Fifth Street Bridge – Parkersburg WV

Description

Parkersburg’s historic Fifth Street Bridge was constructed between Sept. 1935 and Apr. 1937. The bridge, which crosses the Little Kanawha River, was built with federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds in addition to tolls from the nearby East Street Bridge. The PWA supplied a grant of $119,723 for the project, whose total cost was $536,303.

PWA Docket No. WV 5410.

Excerpt from the The Parkersburg News, April 14, 1937:

“Fifth Street Bridge nearing completion

The Fifth Street bridge across the Little Kanawha river should be completed by May, it was announced yesterday by H.R. Staley, government engineer inspector for the WPA on the project.

Mr. Staley said the state road commission had let the contract for the removal of 28 trees on Fifth Street to Nu-Way Nurseries, and that this work would be undertaken within the next few days.”

Source notes

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 78.

https://www.mackeysclockrepair.com/more_5_old_parkersburg_wv_pictur.html

https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wvirginia/parkersburg/

National Archives Record Group 69-N

The Parkersburg News And Sentinel, WPA tackles Parkersburg projects, May 7, 2016: (https://www.newsandsentinel.com/opinion/local-columns/2016/05/wpa-tackles-parkersburg-projects/), accessed April 1, 2018.

The Parkersburg News, April 14, 1937.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on June 2, 2015.
Additional contributions by Brent McKee, February 14, 2018.

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Location Info


5th St.
Parkersburg, WV

Coordinates: 39.260237, -81.556365

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