The giant sweeping bridge over the New River Gorge will grace West Virginia's, 2005 commemorative quarter.

Governor Wise says the bridge will be West Virginia's representation to the nation and the world for generations to come.

The image of the 876-foot high span framing a vista of the Fayette County gorge will be minted on quarters beginning late this year.

The design was created by Jamie Lester of Morgantown.

State residents cast more than 79,000 ballots by e-mail, fax, regular mail in the last two weeks to decide between the bridge design and a quilt-clad outline of the state.

The bridge received almost 80% of the vote.

West Virginia's quarter will be the 35th minted as part of a commemorative coin series that will feature all 50 states. West Virginia was the 35th state to join the union, in 1863.