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New River Gorge Bridge Builders Reunite for a Special Bridge Walk

Bridge Walk provides visitors a unique experience more than 800 feet above the New River Gorge. On Saturday, May 5th, members of Iron Workers Local No. 301 of Charleston WV will reunite for a special day on the Bridge.

Lansing, WV, May 04, 2012 --( Dubbed as the “eighth wonder of the world” by the Fayette Tribune in 1977, the opening of the New River Gorge Bridge on October 27th marked the end of an engineering project showpiece and the opening of new possibilities for southern West Virginia. The Bridge builders, all members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local No. 301, were part of the historic structure and several will reunite on Saturday, May 5 at the new Bridge Walk attraction.

The visit and tour of the Bridge for the workers and their families marks an opportunity to see the structure they built in a new light. Opening in September 2010, Bridge Walk tours allow guests an up close tour of the workings of the bridge, its engineering highlights, and experience the massive structure that connects the banks of the New River National River. The unique catwalk allows visitors to walk under the entire length of the Bridge while discovering the engineering innovations, history of the Gorge, and breathtaking views 876 feet above the riverbank.

Managing member Benjy Simpson explains why the day was set aside for the Iron Workers. “The bridge builder, American Bridge Division of US Steel, used Iron Workers Local No. 301 of Charleston as the clearinghouse for all bridge workers. Many of these Iron Workers were seldom recognized for the job they performed. By providing a day at Bridge Walk, they can revisit the structure they crafted more than 35 years ago. We look forward to hearing stories about the construction, techniques, and the history they helped shape.” At least 5 builders are scheduled to take part in the event with their families.

For more information about Bridge Walk and to arrange participation in the May 5 event, contact Benjy Simpson at (304) 574-1300.
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