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Old 10-12-2010, 06:50 AM   #1
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New River Gorge Bridge

So we are going home on Saturday, October 16th. Travelling north on I-77, WV 19 to I-79. Guess what. The New River Gorge bridge will be CLOSED due to a "Bridge Day" party. #1.) How stupid is this? #2) what, if any is the detour around the bridge?

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Old 10-12-2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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Are you sure it is completely closed? It is a 4 lane bridge with a center median barrier, we were just there for 3 days, it looks like they are able to keep traffic moving by only shutting down one set of lanes. However you may still want to avoid the area as they expect over 100,000 people to attend the celebration of the bridge opening in the 1970's. They have hundreds of vendors set up in the median and expect over 400 sky divers to do 800 BASE jumps on that day.

We did the walk under the bridge on the catwalk, WOW!

Or you could embrace the opportunity and check it out. The best campground we were able to find was 20 miles north at Mt. Nebo, Summerville Lake Retreat. Probably booked by now.

We tried the campground at Babcock State Park, but it was completely empty, with no full time attendant, and no cell service. I could almost hear the banjos playing. So we chickened out and ended up at another small campground at a kayak outfitter within a half mile of the bridge.

To answer your question, there will be detours posted well in advance of the area as there are no close by detours. The old Fayetteville road low bridge is in the shadow of the new bridge and has been completely reconstructed, but you wouldn't want do do that with anything but a car or SUV and it is one way southbound and has sharp switchbacks.

Bridge Day 2010 - BASE Jumping Registration and Event Information

Summersville Lake Retreat

I am posting this other info as others doing a search on the New River Gorge bridge may be interested.


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Old 10-12-2010, 09:05 AM   #3
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I checked yout profile to see where home was. Had things been normal, it looks like you'd be coming up I-79 north to either I-80 east and exiting from somewhere from I-80 or exiting further north on I-79.

If you want to stay on interstate highways, continue on I-77 north to Akron, OH, then take I-76 east which will become I-80 east. Just be sure you do not take the I-76 east exit onto the Ohio Turnpike.

You can also take I-77 north and get on I-70 east at Cambridge, OH and jump on I-79 north at Washington, PA. However, there is construction going on at the I-70/I-79 interchange that heads north to Pittsburgh, PA (Welcome back to Pennsylvania. Home of the orange construction barrel!).

CJ7ole has some interesting pictures of the New River Gorge Bridge. I have some bridge pictures too-- 35mm slides of the bridge when it was under construction.

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Old 10-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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Actually coming from Williamsburg, VA to Stonewall Rsort in Weston, WV. Not doing the I-77 to I-79 thing to the west. Way too far out of the way. Came down through the area last Saturday and all the signs for at least 50 miles said the bridge was going to be closed. Have already stopped at an earlier occasion to view the bridge from below. Not able to do it again this trip.
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