William H. Harsha Bridge (US 231) over Ohio River

Maysville Bridge Ky 3

Project Type: Construction Engineering

Location: Maysville, Kentucky

Owner: Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet/ ODOT

Client: Entran

Construction Cost: $36 Million

Completion Date: 2000

JSE provided specialty design services for this signature steel superstructure cable-stayed bridge on US 231 over the Ohio River between Maysville, KY, and Aberdeen, Ohio. Utilizing JSE’s own in-house bridge design software, “BRUCO”, JSE developed a complex, time-dependent structural model to determine cable-stay forces, superstructure design stresses, and bridge geometry. JSE provided a stress/capacity design check of the superstructure and substructure for each step of erection; including time effects for creep and shrinkage and unbalance moments during weekly cycles.

This cable-stayed bridge has a 1,050 ft main span and side spans of 525 ft. The William H. Harsha Bridge has towers reaching upwards of 304 ft above the river in addition to two 12-ft lanes and two 12-ft shoulders. The cable-stayed superstructure consists of a concrete deck supported by two main 84” to 60” deep steel plate girders with floor beams. The concrete deck is composed of precast deck sections which have cast-in-place joints and post-tensioning in both longitudinal and traverse directions.


Total Length: 2100’

Number of Spans: 3 (1050’ Main)

Width: 60’-0”


ACEC Indiana Awards of Engineering Excellence - Grand Project, 2001


Maysville Bridge (William H Harsha Bridge) United States of America - roadtraffic-technology.com, 2000