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Memphis and Arkansas Bridge

Memphis and Arkansas Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-55 Over Mississippi River
Location
Memphis: Shelby County, Tennessee and Crittenden County, Arkansas: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever 22 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1949 By Builder/Contractor: Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia and Engineer/Design: Modjeski and Masters

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
790.4 Feet (240.91 Meters)
Structure Length
5222.4 Feet (1591.79 Meters)
Roadway Width
51.8 Feet (15.79 Meters)
Spans
5 Main Span(s) and 27 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
2271

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This bridge is a significant historic bridge all on its own. What makes this setting even more unique is that this bridge sits right next to two even more significant historic bridges, the Frisco Bridge and the Harahan Bridge. Three historic cantilever truss bridges over the Mississippi River side by side, two of those bridges being nationally significant: there is no other historic bridge trio like this in North America.

This bridge, the Memphis and Arkansas Bridge was built to provide a new crossing for vehicular traffic, replacing the two cantilevered vehicular traffic decks that are on the Harahan Bridge. Harahan Bridge was designed by famous bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski. Although he had died by the time the Memphis and Arkansas Bridge was built, his firm, Modjeski and Masters was the engineering firm for the Memphis and Arkansas Bridge.

Contractors for the bridge included the Harris Structural Steel Company of South Plainfield, New Jersey, the Virginia Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia (formerly the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company), and the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation of New York, New York.

Although this bridge carries heavy Interstate Highway traffic, it retains good historic integrity with no major alterations. Pedestrian sidewalks remain on the bridge with original railings.

 

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