The Wellsburg Bridge float and lift process is scheduled to begin at 8 am this Friday and will continue into Saturday to be finished.
The bridge was constructed entirely offsite, and it will be transported by barge 1 mile down the Ohio River and lifted into its final resting place on the existing trestles.
Once completed, the Wellsburg Bridge will connect Route 2 in Wellsburg with Route 7 in Brilliant. This gives an alternate route for many communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
Day 1 – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
7:30 a.m. – Media begins to arrive, check-in and set up
8:30 a.m. – Bridge will be floated out to the middle of the river
9 a.m. – Bridge will be floated downriver between the piers in the river
11 a.m. – Bridge will turn 90 degrees
1 p.m. – Bridge will be pushed upriver and positioned ready for lifting into place
Day 2 – SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021
3 a.m. – All systems and positioning will be checked
3:30 a.m. – Bridge will be lifted to the height needed to position over piers
11:30 a.m. – Once in the air, bridge will be pushed upstream over the bridge piers
12:30 p.m. – Once in position, bridge will be lowered onto the piers and positioned
3:30 p.m. – Once on the piers, jacking system will be lowered to clear bridge
4 p.m. – Barges with jacks will be pushed back upstream to barge slips. Once this action is completed, all river traffic will be cleared.