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Huntington Banks to open temporary branch

Huntington Banks, which has an office in Nitro, will open a temporary branch in St. Albans on Jan. 7 and keep both offices open throughout the period the Nitro-St. Albans bridge is closed.

"Huntington believes in 'Doing The Right Thing' for our customers by opening a temporary branch in St. Albans," Bill Eiler, spokesman for the bank, said in an email. "We want to continue to provide our customers with the convenience and exemplary service to which they're accustomed.

"The branch in St. Albans will simply be temporary and operating until the bridge connecting the two towns is again accessible," he said.

The temporary St. Albans branch will be at 74 Olde Main Plaza. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The branch will not be open on Saturday.

The Nitro branch, which will remain open throughout the bridge closure, is at 1905 First Ave. The lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Nitro drive-through is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The state Division of Highways will close the Nitro-St. Albans bridge on Jan. 7 for a $24 million overhaul that will reinforce and widen the piers, replace the superstructure and deck, add a lane and increase the weight limit. Work under the bridge has been underway since March.

The bridge is expected to re-open on Nov. 8.

The span, over the Kanawha River, is named the Richard "Dick" Henderson Memorial Bridge.

It was erected in 1934. The bridge has been of some concern for a while. In 2008 the weight limit was reduced from 14 to 12 tons.

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.



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