U.S. 40 viaduct and Interstate 70, this bridge illustrates the earliest of Ohio's three eras in national highway transportation.

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The Blaine Hill 'S' Bridge was constructed along the National Road in 1828. It crossed Wheeling Creek in Blaine, Ohio. Rising above is the US 40 Viaduct, built in 1933; photo by Jasperdo on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

The Blaine Hill 'S' Bridge and U.S. 40 viaduct

The Blaine Hill 'S' Bridge in Belmont county, Ohio was constructed in 1828 as part of the National Road; photo by Jasperdo on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). 

Blaine Hill Bridge in Ohio