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Work could close historic Wheeling span up to 2 years

WHEELING, W.Va. – A Wheeling official says the city’s historic suspension bridge could be closed for up to two years for a lighting and wiring project.

City Manager Robert Herron says the $8.5 million project includes significant rewiring of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register reports that Herron discussed the project during a City Council meeting this week.

He said the state Division of Highways also plans a $2.5 million paving project in Wheeling.

Both projects are scheduled this year but Herron didn’t give specific start dates.

The suspension bridge was built in 1860. It replaced a suspension bridge built in 1849 that was damaged by a storm in 1854.


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