Meridian Highway Bridge
Vertical lift bridge
Through truss bridge
Pratt type truss bridge
|Function / usage:||
Bicycle and pedestrian bridge
Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Cedar County, Nebraska, USA
|Coordinates:||42° 51' 52.00" N 97° 23' 37.00" W|
|total length||508.7 m|
|number of spans||7|
Railroad tracks on bottom deck are removed and the deck is converted for vehicular use.
Counterweights are removed so that the vertical lift span is no longer functional.
The bridge is re-opened for non-vehicular traffic.
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."
Relevant Web Sites
- Spans in Time: A History of Nebraska Bridges. Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln (USA), pp. 106. (1999):
- The Bridge We Built. The Story of Yankton's Meridian Bridge. Vintage Point Press, Yankton (USA), pp. 240. (2001):
- Great American Bridges and Dams. A National Trust Guide. John Wiley & Sons, New York (USA), pp. 237. (1984):
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