The bridge has lost it's title of "longest steel-arch bridge in the world" to a new one in Shanghai!
A few numbers:
Height 876 feet
Bridge Length 3,030 feet
Arch Length 1,700 feet
The link below has a lot of the construction details.
If you happen to be on US60 going from Barboursville to Huntington, WV and you think you see a pink elephant standing out in front of a small strip of shops, you are not hallucinating.
There is a huge pink elephant (15-20feet tall), just standing on a plot of grass. Not sure if it is an advertising gimmick or what, but it sure is an eye-catcher.
to get there:
US60 (Midland Trail) starting near I-64 exit 18 (route 19) and driving west towards Huntington. I seem to remember going by a golf course but the exact location along the road has vanished from my memory.
On the 3rd Saturday in October the bridge is open to pedestrians. For pictures of the various activities that take place see the link below:)
The New River Gorge was named a "National River" in 1973. It is a whitewater area of which now 53 miles are protected.
A nice place to stay to enjoy the gorge is Hawks Nest State Park.