Dec. 30, 2008
 
Pomeroy-Mason Bridge to Open Tuesday
 
Special to Huntingtonnews.net
 
Charleston, WV (HNN) — West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox will join officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation to announce the opening of the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge (Ohio State Route 833) on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. An 11:00 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in the middle of the span which crosses the Ohio River in Pomeroy, Ohio. After the ceremony, traffic will open on the span.
 
“Completion of this signature bridge for the villages of Pomeroy and Mason is significant and maximizes the potential for economic development in the region,” according to Larry Woodford, ODOT District 10’s District Deputy Director. “The bridge is only part of the approximately $65 million project. A 730 ft. x 35 ft. structural retaining wall was constructed after design input from local residents and officials. The mural on the wall depicts life along the Ohio River and is visible when crossing the bridge into Pomeroy.”
 
“We congratulate and commend the Ohio Department of Transportation on such a wonderful structure and for allowing us the opportunity to share in the opening of this important link between Mason and Pomeroy,” stated Secretary Mattox. “We look forward to participating in the formal dedication in the spring of 2009, as we acknowledge the accomplishments of 3 local veterans from both West Virginia and Ohio.”
 
The structure will formally be known as the “Bridge of Honor” to honor local veterans Staff Sergeant Jimmie G. Stewart, of Mason, WV and General James V. Hartinger and Corporal Edward A. Bennett, both of Middleport. Stewart and Bennett were Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and Hartinger was a four star general.


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