Dec. 29-31 2010

The Delmarva Peninsula was named for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic in general is rich in Roads Scholaring sites, and on this automotive trip, the Eyewitness Cam tended to get a little carried away near big cities and major bridges. But it goes with the territory when you opt to be a Roads Scholar (as trillions of people worldwide have done).

This photo set starts in the great Delmarvish state of Kentucky. Here we revisit the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge at Greenup Dam. The span is straight ahead on the KY 10 branch of the AA Highway. This photo is at the intersection of KY 10 and US 23, and the background is in Ohio.

KY 10 becomes the tiny OH 253 as it crosses the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge was finished in 1984 - years before the AA Highway. (Wikipedia calls it a viaduct.) The George W. Bush regime closed the observation platforms on the accompanying dam.

Southeast on US 52 near Franklin Furnace, OH.

Further on US 52, you see the pair of one-way bridges to Ashland, KY. One may access the bridges using the unusual ramp on the left. (Ohio seems to like oddly placed ramps.)

A view of Ashland from US 52 in Ohio.

US 52 famously crosses this 1970 bridge to Huntington, WV. This has been part of US 52 since 1984.

I-64 entering South Charleston, WV. This stretch was part of a then-recent project that involved building a new bridge. I-64 here is also known as the Cecil H. Underwood Freeway. (Every time I hear Underwood's name, I think of the state tourism map that bragged about West Virginia's first year-round school.)

Charleston is the city that keeps on giving, and it's peeping into view on the lower right.

Continuing into Charleston, this is one of the many Kanawha River crossings on I-64.

A view of Charleston. I'm not exactly sure what bridge you see here, but it could be Kanawha Boulevard at the mouth of the Elk River, or it could be Virginia Street or Randolph Street.

This I'm sure is the one-way Lee Street bridge, which carries US 60 east.

A good view of the Charleston skyline.

From I-64/77, this is the West Virginia State Capitol (the tallest building in the state). In the foreground though are the stands for University of Charleston Stadium or Laidley Field. The stadium is owned by the Kanawha County school system but it also serves the private University of Charleston. Notice how close the top of the stands is to the freeway. I bet rowdy fans throw beverages onto the Interstate all the time.

South on I-64/77 in Charleston. This is unusual because the northbound side at left is elevated on a wall - while the southbound side that we're on is also on a wall, which is elevated next to a rail line at right.

To evade the West Virginia Turnpike tolls, we lose I-64/77 and pick up US 60, which becomes this divided surface road along the Kanawha River.

Still on US 60. The bridge you see is the Adm. T.J. Lopez Bridge, which goes to WV 61 and the West Virginia Turnpike. One accesses this span using the ramp on the left.

Another view of the bridge. (Green bridge frameworks abound in the Mountain State.)

US 60 narrows to 2 lanes near Shrewsbury, WV.

A view across the Kanawha River of Montgomery, WV - which has some of the tallest buildings for a town of only 2,000. Montgomery is the home of West Virginia University Institute of Technology. It's also amusing that there's a town called Smithers across the river (like Montgomery Burns and Smithers on The Simpsons).

The bridge to Montgomery.

On US 60, the ramp from the Montgomery bridge is descending from the right.

This rail bridge near Alloy, WV, is camouflaged pretty well, but I had to include it here.

The road bridge at Kanawha Falls, WV.

On the Kanawha River at Glen Ferris, WV, there appears to be some sort of power-generating dam and falls.

I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I know US 60 picks up the New River. The bridge at center-right might be the rail span over the New near Gauley, WV. The foreground is probably where the New empties into the Kanawha.

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