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William H. Natcher Bridge
US-231 Ohio River Crossing At Rockport
Rockport, Indiana

William H. Natcher Bridge

• Bridge: William H. Natcher Bridge
• Structure ID: NBI 030-0231-B0164
• City: Rockport
• State: Indiana
• Country: USA
• Carries: US-231
• Crosses: Ohio River
• Date Opened: October 21, 2002
• Total Length: 4,500 Feet
• Longest Span: 1,200 Feet
• Tower Height: 345 Feet
• Deck Width: 67 Feet
• Number Of Lanes: 4
• Number Of Spans: 1
• Height Above Water: 70 Feet (Estimated)
• Traffic Count: 4,500 (2004)
The Natcher Bridge was a project noted for endurance as much as technical achievement. The project was proposed many times, and was once planned to be completed in 1996. Once construction started, the concrete piers were finished in 1995, but construction of the bridge itself did not being until 1998. Once started, it should have taken about 2 years, but that stretched out until 2002 as the contractor was delayed due to weather, and then some unexpected complexity in assembling the cables attachments. At the same time, the construction could have taken an additional year, but the curing of the concrete was sped up by trucking in ice, and circulating chilled river water through the structure.

The Natcher Bridge is part of a larger highway project to build a 4-lane US-231, and to bypass Owensboro. Once this highway project is complete, traffic levels on the bridge should increase significantly.

The bridge is named after William H. Natcher, a long time congressman from Kentucky. Natcher passed away in 1994 after serving 40 years in the House. He is famous for never having missed a roll call vote, amassing a record of 18,401 consecutive votes.


William H. Natcher Bridge
William H. Natcher Bridge
William H. Natcher Bridge

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