GLEN DALE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Highways plans to spend about $8.2 million to renovate the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the project Thursday. Sada said work should begin within the next year, but he couldn't say how long it would take.
Dave Sada, a state bridge engineer, told the Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/UPU4dh ) that the structure is sound, but it's better to do maintenance before there's a problem. Plans call for minor structure repairs, lighting upgrades, cleaning, painting and other small improvements.
The bridge over the Ohio River was built in 1849, when Wheeling was still part of Virginia. Sada says the bridge last saw significant renovations in 1999.