Interstate 77 New River Bridge Construction

I-77 in Virginia crosses over the New River and US-52 on twin high-level bridges, in Wythe County, 5 miles south of Fort Chiswell and 2 miles north of Poplar Camp. The 9.2-mile-long section of I-77 from VA-69 at Poplar Camp to I-81 at Fort Chiswell opened on December 4, 1978, completing I-77 from North Carolina to I-81; and that section includes the New River Bridges.

Here are some photos of the bridge under construction in 1977 and 1978. These photos were taken by personnel of the Hillsville Residency Office of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and I am using them by their permission.


Above, looking north, New River in foreground. Piers have been completed and continuous steel beams are being placed from pier to pier.
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Above, looking south. Steel beam superstructure has been placed on the piers, and reinforced concrete roadway deck is being constructed on the northbound bridge.
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Above, looking south. Steel beam superstructure has been placed on the piers, and reinforced concrete roadway deck is being constructed on the northbound bridge, with the steel re-bar visible with steel forms under the re-bar, and several concrete deck pours have already been placed.
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Above, looking south. Steel beam superstructure has been placed on the piers, and reinforced concrete roadway deck is being constructed on the northbound bridge. This view is looking downward between the two new bridges under construction. The tractor-trailer on the road below is on US-52, which was the major north-south primary highway that I-77 was built parallel to in Southwest Virginia.
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Above, looking south. Steel beam superstructure has been placed on the piers, and reinforced concrete roadway deck is being constructed on the northbound bridge, with several concrete deck pours have already been placed.
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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 3-1-2002, updated 4-2-2004)