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Grand Tower Pipeline Bridge

Grand Tower Pipeline Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 4, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pipeline Over Mississippi River
Grand Tower and Wittenberg: Jackson County, Illinois and Perry County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1955 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Matthews and Kenan of San Antonio, Texas

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
2,162 Feet (658.8 Meters)
Structure Length
3,690 Feet (1124.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This unusual riveted pipeline suspension bridge is one of several similar such bridges in the country. These bridges are noted for their impressive and distinctive tower design. American Bridge Company of New York was the superstructure contractor. American Steel and Wire Company supplied the cables. E.E. Moncla was the resident engineeer. Matthews and Kenan were consulting engineers for this bridge (as well as other similar bridges across the country), with Mitchell and Hunt acting as associate engineers. The towers are 266 feet tall.

While bridge historians unfamiliar with the local area might assume this bridge and area is called "Grand Tower" after the bridge (which does indeed have grand towers!) the name refers to Tower Rock, a natural rock formation in this area of the Mississippi River.

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