The William H. Natcher Bridge, a magnificent cable-stayed crossing of the Ohio River between Owensboro, Kentucky and Rockport, Indiana, is a local landmark.



  • Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
  • Rockport, Indiana, USA




  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Project Status

  • Completed in 2002


  • One of the Top Ten Bridges of 2002, Roads & Bridges magazine

Crossing the Ohio River

To help relieve traffic congestion and open the area for more economic development, the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet—in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration—selected WSP USA to provide preliminary studies and design, final plans, specifications, and cost estimates for a steel alternate cable-stayed bridge over the Ohio River.


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‘A Magnificent Structure’

The William H. Natcher Bridge, which opened in August 2002, consists of a 4,505-foot-long four-lane bridge with a 1,200-foot main span, two 500-foot side spans, a 1,345-foot approach on the Kentucky side, and a 960-foot approach in Indiana.

“The William H. Natcher Bridge is a magnificent structure,” said James C. Codell, III, former Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at the opening ceremony. “[WSP] identified our needs and exceeded our expectations.”

WSP provided other engineering services, including state-of-the-art hydraulic modeling and scour analysis of the total crossing, ship-impact analysis, seismic evaluation and analysis, and preparation of contract documents for the bridge, including the approach structures and the main-span.  Innovative design elements also facilitated both construction and subsequent maintenance.