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Old Vicksburg Bridge

Old Vicksburg Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 12, 2019

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Key Facts

Vicksburg: Warren County, Mississippi and Madison Parish, Louisiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever 26 Panel Pin-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Harrington, Howard, and Ash of Kansas City, Missouri

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
825 Feet (251.5 Meters)
Structure Length
8,546 Feet (2604.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a large cantilever truss bridge. It is unusual among surviving American cantilever truss bridges for a visually obvious suspended span, since the suspended Pennsylvania truss span rises up and "breaks up" the flow of the top chord in the cantilever arms. The bridge was built under the authority of Vicksburg Bridge and Terminal Company and operated as a combination railroad and highway bridge, with both the highway deck and the railroad deck contained within the two truss lines. In 1947, the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved purchasing the bridge after the company went bankrupt. The construction of the I-20 Bridge lessened the importance of this bridge as a highway crossing. In 1998 it was closed to highway traffic after concrete failure on the western approach. The Mississippi Department of Transportation wanted to repair and reopen the bridge but Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development refused to allow this. Even though Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development does not maintain any part of the bridge, they own the road leading up to the western end of the  bridge. Louisiana should be ashamed of itself for this, as a historic bridge the public should be allowed to use and appreciate the bridge. This is one of the finest historic bridges on the Mississippi River, and at the very least it should be open to pedestrian traffic. The bridge is currently fenced off with a massive steel wall and is inaccessible. For this reason, HistoricBridges.org has only a limited photodocumentation of this bridge.

One unique problem in this area for the two bridges over the river is a fault line. The bridge's most serious problem is the movement of pier 2, which is affected by the fault in the earth about 200-300 feet deep that also affects the Interstate 20 bridge. Pier 2 has moved between 30 and 32 inches from its original location in 1929, which is a very large amount for a bridge. This has resulted in the need for repairs and relocation of the bridge bearings.

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