Arching across the New River Gorge at 3,030 feet from rim to rim, the New River Gorge Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, though most landmarks are not admitted to the list until they are at least 50 years old. The landmark span, located just north of Fayetteville, WV, towers 876 feet (267 meters) above the New River. Completion of the bridge in 1978 opened the New River Gorge Region of southern West Virginia to interstate commerce. Before the span opened, motorists were routed through narrow winding roads or through other areas of the state.
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