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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