Buffalo Creek Bridge, U.S. Route 19, spanning Buffalo Creek near confluence of Monongahela River, Fairmont, Marion County, WV
Significance: The Buffalo Creek Bridge was constructed with funds appropriated under the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA). Under the direction of the Public Works Administration (PWA), the NIRA was devised by the presidential administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to provide relief to the unemployed and to stimulate economic and industrial recovery during the Depression of the 1930s. Buffalo Creek Bridge is also a significant representative of the bold use of reinforced concrete in the construction of arch bridges. The bridge compares favorably with the most well known reinforced concrete bridges with its refinement of form, elegant appearance, and attention to architectural detail.
Survey number: HAER WV-66
Building/structure dates: 1936 Initial Construction