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Blennerhassett Bridge Day?
June 16, 2008 - Jody Murphy
Last week officials allowed the public to tour the new Corridor D Blennerhassett Island Bridge spanning the Ohio River. The event even included a run.
How 'bout having an annual Blennerhassett Bridge Day?
Make it something like Fayetteville's Bridge Day, celebrating the New River Gorge Bridge.
Every third Saturday in Oct., the two-lane, northbound side of the bridge - at one time longest single-span steel arch bridge in the world - is closed to allow pedestrian traffic and BASE jumpers access to the deck. Vendors from all over the country come in and set up stands that span a mile deep on both sides of the bridge. Thousands. Hundreds of thousands come from all over to take in the event and watch the BASE jumpers.
Such BASE jumping would be impossible from the Blenny Bridge - since it is only 84 feet from the deck to the Ohio River, but perhaps some other form of entertainment could be drummed up to bring people to a Blenny Bridge Day. Maybe some sort of high dive competition?
Hold the event in conjuction with Parkersburg Homecoming or a Riverfest.
The event could be a small tourist draw for the area.
Just an idea.
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The New River Gorge Bridge