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DOH performs general maintenance on Korean War Memorial Bridge

By Staff | Dec 16, 2015

Traffic patterns across the Korean War Memorial in New Martinsville were affected for a few days last week as state Division of Highways workers made some minor repairs, said state DOH Spokesman Brent Walker.

Walker said the repair work, which lasted about two days, included patching a small spot as well as performing general maintenance work on the bridge across the Ohio River.

While DOH workers completed their task, law enforcement restricted traffic flow across the bridge to one lane. Walker said the bridge is perfectly safe that because of the warmer weather, the DOH has continued to make repairs in December. He said last year at this time, asphalt plants were closed because low temperatures effectively ended paving season. This year is different.

“We’re continue to make road and bridge repairs as nice as the weather has been,” Walker said.

The Korean War Memorial Bridge opened in 1961 and has a length of 2,100 feet, a width of 27.5 feet, and more than 8,100 vehicles travel each day between West Virginia’s Route 2 in New Martinsville and Ohio’s Route 7 in Hannibal, according to DOH statistics.

Incidentally, the bridge over the Route 2 on the West Virginia side of the river leading to the Korean War Memorial Bridge was named after Richard Snyder, a civic leader in New Martinsville. according to the DOH. Snyder was first elected in 1976 as a member of city council a position he held until 1993. Richard Snyder was elected in 1993 as mayor of New Martinsville and he served until his death on Jan. 6, 2001. He was a member of myriad boards and commissions.

Snyder was retired from the Mobay Chemical Company and served with U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.