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Meridian Highway Bridge

General Information

Completion: 1924
Status: in use

Project Type

Location

Location: , , ,
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Crosses:
  • Missouri River
Carries:
  • U.S. Route 81
Coordinates: 42° 51' 52.00" N    97° 23' 37.00" W

Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 508.7 m
number of spans 7

Materials

towers steel
truss steel

Chronology

1952

Railroad tracks on bottom deck are removed and the deck is converted for vehicular use.

1983

Counterweights are removed so that the vertical lift span is no longer functional.

November 2011

The bridge is re-opened for non-vehicular traffic.

Notes

Comment by Kathy Grow, author of "The Bridge We Built":

"Railroad track was probably never actually fastened to the lower deck of the Meridian Bridge, as best we could tell after three years of extensive research. Some track did lay there for a time, but was certainly never used. The misconception usually arises from a popular 'artist's rendition' of the bridge, done prior to its construction, which shows track on the bottom deck."

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000952
  • Date created
    16/09/2000
  • Last Update
    05/02/2016